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Silvia Paun Architectural Collection,

Identifier: Ms-1991-057

Scope and Contents

The collection contains one folder of seven photographs of children's clinics designed by Paun from 1953 to 1977 in Romania. One box with nine folders contains numerous articles from 1960 to 1995, as well as her curriculum vitae, pamphlets, exhibition descriptions, and letters written to and from Milka Bliznakov. The Rare Book Collection houses 4 books authored by Silvia Paun. See the library catalog, Addison, for more details.


  • 1966 - 2003



Materials are in French, Romanian, and some English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

There are no restrictions.

Biographical Note

Silvia Paun was born in Chisinau, Romania in 1923. She graduated from the Architecture Faculty in Bucharest in 1948. She spent 30 years as an architect specializing in socio-cultural buildings while employed in Central State Institute of Bucharest. She had more than 50 urban and rural projects completed between 1953 and 1977 and authored 26 studies, 25 papers, and 14 exhibitions about the role of architecture between 1960 and 1995. Her first book was published in 1981, which won a prize from the Architects Union in Romania (UAR) and won appreciation from UNESCO. She participated in 4 International Congresses of Architecture (UIFA) and has received numerous honors for architectural conception, architectural and scientific research, and her architectural books.


2.38 Cubic Feet (1 box; 1 folder)


The papers in thic collection include photographs of structures Paun designed, letters and biographical information as well as writings by her and about her work, including her books.


The collection is arranged chronologically by project and article publication date.

Source of Acquisition

The Silvia Paun Architectural Collection was donated to Special Collections beginning in 1991. The collection was obtained in multiple accessions (1992; 2000; 2004).

Separated Material

The following items were transferred to the Rare Book Collection: Identites europeennes inedites : Italia-Romania dans la prehistorie, l'ethnos, l'architecture = Unknown European identities : Italia-Romania in prehistory, ethnos, architecture (Bucuresti: Editura Tehnica, 1998) [AZ108 P38 1996]

Romania, valoarea arhitecturii autohtone = Romania, la valeur de l'architecture autochtone / Silvia Paun ; traduit en fran?ais Olimpia Coroama. (Bucuresti : Per Omnes Artes, 2003) [NA1421 .P38 2003].

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Silvia Paun Architectural Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Silvia Paun Architectural Collection commenced in June 2010 and was completed in June 2010. A preliminary arrangement was begun in 1991.

A Guide to the Silvia Paun Architectural Collection, 1966-2003
Harvey Clark
2010 (CC0 1.0)
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-09-15: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

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

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US