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Diana Lee-Smith Architectural Papers,

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-1990-005

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of Mazingira Institute publications edited by Lee-Smith including: public health magazines for children, SINA (Settlements Information Network Africa) Newsletters, a curriculum vitae, and articles and speeches by and about Lee-Smith. 

Dates

  • 1966 - 1991

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: http://bit.ly/scuareproduction. Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: http://bit.ly/scuapublication. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives (specref@vt.edu or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

Diana Lee-Smith is British architect and planner living in Nairobi, Kenya. Born in Reading, England (1940), she received her diploma of the Architectural Association, London, UK in 1964. She has had numerous academic appointments around the world including Kenya, the United States, and Canada. She holds a doctorate in Architecture and Development Studies and has written extensively on urban poverty, gender, development, and environmental issues.

Lee-Smith was one of the founders of the Mazingira Institute, an independent research and development NGO, an institution that carried out the first survey of urban agriculture in Kenya (1985). She has served as a consultant on a number of projects focusing on African housing and shelter concerns.

Extent

0.4 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Abstract

This collection contains the papers of British architect and planner living in Nairobi, Kenya. Projects focus on housing and shelter concerns in Africa. This collection consists of a number of papers, publications, books and magazines that were written or edited by Diana Lee-Smith.

Source of Acquisition

The Diana Lee-Smith Architectural Papers were donated to the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech by the creator in July 1991.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Diana Lee-Smith Architectural Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Diana Lee-Smith Architectural Papers was completed in October 2013.

Title
Guide to Diana Lee-Smith Architectural Papers, 1966-1991
Status
Completed
Author
Elena Herrero, Graduate Student Assistant,
Date
2013 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-09-08: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308