Alberta Pfeiffer Architectural Collection
Scope and Content
The Alberta Pfeiffer Architectural Collection contains 15 boxes and 3 oversize folders consisting of drawings, photographs, and correspondence relating to Pfeiffer's architectural career. Most projects are residential, and the collection contains approximately 250 different designs for various projects.
- 1929 - 1976
- Pfeiffer, Alberta Raffl, 1899-1994 (Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
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Alberta Pfeiffer was an architect from Hadlyme, Connecticut, and born in Red Bud, Illinois, in 1899. Pfeiffer was one of the first women to study architecture at the University of Illinois--Urbana/Champaign where she graduated first in her class (1923). She was also the first woman to win the American Institute of Architects School Medal.
She began her 55 year career as an architect at the Chicago firm Tallmadge and Watson. After a year she returned to the University of Illinois for graduate work. In 1925, she moved to New York City where she worked with the Harrie T. Lindberg architectural firm until she set up practice in Hadlyme with her husband, Homer F. Pfeiffer, in the early 1930s.
Their practice was mainly residential focusing on design and renovations in the area surrounding Hadlyme, Connecticut. In 1940, Homer joined the Navy to supervise the construction of naval housing, hospitals, and other facilities while Alberta continued their firm's work on her own. After the war Alberta established her own private practice and flourished in the post-war boom recalling during the 1950s and 1960s she was never without a project and often had as many as ten designs on her desk at the same time. At her retirement in 1977 she had designed and/or renovated over 250 projects.
She was active in many professional and community groups joining the Society of Connecticut Craftsmen (1935) and a lifetime member of the Connecticut Society of Architects. Pfeiffer was a member of the local board of Education and the Zoning Board, and was involved in mental health issues and activities.
Pfeiffer died in 1994.
More information on Alberta Pfeiffer is available from the IAWA Biographical Database.
10.3 Cubic Feet (15 boxes, 3 oversize folders)
Alberta Pfeiffer graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1923 as one of the first women to achieve a degree in architecture at that institution. The collection contains drawings, photographs, and correspondence of her architectural career. Most projects are residential, and the collection consists of approximately 250 different designs for various jobs.
The collection is divided into two series:
Series I. Professional Papers are arranged alphabetically.
Series II. Projects are arranged by project job number, with unknown numbers at the end in alphabetical order.
Please note: Boxes 1-15 are located in off-site storage and may require 2-3 days notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.
Source of Acquisition
Alberta Pfeiffer Architectural Collection was donated to Special Collections in 1988 and 1993.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Alberta Pfeiffer Architectural Collection, Ms1988-017 by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing, arrangement, and description of the Alberta Pfeiffer Architectural Collection was completed in November 2010.
- Alberta Pfeiffer Architectural Collection, 1929-1976
- Harvey Clark, Student Assistant
- 2010 (CC0 1.0)
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