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Lilia Sofer Skala Student Portfolio

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2003-015

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily consists of Lilia Sofer Skala's work as a student of architecture at the University of Dresden from 1915 to 1920. The student work includes architectural drawings, ink and charcoal sketches, and watercolor paintings. The collection also consists of biographical information including copies of Skala's academic records, printed material about the architectural program at the University of Dresden at the turn of the century, articles by and about Skala, and press material for LiLiA! , a play about Skala written and performed by her grandaughter, Libby Skala.

Dates

  • 1915-1928, 2003, n.d.
  • Majority of material found within 1915 - 1928

Creator

Language of Materials

Material is in German with some items translated into English.

The translation was performed by Andrew Creamer.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Permission to publish material from the Lilia Sofer Skala Student Portfolio must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Biographical Note

Lilia Sofer Skala was born in Vienna, Austria in 1896. She earned a degree in architecture from the University of Dresden and became the first female member of the Austrian Association of Engineers and Architects, practicing architecture.

Skala became a successful stage and film actress in Europe before fleeing the Nazis with her husband and two sons. Among the personal belongings with which she escaped was her portfolio of student work from the University of Dresden.

Skala immigrated to the United States in 1939 and eventually found success as an actress on Broadway and in television and film. She was nominated for an Academy Award in 1963 for her role as Mother Maria in Lilies of the Field .

Skala passed away in 1994.

Extent

1 Cubic Feet (1 box; 12 oversize folders)

Abstract

This collection includes a student portfolio of Lilia Sofer Skala, who studied architecture at the University of Dresden from 1915 to 1920. Consists of her work as a student, including architectural drawings, sketches, photographs, and watercolor paintings, copies of her academic records, and other printed material.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series of Drawings and Biographical Information.

Source of Acquisition

The Lilia Sofer Skala Student Portfolio was donated to the International Archive of Women in Architecture in 2002. Additional materials were donated in 2004 and 2013.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Lilia Sofer Skala Student Portfolio 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 Lilia Sofer Skala Student Portfolio took place from March to July 2004. The finding aid was updated March 2011to reflect the addition of the translated articles. The finding aid was updated July 2013 to include Acc2013-062.

Title
A Guide to the Lilia Sofer Skala Student Portfolio 1915-1920, 2003, n.d.
Status
Completed
Author
Jennifer Meehan
Date
2004 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-10-09: 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