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Carlludwig Franck unpublished writings

Ms. Coll. 3

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Franck, Carlludwig
Title:
Carlludwig Franck unpublished writings
Date [inclusive]:
1952-1983
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 3
Extent:
2.2 linear feet (6 boxes)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Carlludwig Franck was an architect, architectural historian, and independent scholar in history and the life sciences. The collection consists of bound typescripts or carbons for mostly unpublished nonfiction works. Some include graphs, drawings, photographs, etc.
Cite as:
Carlludwig Franck unpublished writings, 1952-1983, Ms. Coll. 3, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Carlludwig Franck was an architect, architectural historian, and independent scholar in history and the life sciences. Born September 25, 1904, Franck studied law at Freiburg and Wurzburg in Germany, then studied architecture at the Technical University of Berlin, where he worked as assistant to Hans Poelzig. Unable to practice architecture under Hitler, he left Germany for England in 1937. Before and after World War II, he worked for the Tecton firm, until it was dissolved in 1948. Franck then worked for Collins, Melvin & Partners from about 1948 to 1953 and for Joseph Emberton from 1953 to 1957. After Emberton's death in 1957, Franck and Tim Tardrew took over the firm, but their partnership was dissolved in 1965. Franck then formed a partnership with Douglas Deeks that continued until Franck retired in 1971.

Franck began an extensive correspondence with Lewis Mumford in 1947, which was concerned primarily with their shared interests in history, architecture, and the life sciences. Franck's letters to Mumford are located in the Lewis Mumford Papers. Mumford tried unsuccessfully to interest publishers in Franck's unpublished works. One of Franck's works, The Villas of Frascati, was published in Germany in 1956 and in England and the United States in 1966. Franck died in London on February 20, 1985. In most of his writings, Franck is concerned with human development in relation to history and the life sciences, sometimes considering architecture and the physical sciences as well.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of bound typescripts or carbons for mostly unpublished nonfiction works. Some include graphs, drawings, photographs, etc. There is also one folder of correspondence with Ervin O. Anderson dating from 1954 to 1958. Titles include: An Attempt to Trace a Structural Order in History, 1952 and 1967;  The Structural Pattern of History in Architecture, 1952;  Problems of a Structure in History, 1952;  Scientific Significance of a Structure in History, 1952;  The Pattern of History in Architecture, 1952;  The Baroque Villas of Frascoti, 1955;  The History of Christian Culture as Expressed in its Ecclesiastical Architecture;  Turkish Domed Mosques, 1969;  Three Epistemological Letters on a Theory of Knowledge, 1956;  Relationships and Reality, 1972;  The Unity of Life, 1978;  Means and Ends of Knowledge, 1973;  Evolution and Development, 1974 and 1975;  Light, and Life and Time, 1976;  The Human Potential, 1980-1982; and  Reminiscences and Confessions, 1983.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  26 February 2015

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Nicole Love

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Custodial History note

Gift of Lewis Mumford (Amenia, N.Y.), 1982. Gift of Carlludwig Franck (London), 1984. Gift of Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD Libraries, 1999

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

At University of Pennsylvania: Lewis Mumford papers, circa 1905-1987, Ms. Coll. 2.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence
  • Typescripts
  • Writings (document genre)
Personal Name(s)
  • Anderson, Ervin O.
Subject(s)
  • Architecture
  • Architecture--Study and teaching
  • Biology--Philosophy
  • Evolution
  • History--Philosophy
  • Knowledge, Theory of

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

An attempt to trace a structural order in history Part I: Structural elements in history, 1952-1983.

1 1

An attempt to trace a structural order in history Part II: The structural pattern of history in architecture, 1952-1983.

1 2

The structural pattern of history in architecture I: Structural elements of history, 1952-1983.

1 3

The structural pattern of history in architecture II: Outlines of architectural history, 1952-1983.

2 4

Problems of a structure in history, 1952-1983.

2 5

Scientific significance of a structure in history, 1952-1983.

2 6

The pattern of history in architecture I: structural elements of history, 1952-1983.

2 7

The pattern of history in architecture II: Outlines of architectural history, 1952-1983.

2 8

New State Hospital at DONA (illustrations), 1952-1983.

2 9

The Baroque villas of Frascati, 1956, 1966.

3 10

Correspondence with Ervin O. Anderson, 1954-1958.

3 11

The history of Christian culture as expressed in its Ecclesiastical architecture, 1952-1983.

3 12

Turkish domed mosques (two copies), 1952-1983.

3 13

Three Epistemological letters on a Theory of Knowledge, 1952-1983.

4 14

Relationships and Reality, 1952-1983.

4 15

The Unity of Life, 1952-1983.

4 16

Means and Ends of Knowledge, 1952-1983.

5 17

Evolution and Development, 1952-1983.

5 18

Evolution and Development (revised), 1952-1983.

5 19

Light, Life, and Time, 1952-1983.

5 20

The Human Potential Part I: The Chemistry of Life, Book I: Some Fundamentals, 1952-1983.

5 21-23

The Human Potential Part II: Evolution, Book I: Cell Differentiation, 1952-1983.

6 24-26

The Human Potential Part III: Development, Book I: History, 1952-1983.

6 27-29

Reminescences and Confessions (two copies), 1952-1983.

6 30-31