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Michael Alexander Gallis papers.

Gallis, Michael Alexander, 1909-2001, creator.

Available at Special Collections  SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - CONTACT REFERENCE  (2017.M.49 ) and other locations()

  • Title:
    Michael Alexander Gallis papers.
  • Author/Creator: Gallis, Michael Alexander, 1909-2001, creator.
  • Creation Date: 1909-1990 (bulk 1925-1972)
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Michael Gallis was a Russian-born architect who emigrated to the United States with his family in 1924 at the age of 16. He enrolled in the School of Architecture at the University of Oregon, Eugene, one of the first schools in the United States to discard the Beaux Arts model and embrace modernism in its pedagogy. During World War II, Gallis joined an architectural engineering firm specializing in the design of U.S. military installations around the world, and later reflected that this job was a key to his later career as he learned how to produce construction documents and how to coordinate with various engineering fields. Following the end of the war, Gallis worked for San Francisco architect John Dinwiddie, who introduced him to German architect and emigree Erich Mendelsohn. At Eric Mendelsohn Architects, Gallis was responsible for translating Mendelsohn's visionary sketches into realizable buildings using the expertise in construction drawings he had gained during the war. After Mendelsohn's death Gallis was tasked with completing two of Mendelsohn's projects, the Stanford Research Park headquarters of Varian Associates, a technology startup, and a research laboratory for the Atomic Energy Commission near the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. These two projects dominated Gallis's practice from 1953 until he closed his office in 1973. Michael Gallis died in 2001.
  • Arrangement: Arranged in two series: Series I. Family papers; Series II. Professional papers.
  • Physical Desc.: 11 boxes (5.25 linear feet).
  • Summary: The collection comprises personal correspondence, drawings, photographs, draft material for a monograph on Erich Mendelsohn, professional materials and ephemera documenting Gallis's personal and professional life, with particular attention to his years in training at the School of Architecture at the University of Oregon, Eugene, as well as his independent architectural practice after 1953. The collection excludes materials produced while Gallis worked with Erich Mendelsohn.
  • Language: English
  • Notes: Gift of Michael Gallis and Berhan Nebioglu.
  • Form/Genre: Manuscripts for publication
    Drawings (visual works)
    Printed ephemera
    Gelatin silver prints
    Photographs, Original
  • Subjects: Mendelsohn, Erich, 1887-1953 Architects -- United States
  • ID/Accession Number: 2017.M.49
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: on1007549643
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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