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Louise Hall Papers

Identifier: Ms-2000-086

Scope and Contents

Hall earned a B.A. from Wellesley College in 1927, B.S. from MIT in 1930, Ph.D. from Radcliffe 1954. She was a long-time member of the North Carolina Chapter of the AIA, and served as its archivist. She taught art and architectural history at Duke University from 1931-1975 and mentored many architects and scholars, including Dr. Mary Woods at the School of Architecture at Cornell who recently published a history of the profession. The Hall collection contains papers from her teaching career, various jobs including architecture projects, drawings from an architecture class, diaries, maps, blueprints, scrapbooks and original artwork. It also includes old family letters and photographs (including glass negatives, cartes de visite, cabinet cards, and tintypes), genealogical research notes, and personal papers.


  • 1893-1990, n.d.


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Condition Governing Access

The collection is open to 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: Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: Please contact Special Collections and University Archives ( or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.


102 Cubic Feet (67 boxes)


At the time of the donation, the collection was organized by material type and, more loosely, by the subject matter of materials. It is unclear to what degree this arrangement reflects the original order imposed by the creator. In the interest of minimal interference, these broader categories have generally been retained. The arrangement detailed in this finding aid reflects a high-level description of content by box. A more detailed inventory is available on request.

Although Series I is loosely divided into personal and professional correspondence, the original order reflected notable inter-mixing between the two. In 2014, selected personal correspondence was organized in chronological order.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Louise Hall Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (


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Revision Statements

  • 2020-10-01: 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)
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Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US