Natalie de Blois Architectural Collection
Scope and Content
The Natalie de Blois Architectural Collection spans the years 1941 to 2013. Materials in the collection include correspondence; original notes; clippings; brochures; finished project photographs; published materials; sketches; watercolors; elevations; architectural renderings; contracts; specifications; and reports for 24 projects.
- 1941 - 2013
- De Blois, Natalie, 1921-2013 (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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Natalie de Blois was born in Paterson, New Jersey on April 2, 1921.
In 1944 de Blois graduated from Columbia University’s architecture program and took her first professional job with the firm Ketchum, Gina & Sharp. In September of the same year de Blois was hired by the well known architecture firm, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Here she spent the majority of her professional career working closely with architect Gordon Bunshaft, earning notoriety within the architectural community as one of the top female architects in America.
Natalie de Blois is recognized for her work on a number of projects including, Lever House (NYC); Pepsi-Cola building (NYC); Union Carbide Corporation (NYC); Connecticut General Life Insurance (Hartford, CT); Lincoln Center (NYC); and the Hilton Hotel (Istanbul, Turkey).
After 30 years with SOM, she left to join the Houston firm of Neuhaus & Taylor as Senior Project Designer. As a working mother during the 1950's and 1960's de Blois was personally aware of the hardships and limitations faced by women in architecture, and in the 1970's she became active advocate for women in architecture joining the American Institute of Architects Task Force on Women, visiting architecture schools and talking to female students.
During the last thirteen years of her architecture career, de Blois taught at the University of Texas at Austin, retiring in 1993. Natalie de Blois practiced architecture for fifty years. de Blois died July 22, 2013.
SOM Journal 4. Interview with Natalie de Blois by Detlef Mertins, June 17, 2004.
Natalie de Blois collection, Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.
2.7 Cubic Feet (2 boxes and 7 oversize folders)
The Natalie de Blois Architectural Collection includes correspondence; original notes; magazine/journal clippings; finished project photographs, published materials; sketches; water colors; and project records related to a sampling of de Blois' architectural projects.
The collection is divided into two series: Series I Professional papers and Series II Project Records. The Project Records arrangement follows the organization of the 'Timeline of Projects' created by Nicholas Adams in consultation with Natalie de Blois in March of 2005.
Source of Acquisition
The Natalie de Blois Architectural Collection was donated to Special Collections in November 2007.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Natalie de Blois Architectural Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
A preliminary inventory of the Natalie de Blois Architectural Collection was completed in November 2007. The collection was fully processed and described in January 2012.
- Natalie de Blois Architectural Collection, 1941-2013
- Sherrie A. Bowser, Archivist, and Dayne E. Mauney, Student Assistant
- 2011 (CC0 1.0)
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