John L. Wilson Papers

Title
John L. Wilson Papers, 1915-1989.
Author
Wilson, John Louis, 1898-1989.
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Description
6.6 lin. ft. (5 boxes, 25 cylinder)
Donor/Sponsor
Schomburg NEH Automated Access to Special Collections Project.
Genre/Form
Architectural drawings.
Note
  • Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division, and are described separately.
Source (note)
  • Rogers, Judith W.
Biography (note)
  • Architect John Louis Wilson, Jr., was one of the designers of the Harlem River Houses in New York City.
Processing Action (note)
  • Accessioned
  • Cataloged
Call Number
Sc MG 381
Author
Wilson, John Louis, 1898-1989.
Title
John L. Wilson Papers, 1915-1989.
Summary
Collection of papers and documents relating to John Louis Wilson, Jr.'s personal life and professional career as an architect in New York City for over fifty years. Included are professional correspondence, architectural plans, drawings and blueprints, certificates, awards, degrees, newspaper clippings, exhibition display panels and books. Also included is material concerning Wilson's efforts on behalf of minorities through the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Equal Opportunities Committee (1955-1976) and the Council for Advancement of the Negro in Architecture (CANA) 1960-1982.
Biography
Architect John Louis Wilson, Jr., was one of the designers of the Harlem River Houses in New York City. Born in Meridian, Mississippi, Wilson graduated from Gilbert Academy Prep School in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1916, and New Orleans University (now Dillard University) in 1920. Wilson became a registered architect in 1930, after graduating from Columbia University School of Architecture in 1928.
In 1934, Wilson was commissioned to work with a team of architects to design the Harlem River Houses. He was employed as an architect by the New York City Parks Department from the 1930s until 1960, and he maintained a private practice. In his private practice he designed multi-story and high rise dwellings as well as early childhood learning centers, and he modified various existing structures. His work includes the Mount Morris Park Senior Citizens Housing Project and the Multi-Family High Rise at 193rd Street and Bailey Avenue, both in New York City.
Wilson helped found the Council for the Advancement of the Negro in Architecture and served as chairman of the Equal Opportunities Committee of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects from 1967 to 1970. In 1977 he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Wilson's awards include the Andrew J. Thomas Award, 1972; a tribute, sponsored by the New York Coalition of Black Architects, which honored his work and contributions to architecture, 1980; the American Institute of Architect's Whitney M. Young, Jr. Citation; and an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Dillard University in 1986. A posthumous exhibit concerning Wilson's professional activities was held at Columbia University in 1990. Mr. Wilson died on October 31, 1989.
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Council for the Advancement of the Negro in Architecture.
American Institute of Architects. New York Chapter.
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Schomburg NEH Automated Access to Special Collections Project.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 381
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