School of Architecture Archive

The SoA Archive is a repository of manuscripts and objects documenting the history of the School of Architecture from 1930 to the present. Holdings include student thesis and studio project files, faculty collections, and administrative records. The Student Work Collection contains approximately 600 studio and thesis projects, and includes hand-drawn color renderings, presentation boards, 35mm slides, photographic prints, architectural models, and digital files.

The SoA Archive also holds the papers of faculty members such as Jean Labatut (1899-1986) and Martin L. Beck (1900-1989). The Labatut Collection includes papers, 35mm and lantern slides, films, blueprints, drawings, project files, and student works donated to the School by Professor Jean Labatut, Chief Design Critic and Director of Graduate Studies from 1928 to 1967. Substantial materials from the Labatut collection are also available in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections' Manuscript Division (Firestone Library) and the Princeton University Archives and Public Policy Papers (Seely G. Mudd Manuscript Library). The Beck Collection consists of personal and professional files from 1925 to 1980. A 1928 graduate from Princeton's School of Architecture, Martin L. Beck taught at the School until the war effort pulled him away on government contracts in 1942. His papers include lecture notes, slides, sketchbooks, plans and photos, and correspondence. 

Materials housed in the SoA Archive are available for scholarly research with the permission of the Dean of the School. For more information see Archives.