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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1627

R. Buckminster Fuller collection


Collection of materials by and about American architect and futurist, R. Buckminster Fuller.


  • 1928-1961

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.25 linear feet (1 box)
Includes: a mimeograph copy of Fuller's 4D Time Lock, with an autograph inscription, signed to Dot Morse [Dorothy Morse Howe] and Dick Morse, with designs and explanations for his Dymaxion house; also contains correspondence, clippings about Fuller, blueprints, and printed ephemera concerning Fuller and his 4D Company inventions, and Dymaxion architecture projects. Includes a letter from Fuller to Eleanor Roosevelt, and letters to others.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor, and futurist. Fuller was the son of Richard Buckminster Fuller and Caroline Wolcott Andrews. He attended, but was expelled from Harvard College. Buckminster Fuller was a descendant of transcendentalist Margaret Fuller and also of Unitarian clergyman Arthur Buckminster Fuller.


Arranged alphabetically by author or title.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

60M-122. Gift of Dorothy Morse Howe [Mrs. Carleton G. Howe]; received: 1961 January.
Provenance: Dorothy Morse Howe (Mrs. Carleton G. Howe) was a friend of Fuller's, who assembled these materials and donated them to Houghton. Fuller requested they come to Houghton due to the other Fuller family collections held here [see item (11) below for correspondence between donor Dorothy Howe and McGeorge Bundy of Harvard University. ].

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983. R. Buckminster Fuller collection, 1928-1961: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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