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Robert Cutler Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 5 Sep 2007

Biographical History

Robert W. Cutler (1905-1993) was an American architect and graduate of Syracuse University (1928). He practiced architecture in Manhattan for more than 40 years and was a partner in the well-known firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. [Information taken from Cutler's obituary, New York Times, 12/19/1993.]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Robert W. Cutler Collection consists of lectures/speeches and photographs.

Lectures and speeches contains two volumes of lectures, speeches, and remarks by Cutler. Subjects range over many aspects of architecture and include titles such as "Fitting Solar Orientation into an Economical Layout Without Involving Operating Extravagance" (1947), "Tomorrow's Hospital" (1948), "Weather and the Building Industry" (1949), "Modern Hospital Architecture" (1953), "Aluminum in Architecture" (1957), and "Blackouts of 1965, or, Niagara Fails" (1965).

Photographs contains more than 100 photographs of Cutler at various events, including speeches, lectures, dinners, awards ceremonies, and groundbreakings. Almost all of the photographs are undated; some have desriptive information handwritten or typed on the back. Other persons of note appearing in the photographs include architects Max Abramovitz, Julian Levi, Louis Skidmore ("Skid"), Slocum Kingsbury, Leon Chatelain, and Simon Breines, New York City Mayor Robert Wagner, and hotelier Conrad Hilton.

Arrangement of the Collection

Lectures and speeches are arranged chronologically. Photographs, most of which are undated, remain in original order.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has the papers of a number of American architects. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Abramovitz, Max, 1908-2004.
Cutler, Robert W., 1905-1993.
Skidmore, Louis, 1897-1962.
Wagner, Robert F. (Robert Ferdinand), 1910-1991.


Architects and builders -- United States.
Architecture -- United States -- 20th century.

Genres and Forms

Speeches (documents)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Robert Cutler Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Nicholas Adams, Vassar College Department of Art, 2006, 2016.

Table of Contents

Lectures and speeches