Mass. -James F. O'Gorman, Wellesley College's Grace
Slack McNeil Professor of American Art, has co-edited a
new book, American Architects and Their Books to 1848.
It is the latest volume in the series, Studies in Print
Culture and the History of the Boook (University of
the Renaissance, books and drawings have been a primary
means of communication among architects and their colleagues
and clients. In this new volume, 12 historians explore the
use of books by American architects in the late 18th and
early 19th centuries, when the profession of architecture
was first emerging in the United States. The essays range
from studies of architectural publications available in
the colonies to the revolution in architectural publishing
in the 1830s and '40s.
architects separated themselves from amateur and gentlemen
designers on the one hand and masons and carpenters on the
other, members of the new profession were distinguished
by their ability to draw and their possession of a common
body of knowledge gleaned from printed sources.
new book has won accolades, including from Eleanor Thompson
of the Winterthur Library, who writes, "The scholarship
in American Architects and Their Books is sound and
up to date. The contributors are leaders in the field and
promising younger historians. Because this is the first
full-scale examination of the topic, the book will be welcomed
by architectural historians, students of reading and the
history of the book, and historians of collecting as well
as collectors themselves."
co-edited the book with Kenneth Hafertepe of Waco, Texas,
the former director of academic programs at Historic Deerfield
Inc. and now assistant professor of museum studies at Baylor
University. His books include America's Castle: The Evolution
of the Smithsonian Building and Its Institution, 1840-1878.
of Montague, Mass., O'Gorman has written many books including
Living Architecture: A Biography of H.H. Richardson;
ABC of Architecture and Accomplished in All Departments
of Art: Hammatt Billings of Boston, 1818-1874, which
is a volume in the Studies in Print Culture series.
He is co-author, with two of his Wellesley College colleagues,
Landscape and Architecture of Wellesley College
(Wellesley College, 2001).
College, a prominent liberal-arts college, has been a leader
in the education of women for 125 years. The College's 500-acre
campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.
Wellesley's distinguished alumnae include U.S. Senator Hillary
Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright,
Madame Chiang Kai-shek, and broadcast journalists Cokie
Roberts, Diane Sawyer and Lynn Sherr.