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titleArtist file: Netsch, Walter; miscellaneous uncataloged material.
repositoryThe Museum of Modern Art
collection titlePamphlet file
The folder may include announcements, clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, small exhibition catalogs, and other ephemeral material.

Location
MoMA Queens Artist Files

Call Number
Netsch, Walter
extent1 folder
formatsEphemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org/record=b714270~S1
updated02/07/2020 18:19:45
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titleWalter Netsch Oral History, May 8 and June 5-28, 1995
repositoryThe Ryerson & Burnham Archives
collection titleNetsch speaks about study at MIT; working in the office of L. Morgan Yost; thoughts on Mies van der Rohe and the Chicago School; Netsch-and-cash for Owings; the Inland Steel building; IIT campus work; U.S. Air Force Academy and Chapel; Field Theory; artists and collecting art; serving on the Fine Arts Commission, Washington, D.C.; Nathaniel Owings and other Skidmore, Owings & Merrill partners.

Interview by Betty J. Blum.

Biographical Summary
Walter Netsch was born in 1920 in Chicago and studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon graduation in 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Returning to civilian life in 1946, he took a job with L. Morgan Yost, a residential architect practicing in the suburbs of Chicago. In 1947 he joined the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. In 1951, he transferred to the Chicago office of SOM, where he became partner and developed his innovative architectural aesthetic, known as "field theory." Netsch worked at SOM until retiring in 1979. Netsch's career included such important commissions as the U. S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; the University of Illinois, Chicago; The Art Institute of Chicago's East Wing; and the Regenstein Libraries at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. Since retiring from SOM, he maintains a consulting practice in Chicago. Netsch was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1967.
extent474 pages
formatsInterview Transcript Sound Recording
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/caohp/netsch.html
updated08/25/2017 16:41:46
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titleOral history interview with Ralph Coburn, 1995 May 25 and Jun. 23
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleAn interview of Ralph Coburn conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art., 1995 May 25 and June 23, in Coburn's home, Gloucester, Mass.

MAY 25, 1995 session: Coburn talks about his parents and his childhood in Miami Beach, Fla.; his early schooling; and entering Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1941 in its 5-year architecture program. He recalls Walter Netsch, a classmate at MIT, who later became a partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, who introduced Coburn to modern design and to avant-garde music. He also recalls the painter and head of painting at the Museum of Fine Arts School, Karl Zerbe, his teacher in the course of his work for advanced MIT architecture students. He talks about his return to Florida as a draftsman for an aircraft equipment company in Miami, outfitting planes for the African campaign, and his foreman, a son of Al Capone; then returning to Mass. to work with an electrical company making secret military components.

JUNE 23, 1995 session: Coburn discusses returning to and dropping out of MIT; working at the Institute of Modern Art in Boston through Hyman Swetzoff; folowing Swetzoff to the Boris Mirski Gallery; studying at Mirski's art school with Esther Geller and John Wilson and friends made at the school, including Ellsworth Kelly, Arthur Polonsky, and Reed Kaye. He recalls Carl Nelson, one of his teachers. He talks about the change in atmosphere at the Institute with the replacement of Thomas Metcalf by James Plaut and Nathaniel Saltonstall who changed the Institute's name to Institute of Contemporary Art and the protest surrounding the name change.

Bio / His Notes:
Architect, painter, designer; Gloucester, Mass.
extent2 sound cassettes (2 hrs. 15 min.) : analog.
formatsSound Recording Interviews
accessUntranscribed; use requires an appointment.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationThis interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators
updated11/12/2014 11:29:59
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titleMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Art Committee. Records, 1959-1973.
repositoryMassachusetts Institute of Technology
collection titleThe collection contains correspondence, minutes, and agendas of meetings, news releases, news clippings, working notes, and other records concerning the committee's efforts to build a permanent art collection at the Institute, and the placement of specific works of art on campus.

Historical Notes:
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Art Committee was established in 1960 or 1961 by Catherine Stratton, wife of MIT President Julius A. Stratton. The committee, which succeeded the Friends of the Arts at MIT(established in 1959), attracted support for the arts at MIT and began the Institute's permanent collection of sculpture, paintings, and prints. In 1966 the committee established the Catherine Nelson Stratton Collection of Graphic Art. In 1971 the Art Committee became the Council for the Arts.
extent1 cubic ft. (1 records carton)
formatsAdministrative Records Correspondence Clippings Writings Notes
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
updated11/12/2014 11:29:59
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