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in The Museum of Modern Art Archives

The Museum of Modern Art Archives
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497
© 1995
The Museum of Modern Art Museum Archives
Finding aid prepared by Rona Roob and Leslie Haitzman, in January 1995; Revised by Claire Dienes, July 1999.

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Johnson, Philip, 1906-2005
Title: Philip Johnson Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1930-1992
Quantity: 6 Linear Feet
14 5" document boxes, 1 2" document box, 1 oversize box 3.5x16x20"


In arranging these Papers original order was maintained wherever possible.
The Papers are organized into five Series:
Series I: Writings, Statements and Speeches by Philip Johnson, arranged chronologically
Series II: Published articles and reviews of Philip Johnson's architectural works, arranged alphabetically by state and thereunder alphabetically by project
Series III: News clippings, articles and other published material about Philip Johnson, arranged chronologically
Series IV: Interviews, letters, correspondence and photographs, arranged chronologically
Series VI: Addendum; Documentation Received from Other Sources
Series V: Oversize material

Biographical Note

Philip Cortelyou Johnson was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1906, to Homer H. Johnson and Louise Pope Johnson. He attended the Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY and graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in Philosophy in the spring of 1930. Also in 1930 he traveled extensively in Europe with the architectural historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock, visiting modern architects such as J.J. Oud, Walter Gropius, Miës van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. In 1932 Johnson became the first director of The Museum of Modern Art's Department of Architecture, where he remained until his resignation in 1934. During his tenure he directed with Henry-Russell Hitchcock the Museum's 1932 Modern Architecture International Exhibition [MoMA exh, #15, Feb. 9 - Mar. 23, 1932].

Johnson returned to Harvard in 1940 to study architecture under Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius at the Graduate School of Design, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree in May, 1943. After completing his architecture studies, he served in the U.S. Army Engineering Corps until 1945. Upon his return to New York he became licensed as a practicing architect and began a lengthy career.

Johnson resumed his affiliation with The Museum of Modern Art in 1946 and once again served as the Director of the Department of Architecture until 1954, when he resigned. He was elected a Trustee of the Museum in December 1957 and continued his relationship with the Museum unitl his death on January 25, 2005. As a collector, Philip Johnson has generously donated a number of important works of art to The Museum of Modern Art.

Scope and Content Note

The Philip Johnson Papers include clippings, correspondence, published and unpublished statements, speeches, reviews and commentaries on his architectural projects; and correspondence with Sibyl Moholy-Nagy and J.J.P. Oud. The bulk of the Papers date from 1930 to 1992.

In arranging the Papers original order was maintained wherever possible.


Access Restrictions

The records are open for research and contain no restricted materials.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Philip Johnson Papers are the physical property of The Museum of Modern Art. Literary rights, including copyright belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Rights to work produced during the normal course of Museum business resides with The Museum of Modern Art. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archivist.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in DADABASE, the library catalog of The Museum of Modern Art. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons and Organizations:
Architecture -- United States.
Art critics.
Art museum directors.
Johnson, Philip, 1906- -- Archives.
Johnson, Philip, 1906- -- Correspondence.
Johnson, Philip, 1906-2005
Johnson, Philip, 1906-2005
Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, 1905- -- Correspondence.
Architecture -- United States.
Art critics.
Art museum directors.
Johnson, Philip, 1906- -- Archives.
Johnson, Philip, 1906- -- Correspondence.
Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, 1905- -- Correspondence.

Related Collections at MoMA and Elsewhere

An oral history of Philip Johnson conducted in 1990-1991 is available at the Museum Archives at The Museum of Modern Art.

Papers of Alfred H. Barr, Jr. in The Museum of Modern Art Archives. A selection is available to researchers on microfilm through the Archives of American Art.

Related material concerning Museum exhibitions can be found in the Public Information scrapbooks and the Department of Circulating Exhibition Records in the Museum Archives. Additional material is available in the Departments of the Registrar and Architecture and Design.

Related secondary source material concerning Philip Johnson can be found in the Archives Pamphlet files.

Administrative Information


The Papers were given by Philip Johnson to the Museum Library by Mr. Johnson's archivist, David Whitney, in 1973. They were transferred to the Museum Archives in 1984. The Papers were processed and re-boxed in 1984; additional material was added in 1985, 1986, 1996 and 1997. Portions of the Papers were partially re-boxed when this Finding Aid was prepared in 1994. In 1998 and 1999, additions were made to Series I, II, III, and IV. Series V and VI were reprocessed at that time.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Philip Johnson Papers, [series.folder]. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.

Container List

Series I: Writings, Statements and Speeches by Philip Johnson 1930-1992

The contents of Series I are chronologically arranged.

Note: There are no folders numbered I.108-I.115; folders jump directly from I.107.h to I.116.

Folder Title Date
I.1 Built to Live In. New York: The Museum of Modern Art 3/1931
I.2 “The Architecture of the New School.” Arts. 17(6): 393-98 3/1931
I.3 “Introduction.” In: Rejected Architects.

Exhibition pamphlet

I.4 “Skyscraper of Modern Architecture.” Arts. 17(8): 569-75 5/1931
I.5 “Rejected Architects.” Creative Art. 8(6): 433-35 6/1931
I.6 “In Berlin; Comment on Building Exposition.” The New York Times.

Arts page

I.7 “Two Houses in the International Style.” House Beautiful. 70: 307-09, 356 10/1931
I.8 “The Berlin Building Exposition of 1931.” T-Square. 2(1): 17-19, 36-37 1/1932
I.9 With Hitchcock, Henry-Russell Jr.; Barr, Alfred H. Jr. and Mumford, Lewis. Modern Architecture International Exhibition. New York: The Museum of Modern Art

PJ wrote the sections on Mies van der Rohe and Otto Haesler and part of the Introduction

I.10 “Architecture in the Third Reich.” Hound and Horn. 7(1): 137-39 1933
I.11 Exhibition catalog. Objects - 1900 and Today. New York: The Museum of Modern Art; 1-15 1933
I.12 “Decorative Art a Generation Ago.” Creative Art. 12(4): 297-99 4/1933
I.13 “Foreword.” Work of Young Architects in the Middle West. New York: The Museum of Modern Art 1933
I.14 “Architecture and Industrial Art.” Modern Works of Art.

Fifth Anniversary Exhibition, November 20, 1934 - January 20, 1935. New York: The Museum of Modern Art; 20

I.14a “Architecture in 1941.”

Unpublished manuscript

I.15 “Architecture of Harvard/Revival and Modern, The New Houghton Library.” Harvard Advocate. 75th Anniversary issue; 12-17 4/1942
I.16 “War Memorials: What Aesthetic Price Glory?.” Art News. 44(2)

Pgs. 8-10, 24-25

I.17 With Kaufmann, Edgar Jr. “American Architecture: Four New Buildings.” Horizon. 93-4: 62-66 10/1947
I.18 With Blake, Peter. “Architectural Freedom and Order: An Answer to Robert W. Kennedy.” Magazine of Art. 41(6): 228-31 10/1948
I.19 “The Frontiersman.” Architectural Review. 106(632): 105-110 9/1949
I.20 Symposium on the Esthetics of Automobile Design. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

PJ moderator; opening and closing remarks

I.21 “House at New Canaan, Connecticut.” Architectural Review. 108(645): 152-59 9/1950
I.22 The Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut


I.22a Symposium on Relation of Painting and Sculpture to Architecture. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

PJ moderator
Published Interiors. 110(10): 100-105; 5/1951

I.23 With Hitchcock, Henry-Russell. “The Buildings We See.” New World Writing I: 109-130 4/1952
I.24 “Preface” Hitchcock, Henry-Russell, and Drexler, Arthur, eds. Built in the U.S.A.: Post-War Architecture. New York: The Museum of Modern Art

Pages 8-9, 72-75

I.25 “Foreword.” Barr, Alfred H. Jr., “De Stijl.” The Museum of Modern Art Bulletin. 20(2) Winter 1952
I.25a Symposium on Art and Morals. Smith College


I.26 With Belluschi, Pietro; Kahn, Louis; Scully, Vincent and Weiss, Paul. “On the Responsibility of the Architect.” Perspecta 2. 45-57 1953
I.27 AIA Central State District Conference

Quoted Time. 62(24): 84, 1953 December 14
And: The Architectural Forum. 99(5): 58, 1953 November

October 1953
I.28 “Correct and Magnificent Play.” Art News. 52: 16-17, 52-53

Review of Le Corbusier, 1946-52, Complete Works, vol. V. W. Boesiger, ed.

I.28a University of Houston

Gift of Frank Welch, 1997
One standard sound recording

I.29 “For Architects Only.” The Architectural Forum. 50(4): 172


I.30 “School at Hunstanton.” Architectural Review. 116(639): 148, 152 9/1954
I.30a School of Architectural Design, Harvard University: The Seven Crutches of Modern Architecture

Excerpts reprinted Perspecta 3. 40-44; 1955

See folder I.30.c.

I.30b “The Wiley House.” Perspecta 3. 45 1955
I.30c “Style and the International Style.” Barnard College


I.30d “The Town and the Automobile or The Pride of Elm Street.”

Unpublished manuscript

ca. 1955
I.31 Remarks concerning Mies van der Rohe 1956
I.32 The Robert Leonhardt House, Lloyd's Neck, New York


I.33 “One Hundred Years of Significant Building.” Architectural Record. 119(7): 147-54


I.34 “One Hundred Years of Significant Building.” Architectural Record. vol. 120(1): 203-206


I.35 “Is Sullivan the Father of Functionalism?” , Art News 55(8): 44-46, 56-57 12/1956
I.35a With Peter, John. “Conversations Regarding the Future of Architecture.” Print. 11(1): 37-39 2/1957-3/1957
I.36 “100 Years, Frank Lloyd Wright and Us.” Pacific Architect and Builder. 13, 35-36

Delivered at the AIA Washington State Chapter, Seattle

I.37 With Rodman, Selden. “Philip Johnson (I)” and “Philip Johnson (II)”, Rodman, Selden

Conversations with Artists, New York: Devin-Adair; pgs. 52-56, 60-70

I.38 “The University of St. Thomas, Houston.” Architectural Record. 122(2): 138-39 8/1957
I.39 The "American Room" at UNESCO, Paris


I.40 Program. “Historical Labor Museum for CIO-AFL.” National Institute for Architectural Education Bulletin. 34(1): 8-9

PJ wrote program for competition and made brief statements on museum design

I.41 “A New Design for Sarah Lawrence.” Sarah Lawrence Alumnae Magazine. 6-7 2/1958
I.42 “Introduction.” The Collected Writings of Alvin Lustig. Melson, Holland R. Jr., ed. New Haven: 9-10. 1958
I.42a Lecture series. Yale University

“International Style.” April 25, 1958
“Post-War Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier.” May 2, 1958
“Retreat from International Style to Present Scene.” May 9, 1958.

I.42b “Wither Away - Non-Miesian Directions.” Yale University


I.43 “Parthenon, Perfection and All That.” Art News. 63(1): 43, 66

Review of Greek Architecture by A.W. Lawrence

I.43a American Association of Museums, Pittsburgh


I.44 Casson, Hugh. “Fairest Cities of Them All.” The New York Times Magazine. 10-11, 15-16


I.45 “Letter to the Museum Director.” Museum News. 38: 22-25 1/1960
I.46 “Three Architects.” Art in America. 48(1): 70-75 Spring 1960
I.47 The Roofless Church. New Harmony, Indiana


I.48 “American Museum Architecture.”

Washington: Voice of America; Voice of America Forum Lectures; Architectural Series, 8
Lecture originally broadcast by The Voice of America

I.49 “Where Are We At?” Architectural Review. 77(763): 173-175

Review of Theory and Design in the First Machine Age by Reyner Banham

I.49a “Favorite Building”

Excerpted Huxtable, Ada Louise. “What is Your Favorite Building” The New York Times Magazine. 1961 May 21

I.49b Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London

Informal talk

I.50 With Barnett, Jonathan. “Architectural Student Jonathan Barnett Interviews Architect Philip Johnson.” Architectural Record. 78(6): 16, 238 12/1960
I.51 In “Jury Discussion, Eighth Annual Design Awards.” Progressive Architecture. 42(1): 154-56


I.52 Inaugural Exhibition, Fort Worth, Amon Carter Museum of Western Art.


I.52a Honoring Mies van der Rohe's 75th Birthday. Chicago


I.53 “The Sixties: a P/A [Progressive Architecture] Symposium on the State of Architecture: Part I.” Progressive Architecture. 42(3): 122-33


I.53a “The International Style - Death or Metamorphosis.” The Architectural League Forum at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Excerpted in The Architectural Forum. 64(6): 87; June, 1961

I.53b “If I Were President For A Day....” Women's National Democratic Club, Washington, D.C.


I.53c “Karl Friedrich Schinkel im Zwanzigsten Jahrhundert.” Festvortrag auf dem 106. Schinkelfest des Architekten - und Ingenieurvereins zu Berlin.

Published in English by Columbia Univ., Spring 1962 - see #61

I.54 “International Council of Museums Congress.” Architectural Design. 21: 340-42

Transcript of speech delivered at the International Council of Museums Congress, Turin, Italy; 5/25/1961

I.55 “Philip Johnson.” Perspecta 7. 3-8 1961
I.56 “Theater Query.” Performing Arts, 3(5): 5 6/30/1961
I.57 “Architect Replies to Dance News Suggestion.” Dance News. 39(4): 6 12/1961
I.58 “The F.D.R. Memorial Competition - Pro & Con”. The Architectural Forum. 64(4): 187

Letter to the editor

I.59 “Modern Architecture and the Rebuilding of Cities.” Arts and Architecture. 79(2): 16-17

Panel discussion

I.60 “The Architectural New Look.” Yale Scientific Magazine. 36(6): 32, 33 and cover 3/1962
I.61 “Schinkel and Mies.” Program.

New York, Columbia University School of Architecture, Columbia University: 14-34
Originally published as: “Karl Friedrich Schinkel im zwanzigsten Jahrhundert.” Berlin, 1961, (“Schriftenreihe des Architekten - und Ingenieur - Vereins zu Berlin”, Heft 13) p. 24.
Delivered as a speech in Berlin on March 13, 1961. See also I.53.d

Spring 1962
I.62 “Western Taste and Eastern Models.” The Nation. 194: 448-49

Review of Katsura by Walter Gropius and others

I.63 The Kentiku, Tokyo; 21-23

Introduction for issue on PJ
Text in Japanese, English summary 6 pp. also includes architect's statements on: Amon Carter Museum of Western Art
The Museum of Modern Art Garden
Campus, University of St. Thomas
Dormitories for Sarah Lawrence College
Brown University Computing Center
Wiley House

I.64 Re: the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial written for the Fine Arts Commission, Washington, D.C.

Submitted in writing

I.65 “Recent Work of Philip Johnson.” Architectural Record. 132(1): 113-28 7/1962
I.65a “The Art of Building - The Seven Shibboleths of Our Profession.” 11th Annual Northwest Regional AIA Conference, Oceanlake, Oregon


I.65b Yale University


I.66 “The Art of Architecture and the Capital of a World.” Historic Preservation. 15(3): 94-99

See also I.70.b
Text of speech delivered at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

I.67 “Crisis in Architecture: Two Views” Response, Princeton University; 5-6

Transcript of symposium

I.68 In “Pop Art - Cult of the Commonplace.” Time. 81(18): 69-72


I.68a Sheldon Art Gallery, University of Nebraska

Dedication speech

I.69 “The Building Years of a Yale Man.” Walter McQuade. The Architectural Forum. 118(6): 88-93


I.70 “A Personal Testament.” Four Great Makers of Modern Architecture. New York: Columbia University

Text of 3 April speech given at symposium held at the Columbia University School of Architecture, 1961 March - May

I.70a “Even Sainted L'Enfant Helped Make D.C. Ugly.” Washington Post. E5

Excerpt of speech given at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1963 April 3
See also I.66

I.71 “Commencement Address”

Pratt Alumnus. 70(4): 10-13; 1963
Reprinted in “Abstracts.” Architectural and Engineering News. 101-102, 118; 1963 September
In Goble, Emerson. “A Bad Bad World.” Architectural Record. 134(4): 9; 1963 October

I.72 “Full Scale, False Scale.” Show. 3(6): 72-75 6/1963
I.73 “An Art Gallery for a University Campus.” Architectural Record. 134(2): 129-131

Re: Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery

I.74 with Moholy-Nagy, Sybil. “Art Gallery by Philip Johnson, Architect.” Arts and Architecture 80(8): 18-21, 30-31

Transcript of a television broadcast

I.75 “You Cannot Plan Campuses...They Grow Like Topsy.” Yale Architectural Magazine. 1(1): 6-10 and cover Fall 1963
I.76 In “Statements by Architects on the Architecture of the Synagogue.” Recent American Synagogue Architecture. New York: The Jewish Museum; 22


I.77 “Architect's Statement.” In catalog of The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. 1964
I.78 The Boissonas House II. Cap Bénat, France


I.79 “Architectural Details: 3. Philip Johnson.” Architectural Record. 135(4): 137-152 4/1964
I.80 In “Theater Glamour Again.” Architectural Record. 135 (5): 137-44


I.81 “Philip Johnson's Object in Designing Custom Components Is Not `Exclusivity' but the Attainment of `Better Norms' for Standard Products.” Progressive Architecture. 45(6): 166-67

The New York State Pavilion for the New York World's Fair, 1964 June

I.82 “Young Artists at the Fair and at Lincoln Center.” Art in America, 62(4): 112-127

Photo captions by Donald Judd

I.82a Yale University


I.83 Fortune Magazine pamphlet. 8-9.

Speech given at Fortune Bahamas Conference - “The New Markets.”

I.84 News Bulletin. The Architectural League of New York; 1-4. text of speech given at Architectural League Dinner


I.85 In “The Major Space.” Progressive Architecture. 46(6): 140-200


I.86 In “Le Corbusier: A Preliminary Assessment.” Progressive Architecture. 46(10): 232-37


I.87 “Our Ugly Cities Are Getting Uglier.” Texas Conference on Our Environmental Crisis.

Organized by the School of Architecture, The University of Texas; 1965 November 21-23
Reprinted in Texas Conference on Our Environmental Crisis. Aust The School of Architecture, The University of Texas; 80-90

I.87a “Whence & Whither: The Processional Element in Architecture.” Perspecta 9/10: The Yale Architectural Journal. 167-78

Partially quoted in Robert A.M. Stern, New Direction in American Architecture. New York: George Braziller; 1969; 42-47

I.88 Panel on Townscape to the Governor's Council on Natural Beauty. PJ Chairman. Summary Report of the Governor's Conference on Natural Beauty. pp. 19-21.


I.88a Banquet in PJ's honor as Building Stone Institute's Architect of the Year.

Atlanta, Georgia

I.88b Architectural League Dinner

In honor of Kenzo Tange

I.89 Statement

In brochure printed by PJ
To accompany the submission to the Department of the Interior of his designs for Ellis Island

I.90 “Philip Johnson Explains His Remarkable Underground Museum.” Vogue. 147(9): 200-201 5/1966
I.91 On Mies van der Rohe on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

Bauen und Wohnen. Heft 5: 192

I.92 “Our Ugly Cities.” Mt. Holyoke College

Commencement speech
Printed in Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly. I(2): 86-88; 1966 Summer
Stone Magazine. 86(9): 13, 14, 21; 1966 September. [excerpt.]
“We Shall Not Be Thanked by Posterity.” Fortune. 74(10: 68; 1966 July 1
“We Shall Not Be Thanked.” Terazzo Tile and Modern Flooring. 2(9); 1966 September

I.93 du Plessix, Francine. “Philip Johnson Goes Underground.” Art in America. 54(4): 88-97


I.94 The Architectural Forum. 124(6): 72-73, 93

Book review
Review of Robin Boyd, The Puzzle of Architecture

I.95 The Architectural Forum. 125(3): 52-53

Book review
Review of PJ's own Philip Johnson: Architecture 1949-1965

I.96 Heyer, Paul. Architects on Architecture: New Directions in America. New York: Walker & Co.

Excerpted The Architectural Forum. 75(4): 66-69, 96-97; 1966 November 1966

I.97 “...A Grain of Salt.” IMAGE 4.

The School of Architecture, The University of Texas. 48-49

I.98 Journal of the First International Congress on Religion, Architecture and the Visual Arts. New York City and Montreal

Hunt, Rolfe Lanier. Revolution: Place and Symbol. New York: The International Congress on Religion, Architecture and the Visual Arts; 137-140

8/26 - 9/4/1967
I.98a “Report on City's Design.” The New York Times

Letter to the editor

I.99 “Why We Want Our Cities Ugly.”

The Fitness of Man's Environment. Smithsonian Annual II; New York: Harper & Row; 145-160
Paper delivered at Smithsonian Institution Annual Symposium. 1967 February 17

I.99a “Foreword.” Paintings and Sculptures.

Guide to Parke-Bernet Galleries Public Auction, for the benefit of the Israel Emergency Fund

I.100 “Architecture: A Twentieth Century Flop.” Look Magazine. 32(1): 30 1/9/1968
I.100a “Jury's Report.”

Record of Submissions and Awards, Competition for Middle-Income Housing at Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, 9-11

I.100b Esquire seminar


I.101 “Tribute to the late Mies van der Rohe.” Institute of Arts and Letters - Annual Meeting, New York


I.102 The Kennedy Memorial. Dallas, Texas


I.103 “A Charleston Critique.” Historic Preservation. 23(1): 17

Transcript of speech delivered at the National Trust meeting, Charleston, S.C.; 1970 November 7

I.104 “An Open Letter to Mayor Kollek.” The New York Times. 33 2/26/1971
I.105 “The Addition to the Boston Public Library”

Unpublished statement

I.106 “Beyond Monuments.” The Architectural Forum. 138(1): 54-68

Delivered as a speech titled “Monuments for the Masses”, a Graham Foundation Lecture for the Chicago Chapter, American Institute of Architects, December 15, 1972

I.107 “The Design of the Bobst Library and the State of Art Today.”

Reprinted Program of the Fifteenth Anniversary Party of the Woman's Architectural Auxiliary of the New York Chapter/American Institute of Architects, January 30, 1974

I.108 “The Architectural Space of the I.D.S. Center in Minneapolis.

Published as “a There, There”, Architectural Forum. 140(4): 38; 1973 November

I.109 “Saul Steinberg”

Published in the Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Letters... (NY), 1975, p. 21. see #107D

I.110 “Louis I. Kahn”

published in the Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Letters... (NY), 1975, p. 8. see #107D

I.111 “Induction of New Members of the Academy: Louis I. Kahn.” “Presentation to Saul Steinberg of the Gold Medal for Graphic Art.” “Architecture vis-à-vis Painting and Sculpture -- a Trialogue” with Richard Lippold, Philip Johnson, Robert Motherwell.

Ceremony held May 22, 1974
Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. New York: 2(2): 8, 21, 47-61, 79-80
See also #107B, 107C

I.112 “A New Day Dawns.” The Convention of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen

Delivered on the awarding of the 1975 Louis Sullivan Award for Architecture to PJ
Washington: The International Masonry Institute

I.113 Columbia University


I.114 On Gwathmey/Siegel.

Unpublished notes

I.115 “The Shape of the Office Building.”

Unpublished notes

I.116 “Twelve Twists on Modern Architecture.” Architectural Association Quarterly (AAQ). 2(3): 32-35 1979
I.117 “Johnson Study/Library, New Canaan, Connecticut.” Architectural Record. 114-119

Please see oversize for black & white photographs of PJ's study

I.118 “Vorwart.” Bofiner, Helga and Margaret. Junge Architekten in Europa. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer; 5 1983
I.119 “The Spirituality of Space.” Harpers. 268(1609): 32-34 6/1984
I.120 College of Architecture Building Dedication. University of Houston:

See Video Recordings, #97-10

I.121 College of Architecture Graduation Ceremony. University of Houston

See Video Recordings, #97-10

I.122 Houston “Evening with Philip Johnson.” University of Houston

See Video Recordings, #97-10

I.123 “Berlin's Last Chance - Schinkel, Messel, Mies van der Rohe - Now What?”


I.124 “Berlins letze Chance - Schinkel, Messel, Mies van der Rohe uns was nun?”

Berliner Lektionen. Berl C. Bertelsmann; 31-45
German version of speech given 1993 June 13

I.125 Final draft

“Philip Johnson Berlin Talk,” February 27, 1995

I.126 Eulogy for Lincoln Kirstein 1996 March 18; School of American Ballet Special Edition Lincoln Kirstein newsletter, vol. XXIX

Memorial Eulogy
Also included are Lincoln Kirstein memorial pamphlet
TL Peter Martins-Philip Johnson re: Lincoln Kirstein Memorial Fund, 1996 May 10

Spring 1996

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Series II Published articles and reviews of Philip Johnson's architectural projects 1930-1992

The contents of Series II are arranged alphabetically by state.

Folder Title
II.1 Arizona: Museum Building, Meteor Crater
II.2 Arkansas: Hendrix College Library
II.3 California: 101, San Francisco
II.4 California: Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove
II.5 Connecticut: Boissonnas House, New Canaan
II.6 Connecticut: Burton Tremaine Barn, Madison
II.7 Connecticut: Hodgson House, New Canaan
II.8 Connecticut: Philip Johnson's Compound, New Canaan
II.9 Connecticut: Schlumberger Administration Building, Ridgefield
II.10 Connecticut: The Wiley House, New Canaan
II.11 Connecticut: Yale University Buildings, New Haven
II.12 District of Columbia: Dumbarton Oaks Museum Wing, Washington, D.C.
II.13 District of Columbia: David Kreeger Estate, Washington, D.C.
II.14 District of Columbia: St. Anselm's Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
II.15 Florida: Arts center, Miami
II.16 Indiana: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, New Harmony
II.17 Massachusetts: Boston Public Library Wing
II.18 Massachusetts: Burden Auditorium at Harvard University
II.19 Massachusetts: Philip Johnson's Cambridge House
II.20 Minnesota: Richard Davis Home, Minneapolis
II.21 Minnesota: Investors Diversified Services (IDS) Center, Minneapolis
II.22 Nebraska: Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln
II.23 Asia House, New York
II.24 New York: AT&T Corporate Headquarters
II.25 New York: Battery Park Complex
II.26 New York: William Burden Apartment, NYC
II.27 New York: Central Park Police Station/Stable Complex
II.28 New York: “Chelsea Walk” Apartment Complex on N.Y.'s West Side
II.29 New York: Ellis Island Project see also V.16 for additional oversize material]
II.30 New York: Controversial FDR Memorial Competition
II.31 New York: 53rd at Third, Leasing Brochure
II.32 New York: Henry L. Moses Research Institute - Montifiore Hospital, Bronx
II.33 New York: John F. Kennedy Convention Center, Niagara Falls
II.34 New York: Knese Tifereth Israel Synagogue, Port Chester
II.35 New York: Lincoln Center State Theater

2 folders

II.36 New York: Miller House, Irvington-on-Hudson
II.37 New York: Morningside House - Home for the Elderly
II.38 New York: Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica
II.39 New York: Museum of Modern Art Sculpture Garden & Wing
II.40 New York: New York State Pavilion at NY World's Fair, 1964
II.41 New York: New York University Buildings & Library Dispute
II.42 New York: North River Public Works Plant, NYC see also V.16 for additional oversize material]
II.43 New York: John D. Rockefeller III Guest House, NYC
II.44 New York: Sarah Lawrence College Dormitories, Bronxville
II.45 New York: Seagram Building and Four Seasons Restaurant
II.46 New York: State University of New York at Purchase: Art Gallery
II.47 New York: Welfare Island Development Plan see also V.16 for additional oversize material]
II.48 Ohio: Cleveland Playhouse
II.49 Pennsylvania: Logan Complex
II.50 Pennsylvania: Seton Hill College Dormitory, Greensburg
II.51 Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Memorial Rooms, Rhode Island School of Design
II.52 Rhode Island: Brown University Buildings

Watson Computer Center
List Art Building

II.53 Texas: Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth
II.54* Texas: Kennedy Memorial, Dallas

Please see oversize material for published brochure

II.55 Texas: Mercantile Bank, Dallas
II.56 Texas: Republic Bank Center, Houston
II.57 Texas: Transco Tower, Houston
II.58 Texas: University of St. Thomas Buildings, Houston
II.59 Virginia: WRVA Building, Richmond (radio station)
II.60 Canada: Joseph H. Hirschhorn Town, Ontario, (Blind River)
II.61 France: Boissonnas House, Cap Bénat
II.62 France: Unesco House, Paris
II.63 Germany: Kunsthalle, Bielefeld
II.64* India: Tata Theatre, “National Centre for the Performing Arts”, brochure

See oversize for photograph of Indian architecture

II.65 Israel: Nahal Soreq Research Reactor
II.66 Japan: United States Pavilion at Osaka World Exposition
II.67 General: Philip Johnson: Multiple Architectural Designs
II.68 General: Philip Johnson: Miscellaneous Architectural Designs

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Series III News Clippings, Articles and Other Published Material 1930-1992

The contents of Series III are chronologically arranged; selectively inventoried.

Folder Title Date
III.1 1930s

25 items
Incl. clippings re: Modern Architecture: International Exhibition [MoMA Exh. #15]
Machine Art [MoMA Exh. #34]
1933 lecture series by PJ

III.2 1940s

Luncheon at Manhattan Club (NY) in honor of PJ, November 23, 1945: photograph booklet of guests

III.3 1940s

3 items
“A House For a Millionaire With No Servants.” Ladies' Home Journal. 227; 1946 April
Roche, Mary. “New Ideas and Inventions.” The New York Times Magazine. 1948 October 17

1946, 1948
III.4 1950s

16 items
Incl. clippings re: 1950 plans to design glass house for Walter P. Chrysler; 1952 March address at Kiwanis Club, New Canaan, Conn.
1952: April address at Contemporary Arts Association in Houston, Texas
1952: May address at University of Louisville, Kentucky
1952: October address at University of Houston for its architecture lecture series
Dempsey, Bourne. “Johnson, Creator of Glass House, Cites Ceremonial Aspect of Design.” Yale Daily News. 3/3/1950
“Author-Designer in Art Series.” Detroit Sunday Times. 10/28/1951
“Johnson Describes New Architecture.” Advertiser. New Canaan: 3/6/1952

III.5 1950s

10 items
MoMA Sculpture Garden, designed by PJ
1953 April 23 newspaper photo of PJ on vacation in Sarasota, Florida
1953 September 26-October 18, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' Exhibition, Built in USA: Postwar Architecture1953 September 27
Address at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts re: Glass House 1953 October 12
Address at Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa; 1953 October
Address at Yale symposium “Signs for Streets and Buildings”

Please see oversize material for original watercolor of the MoMA Sculpture by Garrett Price, used for cover of 1954 New Yorker.

III.6 1950s

12 items
Incl. 1954 Exhibition of PJ's work at University of Virginia
1954 plans to design Seagram Building, New York
Mumford, Lewis. “The Sky Line; Windows and Gardens.” The New Yorker, 1954 October 2
Pepis, Betty. “New Master Plan For City Outlined.” The New York Times. 1954 October
“The Small House of Tomorrow”, 1954 lecture at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

III.7 “Miscellaneous Undated Clippings and Articles”

14 items
Incl. clippings re: renovation of barn in Madison, Connecticut
Homes of William A. M. Burden and John de Menil
1 newspaper photograph of PJ with Frank Lloyd Wright

III.8 Clippings

7 items
incl. clippings re: 1955 January exhibition of PJ's work at Yale University
1955 April 29 lecture at the American Arts Festival at Barnard College
1956 September Philadelphia Academy of Music project
1956 October proposed plans for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Saarinen, Aline. “Four Architects Helping to Change the Look of America.” Vogue. 1955 August
“New Skyscraper on Park Avenue to be First Sheathed in Bronze.” The New York Times. 1956 March 2
Maurício, Jayme. “O Presidente E O Pintor.” 1957 September

III.9 Rodman, Selden. Conversations with Artists. New York: The Devin-Adair Co.

Autographed copy to PJ from author
Incl. interview with PJ

III.10 Clippings

12 items
incl. clippings re: PJ's election as a MoMA Trustee; 1959 July 6; 1959 exhibition of PJ's work and his lecture at Yale University
“Use Old Post Office as a Museum.” Evening World Herald. Omaha, Nebraska; 1958 November 29
“Philip Johnson Fights to Save Omaha Post Office.” Architectural Forum. 1959 January
Young, Amelia. “Government, Says Architect, Lacks Artistic Courage.” The Evening Star. Washington, D.C.; 1959 April 24
“Modern Architecture is About Over, Johnson Says.” Chicago Construction News. Chicago, IL

III.11 Jordy, Miller & Haskell. Unpublished essay on PJ's work

Incl. first and second editions and third copy revised and mimeographed, dated August 12, 1959

Summer 1959
III.12 Awards: Philip Johnson 1950s-1960s
III.13 Correspondence re: Awards 1950s-1960s
III.14 General

Incl. clippings re: PJ and others

III.15 1960s

9 items
Incl. clippings re: PJ's election to the National Institute of Arts and Letters
“Philip Johnson, '23, Appointed New School Architect.” From Hackley. The Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY; 1960 May
Allen, William. “Oakland Plan, Point `Wall' Criticized.” The Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh, PA; 1962 April 12
White, Jean M. “D.C. Layout Criticized by Architect Johnson.” The Washington Post. Washington, D.C.; 1963 April 4
“Architect Finds City Has Plenty of Nothing.” World Tel & Sun. New York; 1963 June 5

III.16 1960s

9 items
Incl.: 1964 December election of PJ to the Board of Trustees of the Fred L. Lavenburg Foundation; 1964 exhibition of PJ's work at the US Embassy in London
Bruner, Louise. “Please Come Home, Phil Johnson.” The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio; 1964 April 30
“Art of Philip Johnson Would Enhance Cleveland's Architectural Vista.” The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio; 1964 May 12
“Ex-Ohioan Designs 3 N.Y. Buildings.” The Blade. Toledo, Ohio; 1964 May 27
“A Fillip for Architecture.” The Architect and Building News. 1964 December 23

III.17 1960s

13 items
Incl.: CBS television biography of PJ, 1965 February 15
PJ's role in the 1965 New York City mayoral race
PJ's role in the preservation of the John J. Glessner mansion as a Chicago landmark
Page, Homer
“Urban Removal Razing Cities, Architect Laments”
Cleveland Plain Dealer. 1965 January 14
“Philip Johnson.” Women's Wear Daily. 1965 February 25
“The Man Who Builds Monuments.” Think. 1965 May-June
Moore, Ruth. “New York Architect Carries Fight to Save Chicago Landmark.” Chicago Sun-Times. Chicago, IL; 1965 November 7
Neugass, Fritz. “Interview with Philip Johnson.” 1965

III.18 Biographies of PJ

The American Association of Architectural Biographers, Papers, Volume I. University Press of Virginia: Charlottesville; 1965
The American Association of Architectural Biographers, Papers, Volume II University Press of Virginia: Charlottesville; 1966
Alexander, Ricardo Jess & Cervera, Eduardo Juan. Philip Johnson. Argentina: University of Buenos Aires; 1967

III.19 Reviews of books about and including PJ

Incl. publications by John M. Jacobus, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Ian McCallum

III.20 General

9 items
1966 January 29-February 27 exhibition of PJ's work at the Städtisches Kunsthaus, Bielefeld, Germany
1966 June 5 address at Mt. Holyoke College
1966 August 19, plane crash in which PJ was an unhurt passenger
PJ's endorsement of 5-year architecture plan at Arlington State College
1966 November candidacy for the Connecticut General Assembly

III.21 General

9 items
Incl. clippings re: 1967 March address at the Smithsonian Institution
“Architect Brands the Nations Cities as 'Greatest Mess'.” The New York Times. 1967 March 29
Thiessen, Leonard. “Some Comparisons at the Sheldon.” Omaha World Herald. 1967 April 16
Roberts, Steven V. “Architect Sees Need for Great Religious Edifices.” The New York Times. 1967 September 1
“A Great Architect: Philip Johnson,” The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. 1967 October 1

III.22 General

Incl. clippings with PJ as part of a group of architects

III.23 1970s

7 items
Goldberger, Paul. “Philip Johnson at 70: Enfant Terrible and Elder Statesman.” Art News. Summer 1976
Blake, Peter. “Philip Johnson Knows Too Much.” New York. 11(20): 65-73; 1978 May 15
Brown, Denise Scott. “High Boy; The Making of an Eclectic.” Saturday Review. 1979 March 17

III.23a Architectural Forum

Entire issue related to PJ

III.24 Tomkins, Calvin. “Profiles: Philip Johnson.” The New Yorker. 53(14)

Pgs. 43-44, 47-54, 57-60, 65-72, 77-80

III.25.a Goldberger, Paul. “Philip Johnson: A Controversial New Vision for Architecture.” The New York Times Magazine. 26-27; 1978 May 14

2 items

III.25.b “An Additional Publication/Collection of Works by Philip Johnson.” Architecture & Urbanism.

translated from Japanese
1986 addition

III. 26 Seattle Chapter American Institute of Architecture

Honor Award Program. 22 pgs. PJ honored. Separate brochure, 1 sheet

III.27 Patton, Phil, “Philip Johnson: The Man Who Changed Houson's Skyline.” Houston City Magazine. 4(1): 36-45 1/1980
III.28 Pollack, Randall, “Philip Johnson's Play House.” Northern Ohio Live. 1(1): 38-43 1/1980
III.29 Review of Philip Johnson: Writings. Book Review Digest. 1/1980
III.30 Review of Philip Johnson: Writings. Times Literary Supplement. 2/1/1980
III.31 Mann, Dennis Alan, Review of Philip Johnson: Writings. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 343-345 Spring 1980
III.32 Blume, Mary, “Philip Johnson and Les Halles.” International Herald Tribune. 5/10-5/11/1980
III.33 Stern, Robert A.M., “Philip Johnson.” Ianus. 0(0): 12-25 5/1980-6/1980
III.34 Watkin, David, “Pursued With Panache.” Review of Philip Johnson: Writings.

Publication unknown

III.35 “Philip Johnson, Emotion in Geometry.” Arbitare. 186(36): 16-21 7/1980-8/1980
III.36 Goldberger, Paul, “Architecture: Philip Johnson in Connecticut.” Architectural Digest. 37(9): 150-154 11/1980
III.37 “On and Up With Johnson.” The Economist. 227(7165): 31 12/27/1980
III.38 Viladas, Pilar, “Philip Johnson: Predictably Unpredictable.” House and Garden. 153(2): 128-133 2/1981
III.39 “Recent Works of Johnson/Burgee.” Architecture and Urbanism. 126: 3-26

Article is in Japanese

III.40. Kissel, Howard, “Philip Johnson, From Modernism to `Freedom'.” W. 24-25 3/27-4/3/1981
III.41 Percy, Henry, “At Home in a Museum.” Saturday Review. 30-33 4/1981
III.42 Conroy, Sarah Booth, “Philip Johnson's Private World.” Washington Post. Sect. L: 1-2

A note from Sidney Lewis attached

III.43 Brown, Steve, “Johnson Combines Art, Success.” Dallas Morning News. Sect. H: 1- 10/11/1981
III.44 Goldberger, Paul, “The New American Skyscraper.” The New York Times Magazine.

Pgs. 68-73, 76, 78-79, 88, 90, 92, 94, 96

III.45 Dunlap, David W. “A Graceful Move Upstairs.” The New York Times. Sect. A: 6, 12 5/23/1982
III.46 Curtis, Charlotte, “Philip Johnson's Home.” The New York Times. Sect. III 8/24/1982
III.47 Merris, Mary, “The Choices of Philip Johnson.” W. 26 5/6-5/13/1983
III.48 Campbell, Robert, “A Mover and Shaper.” Boston Globe Magazine.

Pgs. 10, 50, 52, 54-55, 58

III.49 Middleton, Faith, “The New Light in New Canaan.” Northeast. ( The Hartford Courant).

Pgs. 26-28, 30, 32-33, 44, 48-49

III.50 Russell, Beverly, “Philip Johnson's Shape of a New World to Come.” New York Post. 19 12/19/1983
III.51 Buckley, Tom, “Philip Johnson, the Man in the Glass House.” Esquire. 100(6): 270-284 12/1983
III.52 Wintour, Anna, “Design: the New Idea.” Vogue. 177 1/1984
III.53 Giovannini, Joseph, “Philip Johnson Designs for a Pluralistic Age.” The New York Times. Sect. H: 29, 36 1/8/1984
III.54 Kidney, Water, “Three Buildings That Have Changed the City Skyline.” Pittsburgh. 38-40, 43 2/1984
III.55 Hine, Thomas, “Philip Johnson, Master Builder.” Philadelphia Enquirer. Sect. C: 1,3 2/6/1984
III.56 “Meet the Man Who Changed America's Face.” The Sunday Sun. Sect. G: 17 4/1984
III.57 “Philip Johnson and John Burgee.” Progressive Architecture. 65(2)

Entire issue

III.58 Knight, Carleton, “Philip Johnson.” Clue. 6-9 11/1984-12/1984
III.59 Simpson, Anne, “Manhattan's Master Builder.” Glasgow Herald. 7 11/24/1984
III.60 Knight, Carleton, “Philip Johnson: Dean of American Architecture.” USAir. 6(11): 62-72, 75-79 11/1984
III.61 Dillon, David, “Philip Johnson.” Dallas Morning News. Sect. C: 1, 6-7 11/28/1985
III.62 “First Chop Down Those Cherry Trees.” Washingtonian. 20(9): 162-169 11/1985
III.63 ANY Philip Johnson Festschrift. New York: Anyone Corporation

See V.16: oversize material

III.64 Philip Johnson, Architect: The First Forty Years. Exhibition catalogue. New York: The Municipal Society

Curator, Virginia Dajani

III.65 Deutsche Bauzeitschrift Belegexemplar 1996

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Series IV Correspondence, Photographs, and Interviews 1930-1992

The contents of Series IV are chronologically arranged.

Folder Title Date
IV.1 Letters from PJ to J.J.Oud

5 items
Incl. 5 photocopies

1932, 1946
IV.2 Photographs of houses and building in Glienicke and Potsdam, Germany

22 5×7"

ca. 1930s
IV.3 Photographs of buildings that interested PJ 1921; 1930s and 1940s
IV.4 Letters from PJ to Mies van der Rohe

Incl. photocopies of letters from 1945 October 16 and November 7

IV.5 Correspondence between PJ and Sibyl Moholy-Nagy

Stamped “Confidential”
No longer considered “Confidential” as stamped

IV.6 “Philip Johnson Interview with Albert Halse and Pat Chapman,” Newark Star Ledger, 5/2/1965
IV.7 Interviews:

“Fancy Speaking” by Lee Radziwill, Esquire, 82(6): 159-61, 220-4, 12/1924
Interview with Craig Hodgetts, Design Quarterly 100. 22; 1976

IV.7a Interview with PJ by Rosamund Bernier, Camera 3, CBS

See Video Recordings, #97-5, 97-6, 97-7

IV.8 “Interview with Philip Johnson.” Archetype. 23 Winter 1983
IV.9 “Art: Keith Haring with Halston and Philip Johnson.” Interview. 129-131 1984
IV.10 Manera, Livia, “E Adesso, Mansarda.” Panorama. 23(1002)

Pgs. 258-259, 261, 263

IV.10a “Self-Portrait: Philip Johnson.” Interview with Rosamund Bernier

See Video Recordings, #97-11

IV.11 Interview with PJ by George M. Goodwin

Re: Frank Lloyd Wright; standard sound cassette

IV.12 Interview with PJ/Jeffrey Kipnis/Frank Gehry

One 90-minute standard sound cassette
See Sound Recordings, #96.61
For correspondence concerning awards, see III.13


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Series VI: Addendum; Documentation Received from Other Sources

Folder Title Date
VI.1 Miscellaneous

James Johnson Sweeney, Cincinnati Inquirer, 1931
Annotated draft of article, 1931
ALS Sean Sweeney - PJ, 12/8/1995
TLS PJ - Rona Roob, 12/26/1995
PJ's drawings at Trustee meeting, 6/12/1991 (Gift of PJ 12/26/1995)

1931, 1991, 1995
VI.2 1993 MoMA Lobby

Incl. Minutes of construction mtg: 2 items
Memos/correspondence/ notes: 15 items (3 ALS); elevations/plans/sketches: 30 sheets (7 hand drawn)
Blueprints: 2 items (1 with notes) gift of Philip Johnson, Ritchie & Fiore Architects, 1997
See Series V.16: oversize material

VI.3 Schulze, Franz. Philip Johnson: Life and Work. New York: Alfred A. Knopf

20 reviews, received from Frank Schulze
May 6 1997

VI.4 PJ 90th birthday song by Christopher Mason

See Sound Recordings, #96.19

VI.5 Party in the Garden in honor of PJ, MoMA

Guest Lists
PJ birthday celebration, Four Seasons Restaurant, NY 1996 July 8

VI.6 Philip Johnson: Self-Portrait.

See Video Recordings, #97-11
Gift of Stephen Chodorov

VI.7* First International Outhouse Competition

See oversize for 9 architectural proposals from various sources


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Series V: Oversize material 1930-1992

Original series, box and folder numbers have been retained and are used as identifying labels on the folders in this Series. The abbreviation “OS” is used to denote oversize.

Folder Title Date
OS II.7.29 Ellis Island Project, NY []

10 p.
Bound book of illustrations for unrealized shrine
See also Series II.7.29

OS II.9.42 North River Water Pollution Control Project, NY

12 p.
See also Series II.9.42
Bound book of illustrations of the proposed project
Incl. Introduction in the form of a letter PJ - Eugene E. Hult, 1967 August 7

OS II.9.47 Welfare Island, NY

Bound technical report prepared for NY State Urban Development Corporation by PJ and John Burgee, Architects
See also Series II.9.47

OS III.14.63 ANY Philip Johnson Festschrift. New York: Anyone Corporation 1996
OS VI.17.1 1993 MoMA Lobby

Incl. minutes of construction Mtg [2 items]
Memos/correspondence/notes [15 items, 3 ALS] elevations/plans/sketches [30 sheets, 7 hand drawn]
Blueprints: 2 items, 1 with notes. gift of PJ, Ritchie & Fiore Architects, 1997


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Box and Folder List

File numbers marked by an asterisk (*) indicate oversize material that have been separated to the end of the collection.
Researchers should include the asterisk when issuing a request for such material
Box Series Folder
1 I I.1-I.34
2 I I.35-I.69
3 I I.70.A-I.92
4 I I.93-I.126
5 II II.1-II.10
6 II II.11-II.21
7 II II.22-II.34
8 II II.35-II.39
9 II II.40-II.50
10 II II.51-II.62
11 II II.63-II.68
12 III III.1-III.14
13 III III.15-III.25.b
14 III III.26-III.65
15 IV IV.1-IV.12
15 VI IV.1.a-IV.6
16 V Oversize material

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