Ralph Rapson & Northwest Architectural Archives

Excerpted from Barbara Bezat, January 3, 2013

"Long before he died in 2008, the architect Ralph Rapson began working with the then-Curator of the Northwest Architectural Archives (NAA), Professor Al Lathrop, to ensure the establishment of the Ralph Rapson Papers here at the University. Rapson's work can be seen every day for people working on the West Bank Campus of the University - Rarig Center is his design (the theater building), and his Cedar Square West high-rise apartments just received historic designation and a facelift. 

"The Ralph Rapson Papers will be divided between Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Northwest Architectural Archive, and the year selected for that division is Rapson's year of appointment at Minnesota, 1954. 

"Most of the Papers have been delivered to the NAA and Christine Avery, the lead student Archives Processor, has been working for almost a year to organize, list, and house the materials. In addition to the drawings, the collection includes models, photographs, slides, presentation boards, as well as correspondence, specifications, and other documents that support the projects. 

"Once the processing work is finished, a website will be created and linked to the NAA home page and the NAA and Cranbrook will have links to each other's finding aids."

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