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Dora P. Crouch papers

Identifier: MC 24

Scope and Contents

The Dora P. Crouch Papers, 1955-1989 (bulk 1965-1989), chronicle her academic and professional activities at several California colleges and universities, and at RPI in Troy NY. They are divided into four series: I. Correspondence 1982-1989 (.4 cu.ft.); II. Curriculum/Course Material 1969-1989 (2 cu.ft.); III. Publications and Papers 1955-1988 (.8 cu.ft.); and IV. Subject Files, in nine subseries, 1959-1989 (2.9 cu.ft.).

Series I, Correspondence, arranged chronologically, contains exchanges with colleagues, as well as material related to her membership in RPI committees (Faculty Council, Curriculum, Honors, Graduate Program), and to her publication efforts.

Series II, Curriculum/Course Material, is arranged chronologically, then alphabetically by subject per semester. It includes handwritten notes, mimeograph and xerographic handouts, overhead transparencies, examples of student work, and a set of cassettes, chronicling twenty years of Professor Crouch's teaching and efforts at curriculum development.

Series III, Publications and Papers, begins with class notes taken by Ms. Crouch while a student at Michigan and UCLA. Next there are drafts and reprints of some of her articles, excerpts from her two books, a project description for Volume One of the Art and Architecture Thesaurus, and drafts and copies of book reviews. Finally, there are flyers related to art exhibits and prizes which she sponsored, and to her public lectures.

Series IV, Subject Files, consists of nine subseries. A: Curriculum Vitae, 1974-1988. B: Grant proposals arranged chronologically. C: California Chapter AIP membership material, 1959-. D: Society of Architectural Historians files, arranged chronologically, reflecting in part her presidency of two chapters and her editorship (1972-80) of the Society newsletter. E: Dominguez Hills, concerning proposals for an external degree program, and for a College of Life Studies. F: RPI Committees, including Women Faculty at RPI, Architectural Library, Library Advisory, Curriculum, and student advising committees. G: RPI Job Files, 1979-1989, containing materials supportive of her annual performance assessments. H: Unity House 1981-1985 service project notes. I: Miscellaneous.


  • Majority of material found within 1955 - 1989

Biographical / Historical

Crouch, Dora Delia Polk

Born: Ann Arbor, MI, February 15, 1931 BA, MA, Ph.D., UCLA 1965, 1967, 1969

Professional Experience:

1969-70 Assistant Professor of Art, California State U., San Francisco 1970-71 Assistant Professor of Architecture, U. California at Berkeley 1971-72 Lecturer, Art Department, UCLA 1972-75 Assistant Professor of Art, California State U, Dominguez Hills 1975-85 Associate Professor of Architecture, RPI 1985-89 Professor of Architectural History, RPI

Publications: Articles

"Architecture as Symbolic Language," in ETC, periodical of the Semanticists Society, 1970.

"A Note on the Population and Area of Palmyra," in Melanges, University of St. Joseph's, Beirut, Lebanon, 1973.

"Urban Design in Cities of the Roman Empire," in Eksitics, December 1976, pp. 343-346.

"The Laws of the Indies Revisited" in Town Planning Review, July 1977, pp. 247-268; October 1977, pp. 397-418 (with Axel Mundigo).

"A History of Urban Open Space," in Lisa Taylor, ed., Urban Open Space, New York: Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1980.

"The Hellenistic Water System of Morgentina, Sicily: Some Questions for the History of Urbanization," in American Journal of Archeology, July 1984, pp. 353-356.

"Roman and Spanish Colonization," for Proceedings of "Settlements in the Americas" Symposium, forthcoming.

Publications: Books

Spanish City Planning in North America. Axel Mundigo and Daniel Garr, co-authors. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1982.

History of Architecture: From Stonehenge to Skyscrapers. New York: McGraw-Hill Company, 1985.

Architecture Thesaurus, Volume I of Art and Architecture Thesaurus, 1984. Toni Peterson and Pat Molholt, co-editors.

Dora P. Crouch was born Dora Delia Polk in Ann Arbor MI on February 12, 1931. On a 1949 tuition scholarship she attended Eastern Montana College 1950-51 and the University of Michigan 1951-55. She continued her studies at UCLA in 1964, earning her BA in 1965, her MA in 1967, and her Ph.D., with distinction, in 1969. She held a variety of assistant professor positions in Art and Architecture at California institutions before accepting an associate professorship in architecture at RPI in 1975. She was granted tenure there in 1978, and became full professor of architectural history there in 1985. She has done scholarly work on urban history, particularly early classical and Spanish Colonial urban design. RPI sponsored her 1980-1, 1985 and 1988 sabbaticals. She retired in 1989.


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Part of the Institute Archives and Special Collections Repository

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Institute Archives and Special Collections
Rensselaer Libraries, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy NY 12180-3590 US
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