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COLLECTION Identifier: DES-2019-0007-15420111630

ARCHIGRAM: Magazine and Ephemera Collection

Scope and Contents

ARCHIGRAM (an amalgamation of archi-tecture and tele-gram) began as a self-published magazine by its main group members Peter Cook and David Greene. Produced between 1961 - 1974, the magazines (spanning nine and a half issues) showcased experimental architectural work to an increasingly global audience; as such they are seminal documents of avant-garde architectural ideas. The hugely influential and extremely scarce Archigram magazine included in this collection (9 vols., various formats) is accompanied by an extensive collection of rare ephemera consisting of posters, flyers, cards, publication prints, and 5 original colored photographs.

Dates

  • Majority of material found in 1961-1974
  • 1961-1998

Creator

Language of Materials

English.

Condition Description

9 vols. Various formats, very good condition.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright of the magazine remains with Archigram Group.

Extent

1 linear feet (1 flat box)

Historical Note

English architectural group and periodical of the 1960s. The periodical began as a student publication founded by Peter Cook in 1960, and by 1964, consisted of Peter Cook, Warren Chalk, Dennis Crompton, Ron Herron, David Greene, and Mike Webb. In the form of a self-published zine using modern techniques such as photocopying, it was distributed by mail and by hand, and the material illustrated in the priodical was considered visionary and avant-garde. Among the most well known projects included are Ron Herron's "Walking Cities" project, (1964) which comprised large urban structures set in motion on mechanical legs. The high-point of their success was marked by their winning a major international competition for an underground entertainment center in Monte Carlo (1970).

Arrangement

The Archigram Magazine and Ephemera Collection is arranged in two Series: Series A (Archigram Magazine - with each issue a Subseries thereunder), and Series B (Archigram Ephemera).

Provenance

Purchased from Sims Reed Rare Book Dealer, 2019.

Processed by

Ines Zalduendo.

Creator

Title
ARCHIGRAM Magazine and Ephemera Collection
Subtitle
A descriptive inventory of the archival holdings in the Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design
Status
in_progress
Author
Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Date
2020
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
und
EAD ID
des00046

Repository Details

Part of the Frances Loeb Library Repository

The archival collections at GSD consist of primary source materials that further academic research in the design fields both within the GSD and beyond Harvard University. These materials, individually and collectively, offer engaging documentation of design history, theory, and practice. For further information, please visit: https://guides.library.harvard.edu/gsd/archives

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