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Name of Creator:Schweinfurth, Julius A., 1858-1931.
Title:Julius Adolphe Schweinfurth papers
Date:1882-1927
Reference Code:M28
Location Code:71/2-3, FF1/D8, FF2/D6,8-9, FF3/D7-9, FF4/D3
Extent:10.5 cubic ft. (12 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The bulk of the Julius A. Schweinfurth papers consist of artwork, including sketches, architectural plans, and watercolors of projects he designed, as well as architecture he observed while traveling. His project files include designs for churches, monuments and memorials, public buildings, residences, and schools and colleges. There is extensive documentation of his work at Wellesley College, including the quadrangle, gymnasium, teahouse, and various residence halls. There are also six scrapbooks filled with sketches and various ideas.
Historical Abstract:Julius A. Schweinfurth was born in Auburn, NY on September 20, 1858. Schweinfurth came to Boston in 1879 and was employed by the architectural firm of Peabody and Stearns. He published a collection of his travel drawings, "Sketches Abroad," in 1888. He continued to work as chief designer for Peabody and Stearns while accepting commissions and submitting designs to competitions as an independent architect until 1895. In 1895, Schweinfurth left Peabody and Stearns to open his own practice. Between 1895 and 1928, he designed more than 70 buildings and saw many of them built. Schweinfurth enjoyed a national reputation and participated in many of the high profile architectural competitions of his time. He designed several school buildings, residences, and public buildings, most located in and around Boston. Several of his designs were featured in the publication "The American Architect."
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Arrangement:Organized into 2 series: 1. Projects and 2. Personal.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Schweinfurth, Julius A., 1858-1931
  • Peabody & Stearns (Boston, Mass.)


  • Architects -- United States
  • Architecture -- Designs and plans
  • Architecture -- Sketch-books
  • Architecture -- Massachusetts
  • Wellesley College -- Buildings

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.
Related Archival Materials:

Materials regarding the architectural work of Julius Schweinfurth can also be found at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center. For further information, visit the Center online or call (315) 255-1553.

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Ken Risley, August 1998