Summary Information
Title: Ralph E. Griswold, GWSM, Inc. Collection
Collection Number: AIS.2001.10
Creator: Griswold, Ralph E.

Collection Dates: 1912-1988
Extent: 30.6 linear feet (73 boxes)

Language: English

Abstract:
This collection documents the research, activities, and projects undertaken by landscape architect Ralph E. Griswold, founder of Griswold, Winters, Swain, & Mullin (GWSM), Inc., landscape architecture firm of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The materials in this collection range from 1917 to 1981 and include personal documents and regional, national and international project files. The Griswold collection contains plans, drawings, blueprints, photographs, slides, glass plate negatives, diaries, and correspondence. The materials mainly relate to Griswold’s individual landscape work, however some of the project from GWSM are also included.
Sponsor:

Partial funding for processing this material was made available by the Garden Club of Allegheny County.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

December 2008
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Alesha Shumar, Jennifer Nicol, Evan Waters, Sean Kilcoyne and Carolyn Smith.
Biography

Ralph E. Griswold began his career as a landscape architect in 1916 after graduating from Cornell University, where he received both his bachelors and masters degrees in landscape architecture. Following his graduation, Griswold served in World War I as a camouflage officer stationed in France. In 1919, Griswold was a part of Bryant F. Fleming landscape architecture firm in Buffalo, New York. Subsequently, Griswold won the Prix de Rome, a competitive scholarship organized by the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1920. He spent the next three years at the American Academy in Rome as a Fellow of Landscape Architecture with Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. as his advisor. After returning to the United States with his family in 1923, Griswold joined the architecture firm of A.D. Taylor in Cleveland, Ohio, and later moved to Pittsburgh in 1927 to establish his own firm of GWSM, Inc.

Between 1934 and 1945, Griswold worked as the superintendent for the Bureau of Parks in Pittsburgh. He contributed to many significant Pittsburgh projects, including Point State Park, the Pittsburgh Zoo, Chatham Village, Grandview Overlook, and the Sewickley Memorial. Griswold also worked on side projects with corporate and residential landscapes throughout the Pittsburgh area, including many country club and park projects.

During this time, Griswold also contributed to landscape planning projects abroad, including the American Cemetery in Anzio, Italy, and the Archaeological Park at the excavation of the Agora in Athens, Greece. Between 1956 and 1958, Griswold continued his historic landscape research as the first Research Fellow with the Dumbarton Oaks Project at Harvard University. While semi-retired from GWSM, Inc. in the 1960s and 1970s, he lived in Williamsburg, Virginia, and worked on various projects including research for the gardens of Colonial Williamsburg, Mary Washington House, and Monticello. Griswold also contributed to other notable projects such as Rosenwald Estates, William Penn's Pennsbury Manor, the University of Pittsburgh’s Falk Clinic, and many private residences in Pennsylvania and Virginia.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

The Ralph E. Griswold, GWSM, Inc. collection contains project materials and drawings by Ralph E. Griswold (1894-1981), founder of the GSWM landscape architecture firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The materials range from 1912 to 1981. Griswold maintained records throughout his life that document his career as a noted landscape architect. In addition, this collection contains materials that illustrate the variety of projects researched and fulfilled by Griswold and his company, GWSM, Inc. There is also material that notes the collaboration of world heritage landscape projects, such as the Agora in Athens and the American Cemetery in Anzio, Italy. The majority of the material was kept in Griswold’s original or working order. Types of documentation contained in the collection include research and lecture notes, newspaper clippings, articles, correspondence, diaries, receipts, publications, blueprints, plans, photographic material, and sketches. Series VI (Boxes 34-46) is stored separately, as are the oversize media materials.


Arrangement

Series I. Personal Material, 1917-1981

Series II. Diaries, 1912-1916, 1946-1981

Series III. Lecture Notes and Unpublished Works, 1913-1944

Series IV. Reference Material

Series V. Project Material, 1917-1976

Series VI. Media Material

Series VII. Blue Prints and Oversized material, 1930-1988


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Landscape architectural projects
  • Landscape architecture
  • Landscape gardening

Corporate Names
  • GWSM, Inc..

Personal Names
  • Griswold, Ralph E.

Locations
  • Anzio (Italy)
  • Athens (Greece)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)
  • Rome (Italy)
  • Williamsburg (Va.)

Genres/Forms
  • Architectural drawings (Visual works)

Category
  • Architecture
  • Business and Industry
  • Personal papers

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Mr. Tom Borellis on behalf of GWSM, Inc. on October 16, 2001.

Preferred Citation:

Ralph E. Griswold, GWSM, Inc. Collection, 1912-1988, AIS.2001.10, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Alesha Shumar, Jennifer Nicol, Evan Waters, Sean Kilcoyne, and Carolyn Smith in September 2008.

Copyright:

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Separated Material:
The media material of Series VI (boxes 34-46) is stored separately, as are the oversize media materials which are stored in flat files.


Collection Inventory

Series I. Personal Files, 1917-1945

Scope and Content Notes:

This series consists of material documenting the intertwined personal and professional life of Ralph E. Griswold. Griswold’s personal and professional lives coalesce in his dedication and interest in the field of landscape architecture. The materials in this series describe a portion of Griswold’s academic and WWI military records, while receipts and mortgage statements document some of his financial history. Griswold attended the American E. F. Art Training Centre in Paris at the conclusion of WWI. Paintings and pencil sketches of villa and ship scenes created by Griswold are part of his personal collection. Griswold also collected many small national and international publications regarding landscape training and architecture which are included in the series.


Box 1
Folder 1 Army Records 1917-1943
Folder 2 Academy Photographs 1923
Folder 3 Financial Statements 1935-1939
Folder 4 Griswold Estate Settlement 1935-1941
Folder 5 Warren Odd Fellows Temple Co. Stock Correspondence 1938-1939
Folder 6 Valley City Mortgage Co. Correspondence 1938-1939
Folder 7 Receipts 1944
Folder 8 Civilian Defense Awards 1945

Box 2
Folder 1-2 Ralph E. Griswold water color painting ship scene undated
Folder 3 Ralph E. Griswold water color painting villa scene undated
Folder 4 Pencil sketch booklet undated
Folder 5 Notes and Interpretation on Aero plane Photography during World War I undated

Box 3
Folder 1 Point of Empire: An Epic Struggle of the 1700s undated
Folder 2 American Architect and Architecture 1937
Folder 3 The Architectural Forum undated
Folder 4 Stephen Collins Foster Memorial of the University of Pittsburgh undated
Folder 5 Report of the American E. F. Art Training Centre March – June 1919
Folder 6 Memories of Art Archaeology April 1904
Folder 7 Sloane’s House of Today: at the Century of Progress Exposition undated
Folder 8 The Evolution of the City of Rome from its Origin to the Gallic Catastrophe undated
Folder 9 A Cathedral Hillside and its Gardens undated
Folder 10 La Vie Urbaine 1923
Folder 11 Wild Flowers of the Old Bay State undated
Folder 12 Harpers Magazine December, 1937
Folder 13 Pennsylvania Folk Festival, Bucknell University 1936

Series II. Diaries, 1912-1917, 1946-1981

Scope and Content Notes:

Griswold methodically documented his life, writing entries on social and business relationships as well as existing projects. His earliest diaries, dating from 1914 through 1917, describe day-to-day affairs such as schooling and social relationships. Later diaries show the evolution of his entries into subjects based on current projects, which are detailed in Series V, during his professional career in the 1940s and 1950s. Griswold adopted a more leisurely approach in the 1970s and 1980s, focusing on his personal life to a greater degree than in any previous diary. Most diaries also contain fiscal expenditures, phone-lists, and tabulations in addition to personal antecedents and opinions of his associates. These diaries record a mixture of personal and professional experiences during two distinct periods in Griswold’s life, written in the periods from 1914-1917 and 1946-1981.


Box 4
Volume 1 1912-1917
Volume 2-10 1946-1954

Box 5
Volume 11-19 1955-1963

Box 6
Volume 20-28 1964-1972

Box 7
Volume 29-37 1973-1981

Series III. Lecture Notes and Unpublished Works, 1913-1944

Scope and Content Notes:

Griswold dedication to the landscape architecture field is evident through his diligent notes that he wrote from lectures over the years. The lecture notes describe projects, plans, facts, and theories on landscape architecture. Griswold accumulated lecture notes during his time at Cornell University as well as other conferences and speeches he attended. It is evident that Griswold felt that he could repurpose his notes for future research and conference material. Some of the lecture notes and unpublished works were used in a variety of conferences and speaking engagements given by Griswold. Griswold notes include ideas for speeches, key points of lectures, conference material, and sketches of landscapes. Frequently, these notes directly correspond to a particular landscape project Griswold had worked on. The material in this series date from 1913 to 1944. Additional files relating to lectures and projects may be found in Series VII.


Box 8
Folder 1 Landscape Art #3 Lecture Notes 1913
Folder 2 Landscape Art #4 Lecture Notes 1914-1915
Folder 3 Old as the Hills and as Beautiful 1922
Folder 4 Villa Cicogna 1923
Folder 5 A Synopsis of Lectures on Landscape Architecture, Cleveland School of Art 1924
Folder 6 Italian Gardening 1924
Folder 7 The Villa Caprarola and Its Traditions 1922-1924
Folder 8 The Hillside Home of H.B. Higgins 1932
Folder 9 Parks and Playgrounds: Their Uses and Their Planning 1939
Folder 10 Regional Recreation as a Metropolitan Necessity 1939
Folder 11 Talk by Ralph E. Griswold, Pittsburgh Regional Planning Association 1940
Folder 12 Planting Bigelow Boulevard, Pittsburgh 1941
Folder 13 What the Air Raid Warden Service is Doing 1942
Folder 14 The Planting of Trees as War Memorials 1944
Folder 15 Landscape Architecture undated
Folder 16 Individuality in Landscape Character undated
Folder 17 Landscape Planting in the Grand Manner of the Renaissance undated
Folder 18 Landscape Studies by Motor undated
Folder 19 Looking Into the Future of Pittsburgh Parks undated
Folder 20 The Contribution of Natural Science to the General Welfare undated
Folder 21 The Bureau of Parks: Its Functions and Operation undated
Folder 22 Board of Parks and Recreation undated
Folder 23 Character in the Garden undated
Folder 24 To What Extent Has Landscape Architecture Been Modern Since the Renaissance undated
Folder 25 Italian Gardening and its Relation to the Profession of Landscape Architecture undated
Folder 26 The Meaning of an Academy Fellowship undated
Folder 27 Synopsis of Talks to be given in Class Room undated
Folder 28 The Use of Water in Garden Composition undated
Folder 29 The Adaptation of Physical Beauty undated
Folder 30 The Development of a Garden Scheme undated
Folder 31 History of Gardening undated
Folder 32 Comprehensive Vision in Landscape Design undated
Folder 33 Parks and Recreation Painting for Boroughs and Townships undated
Folder 34 The Future of the Arts and Crafts Center undated
Folder 35 The Architectural Value of Paths, Background, Walls, Water, Etc. undated
Folder 36 Extracts from Charles Eliot, Landscape Architect undated
Folder 37 Pittsburgh: A Place to Live and Work undated
Folder 38 Landscape Lecture Speaking Note Cards undated
Folder 39 An Outline for the Analysis of Garden Design undated
Folder 40 Elements of Character in Landscape Design undated
Folder 41 Gardening: A Fine Art undated
Folder 42 Directions in American Painting undated
Folder 43 Notes and Extracts Relating to Versailles, Chantilly and Ermenville undated

Series IV. Reference Materials, undated

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains materials collected to facilitate Griswold’s landscape architecture designs. The majority of these materials are reference photographs of a variety of structures and architectural details, mainly of Italian and American origin. Sketches and photographs are organized into architectural form files such as balustrades, villas, and interiors, which were later used as references for his work. The reference materials retained the original order and labeling in the manner it was received. Included in this series are photographs, sketches, plans, blueprints, layouts, and articles. The majority of the reference material are undated.


Box 9
Folder 1-2 Fountains, Well Heads, and Cascades
Folder 3 Paintings
Folder 4 Arches and Colonnades
Folder 5-6 Italian Villas
Folder 7 Italian Villas and Facades
Folder 8 Villa Catena
Folder 9 Windows, Doors, and Columns
Folder 10 Courtyards and Loggia
Folder 11 Architectural Interiors
Folder 12 Bridges
Folder 13 Piazzas
Folder 14 Rubbings and Watercolors

Box 10
Folder 01-02 Measured Details of Villa Caprarola
Folder 3 Measured Details of Villa Cicogna
Folder 4 Measured Details from Frascati, Italy
Folder 5 Measured Details from Italy
Folder 6 Measured Details of Facades and Villas
Folder 7 Measured Details of Balustrades
Folder 8 Measured Details of Steps
Folder 9 Steps and Balustrades
Folder 10 Well Heads
Folder 11 Iron Railings
Folder 12 Iron Works
Folder 13 Gateways

Box 11
Folder 1 Sculpture and Vases
Folder 2 Cemeteries undate
Folder 3 Cartouches
Folder 4 Flower Shows
Folder 5 Gateways
Folder 6 General and Theses
Folder 7 General Landscape
Folder 8 Plans and Exhibit Prints
Folder 9 Edward Capps Memorial Lectern
Folder 10 E. W. Mathews Landscape
Folder 11 Fox Chapel Club Fountain
Folder 12 Albert D. Taylor Plans and Photographs
Folder 13 Albert D. Taylor Photographs
Folder 14 H.B. Higgins Photographs
Folder 15 R.A. Hunt Photographs
Folder 16 B.D. Phillips Photographs
Folder 17 J.E. Lewis Photographs
Folder 18 Julius Fleischman Garden Photographs
Folder 19 Dr. Bowman Landscape Photographs

Series V. Project Files, 1917-1976

Scope and Content Notes:

The majority of Griswold’s professional material revolve around his architectural landscape projects both in the United State and abroad. Some of these files contain documentary photographs, including many from his work on the Athenian Agora during the 1950s. Some of the highlighted works are the Agora project, the Anzio Cemetery, the Jones & Laughlin Steel Company town revitalization, and the Mellon-Scaife Botanical Garden. The items in this series span the years from 1917 to 1976. Included are plans, blueprints, layouts, drafts of articles and speeches, news clippings, professional correspondence, and information about Griswold’s projects. Projects details and dates are also mentioned in the diary entries in Series II. Additional files relating to this materials may be found in Series VII.

Subseries 1. Jones & Laughlin Steel Company Town Revitalization, 1946-1948

Scope and Content Notes:

A project of local significance to Pittsburgh was the Jones & Laughlin Steel Company town revitalization. Jones & Laughlin Steel hired Griswold for the recreation and restoration of many of its company towns throughout western and central Pennsylvania, which produced much of the coal and coke used in the production of steel. Griswold was consulted to head the revitalization project in the company towns of Vestaburgh, Richeyville, Bobtown, Blairton, and Denbo; he completed these revitalization projects between 1946 and 1947.


Box 12
Folder 1 Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation- Report on landscape and recreation improvement of company towns, 1946-1947
Folder 2 Jones & Laughlin Steel- Vestaburgh, 1946
Folder 3 Jones & Laughlin Steel- Richeyville, 1946
Folder 4 Jones & Laughlin Steel- Bobtown, 1946
Folder 5 Jones & Laughlin Steel- Blairton, 1946
Folder 6 Jones & Laughlin Steel- Denbo, 1947
Folder 7-10 Jones & Laughlin Steel, 1946-1948

Subseries 2. Anzio Cemetery Project, 1949-1955

Scope and Content Notes:

The World War II Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial, built in Italy to commemorate Americans who died during the liberation of Axis Nation Italy, was directed by the United States War Commission, which oversaw the overall design, construction, sculpture, and landscaping work necessary for the site. A wide central mall leads to the memorial, adorned with works of art and architecture, emblematic of America's reverence for the fallen war dead. Architects for the cemetery and memorial were Gugler, Kimball and Husted of New York City. Ralph Griswold was tapped by the commission to act as landscape architect; this became his first major landscaping work overseas. Griswold spent much of his time drawing plans, developing planting plans, writing and answering correspondence, and working with the War Commission in efforts to construct the memorial.

Griswold designed the entrance road to the Anzio Cemetery, lining the path with neatly-trimmed hedges. There is a large elliptical shaped reflecting pool with a small island at its center. Griswold chose to plant several Italian cypress trees which flank the stone cenotaph on the island. Evergreen holly oak trees and hedges line the wide grassy mall through the graves area from the reflecting pool to the memorial. The larger garden north of the memorial is planted with beds of polyanthus roses, geraniums, white oleander, purple bougainvillea and other flowers in parterre arrangements. The permanent cemetery and memorial were completed in 1956. The material in this subseries dates from 1949 to 1955.


Box 13
Folder 1 Anzio Cemetery, Correspondence, 1949-1955
Folder 2-6 Anzio Cemetery, Correspondence, 1950

Box 14
Folder 1 Anzio Cemetery, Plans and Blueprints, 1950-1951
Folder 2 Anzio Cemetery, Correspondence, 1951
Folder 3 Anzio Cemetery, Correspondence and Plan, 1952
Folder 4 Anzio Cemetery, Correspondence, 1953-1956
Folder 5 Anzio Cemetery, Inspection and Photographs, 1966-1968
Folder 6 Anzio Cemetery Letters, Photographs, Postcards, and News Clippings, 1952-1965

Subseries 3. Agora Material, 1950-1956

Scope and Content Notes:

The American School of Classical Studies in Athens has been a premier center for the study of Greek civilization since its inception in 1881. It has proved to be not only a center for teaching, but the heart of American excavations of antiquity in Greece, with the resulting published material forming the basis of classical study today. In 1931, the school began work on their most significant find, the ancient Greek Agora in the city of Athens. Since 3000 B.C.E., this ancient marketplace served as the confluence of Athenian economic, political, and social practices, and emerged as the physical manifestation of the famous democracy of Athens around the fifth century B.C.E. The grounds, where ancient citizens held public office and elections, would influence Western Civilization for centuries to come.

By 1957, the first archeological park in Europe was developed to showcase the work of the Agora excavation from the previous decades. The landscaping for this presentation proved to be a challenging and novel undertaking. The school director, Homer Thompson, began talks with Ralph E. Griswold in 1950 to act as supervisor of the new park. His work included not only making the park serviceable by adding benches, creating entrances, and clearing ruin, but aesthetically pleasing by adorning the surrounding hillside and park with historically and culturally relevant foliage and trees. He was responsible not only for the logistic constraints of an operation in the dry environment of Attica, but charged with conforming to stringent academic standards of recreating the ancient marketplace. Griswold also coordinated with American and Greek donations for the landscape work, budgeting and researching most of the sites' expenses. During his long involvement with the project, he developed a lasting relationship and correspondence with Homer Thompson and much of the staff of the American School of Classical Studies. The project was completed between 1950 and 1955; the park was dedicated in 1956. The material in this subseries dates form 1950 to 1956.


Box 15
Folder 1 Agora Correspondence, 1950-1955
Folder 2 Agora Photographs and Reference Drawings, 1952-1953
Folder 3 Agora Photographs, Correspondence, and Plant Lists, 1952-1967
Folder 4 Agora Preliminary Report, 1953
Folder 5 Agora Reports, 1953
Folder 6 Agora Excavation Plan, 1953
Folder 7 Agora Correspondence and Personnel Lists, 1953-1956
Folder 8 Agora Correspondence and Article Drafts, 1954
Folder 9 Agora Memorial Fountain, 1954
Folder 10 Agora Church of the Holy Apostles, 1954-1955
Folder 11 Agora Budget, 1954-1955

Box 16
Folder 1 Agora Business Agreement, 1950-1956
Folder 2 Agora Plans and Layouts, 1954-1956
Folder 3 Agora Temple of Haphaistos Label Order, 1955
Folder 4 Agora Planting, Correspondence, and Notes, 1955-1956
Folder 5 Agora Correspondence and Press Clippings, 1955-1957
Folder 6 Agora Faucets, 1956-1957
Folder 7 Agora Correspondence, 1956-1957
Folder 8 Archeological Landscape Pioneering, 1957

Box 17
Folder 1 Agora Correspondence, Maps, and Notes, 1957-1962
Folder 2 Agora Correspondence, Press, and News Clippings, 1957-1967
Folder 3 Agora Photographs, Negatives, Plans, Articles, Landscape Architecture, 1957-1967
Folder 4 Agora Correspondence, 1966
Folder 5 Agora Plant Lists, undated
Folder 6 Archeological Institute of America and Lucy Shoe Correspondence, 1953-1955

Subseries 4. Garden Club of Virginia Material, undated

Scope and Content Notes:

The Garden Club of Virginia is an active association of garden clubs responsible for many of Virginia’s historic garden restoration including Monticello. Griswold was a part of the Garden Club of Virginia Restoration Committee, and this subseries documents his relationship with committee members and relates to several club projects. The Garden Club of Virginia, much like Griswold himself, was interested in historic preservation. The garden clubs restoration projects began in 1927, however, Griswold was not involved until the late 1950s. The restoration effort in which Griswold was involved included the Mary Washington House, Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, Kent Valentine House, Woodrow Wilson House, Scotchtown, St. Johns Mews, Agecroft Hall, Morgan Mill, University of Virginia, and Christ Church of Middlesex County. Griswold was either the main landscape architect or landscape consultant on these restoration projects. He was also responsible for revitalization projects related to a chapel at Washington College in Lexington, Virginia, that had been built during Robert E. Lee’s tenure as university president.


Box 18
Folder 1 Garden Club of Virginia Correspondence, 1959-1962
Folder 2 Garden Club of Virginia Correspondence, 1962-1963
Folder 3 Garden Club of Virginia Correspondence, 1963-1966
Folder 4 Garden Club of Virginia Correspondence, 1964-1965
Folder 5 Garden Club of Virginia Correspondence, 1965-1966
Folder 6 Garden Club of Virginia Dedication Programs, 1973-1976
Folder 7 Garden Club of Virginia Correspondence, 1974-1976
Folder 8 Garden Club of Virginia, Rolfe-Warren Plantation, 1976

Subseries 5. Mellon-Scaife Botanical Garden, 1966-1967

Scope and Content Notes:

The restoration of the main garden in Mellon Park is found in the Pittsburgh Point Breeze neighborhood. This garden was developed as a memorial to Mrs. Sarah Mellon Scaife. To memorialize Mrs. Scaife, Griswold designed, developed, and participated in the rededication of an outdoor botanical garden. The botanical garden was developed to serve not only as a memorial, but as a source of study for botanical students, landscape professionals, and amateur gardeners alike. This garden promoted both the scientific and aesthetic understanding required to create botanical gardens. Griswold worked on this project from 1966 to 1969.

Folder 9 Mellon-Scaife Botanical Garden, 1966-1967

Subseries 6. General Projects, 1924-1976

Scope and Content Notes:

The subseries contains material relating to Griswold’s architectural landscape projects and his professional life. Some of these files contain documentary photographs, correspondence, and both architectural and business plans. Griswold worked on many residential and public landscape projects. Projects in this subseries are arranged in chronological and title order. Material in this subseries date from 1924 through 1976


Box 19
Folder 1 Landscape Architecture Bibliographies, 1924
Folder 2 Christmas Cards, Programs, and Invitations, 1924-1952
Folder 3 Magazine Article Draft, 1927
Folder 4 J.W. Lawrence Contracts, Bids, and Speculations, 1928-1930
Folder 5-6 J.W. Lawrence Plans, 1929-1931
Folder 7 J.W. Lawrence Correspondence, 1929-1931
Folder 8 J.W. Lawrence Estimates and Computations, 1929-1931
Folder 9 J.W. Lawrence Bills, Acknowledgements, and Plant Materials, 1929-1931

Box 20
Folder 1 Physicians’ Building, 1929-1930
Folder 2 Physicians’ Building, 1929-1931
Folder 3 J.J. Thompson: Estimates and Computations, 1929-1931
Folder 4 J.J. Thompson: Orders, Acknowledgements, and Bills, 1930
Folder 5 J.J. Thompson: Plant Lists, 1930
Folder 6 J.J. Thompson: Contact, Bids, Specifications, 1930-1931
Folder 7 J.J. Thompson: Correspondence, 1930-1933
Folder 8 Fox Chapel Golf Club, 1930
Folder 9 West Virginia University, 1930
Folder 10 John B. Semple, 1930
Folder 11 John B. Semple, 1931
Folder 12-14 John B. Semple, 1931-1932
Folder 15 R.F. Moreland: Contacts, Bids, Speculations, 1930
Folder 16 R.F. Moreland: Statement, 1930
Folder 17 R.F. Moreland: Plan, 1930
Folder 18 R.F. Moreland: Correspondence, 1930-1931

Box 21
Folder 1 University of Pittsburgh, Falk Clinic, 1930-1931
Folder 2 University of Pittsburgh, Falk Clinic, 1930-1933
Folder 3 Frank Semple, Jr., 1930-1931
Folder 4 Sewickley Memorial, 1930-1933
Folder 5 Twentieth Century Club, 1930-1933
Folder 6-7 Rolling Rock Farms Plant Orders, Bills, and Receipts, 1930-1932
Folder 8 Rolling Rock Farms Work Summaries, Planting Lists, and Planting Records, 1930-1933
Folder 9 Rolling Rock Club, 1930-1932
Folder 10 Pennsylvania College for Women, 1931
Folder 11-12 Pennsylvania College for Women, 1931-1932
Folder 13 Pennsylvania College for Women, 1931-1934
Folder 14 Pennsylvania College for Women, Athletic Field, 1931-1951

Box 22
Folder 1 Howard K. Walter, 1931
Folder 2 Mrs. R.J. Magee, 1931-1932
Folder 3 Frank Semple: Correspondence, 1931-1933
Folder 4 Frank Semple: Estimates, Computations and Blueprint, 1931-1933
Folder 5 John M. Rice Consultation Receipt, 1932
Folder 6 Robert Woods Bliss Blueprint, 1932
Folder 7 Dr. F. Sonneborn and W. H. Daugherty, Sr., 1932
Folder 8 George Flinn, 1932
Folder 9 S.B. Linhart, 1932
Folder 10 Mrs. A. Rex Flinn, 1932-1933
Folder 11 Garden Dictionary Entries, 1933-1934
Folder 12 Garden Dictionary Entries, 1934-1935
Folder 13-14 W. J. Sloane Exhibition Garden, 1933
Folder 15 Greater Pittsburgh Parks Association Correspondence, 1933-1940
Folder 16 Chatham Village News, 1934-1939

Box 23
Folder 1 Rosenwald: Kraeger, Tree Inventory, 1937
Folder 2 Rosenwald: Kraeger, Approved Bills, 1937-1939
Folder 3 Rosenwald: Grunsfeld, 1937-1939
Folder 4 Rosenwald: Kraeger, 1937-1938
Folder 5 Rosenwald: Sprinkler System, 1938
Folder 6 Rosenwald: Professional Service Agreements, 1938-1940
Folder 7-8 Rosenwald: Cornell, 1938-1939
Folder 8 Rosenwald: Fleisher, 1938-1940
Folder 10 Rosenwald: Leopold, 1938-1940
Folder 11 Rosenwald: Calculations, 1938-1940
Folder 12 Rosenwald: Professional Statement, 1938-1942

Box 24
Folder 1 Lilian von Bonin, 1938
Folder 2 W.L. Mellon, 1938-1939
Folder 3 Charles J. Rosenbloom, 1938-1939
Folder 4 W.L. Standish, 1938-1939
Folder 5 Singleton Paul, 1938-1940
Folder 6 J.D. Berg, 1938-1940
Folder 7 City of Pittsburgh Correspondence, 1938-1945
Folder 8 Charles M. Stotz, 1938-1948
Folder 9 Howard Walters, 1939
Folder 10-11 Andover Terrace Building Project, 1939
Folder 12-15 Alfred K. Stern, 1939-1940
Folder 16 H.C. McEldowney, 1939-1940
Folder 17 Joe Speidel, 1939-1940
Folder 18 George R. Gibbons, 1939-1940

Box 25
Folder 1 Nelson Wagner, 1939-1941
Folder 2 Windsor and Hartsgrove Properties, 1939-1942
Folder 3 Pittsburgh, 1940
Folder 4 Humphrey Morris: Presbyterian and Womens’ Hospital, 1940
Folder 5 Frederick Faris and Neil Stifel, 1940
Folder 6 C.F. Du Puy, 1940-1941
Folder 7 David M. Levy, 1941
Folder 8 Defense Housing: Clairton, Morgantown, Shaler, and Moon Townships, 1941-1942
Folder 9 William M. Robinson, 1941-1946
Folder 10 Housing Authority Reports, 1943-1945
Folder 11 J.S. Lanahan, 1944
Folder 12 Point Breeze Park Plans and Correspondence, 1944
Folder 13 American Commission for Living War Memorials, 1944-1945
Folder 14 American Commission for Living War Memorials, 1945

Box 26
Folder 1 Drake Park, 1944-1947
Folder 2 Resignation from City Parks, Baltimore City Service Exam, 1945-1946
Folder 3 Mrs. John Frazer, 1945-1946
Folder 4-7 Pennsylvania State Parks, 1945-1946

Box 27
Folder 1 Bellevue Park Abandoned Site, 1946
Folder 2 Lockhart, Statement, and Correspondence, 1946-1948
Folder 3 Kay Boys Club, 1947
Folder 4 Babcock-Lott Enterprises, 1947-1948
Folder 5 Veterans’ Hospital Open Air Theater and Band Stand, 1947-1949
Folder 6 Pittsburgh Plate Glass, 1948
Folder 7 Allegheny Conference Recreation Report, 1948-1950
Folder 8 Pittsburgh Zoological Society Correspondence, 1949
Folder 9 Drake Well Park and Titusville Garden Club, 1949
Folder 10 James A. Bell and Westminster Place, 1949
Folder 11 John C. Conte: Valmar Garden, 1949
Folder 12 Employee Applications, 1950-1955
Folder 13 R.F. Moreland, 1951
Folder 14 Printing Orders, Griswold and Renner Correspondence, 1951-1956
Folder 15 Charles Morgan Correspondence, 1952-1956
Folder 16 Calvin Wells, 1949
Folder 17 Ben Fairless, 1945

Box 28
Folder 1 Ward M. Canady Correspondence, 1954-1955
Folder 2 Stuart Thompson Correspondence, 1954-1955
Folder 3 Peat Moss Correspondence, 1954-1955
Folder 4 Requests for Publication, Photographs of Pittsburgh, 1955-1956
Folder 5 Speaking Engagement Correspondence, 1955-1956
Folder 6 Correspondence, 1955-1956
Folder 7-8 Henry Ford II Estate, 1956
Folder 9 Leland Hazard, 1956-1957
Folder 10 Pennsbury Manor Articles, Plans, Correspondence, and Landscape Study, 1957-1970

Box 29
Folder 1 Pennsbury Manor Plot Plan and General Information, 1962
Folder 2 Pennsbury Manor Estimates and Contracts, 1968-1970
Folder 3-4 Dumbarton Oaks, 1959-1967
Folder 5 Kaufmann's Mount Lebanon Landscape Studies, 1961
Folder 6 Williamsburg Symposium, 1958-1959
Folder 7 Colonial Williamsburg Correspondence, 1959-1961
Folder 8 Colonial Williamsburg Correspondence, 1961-1962
Folder 9 Colonial Williamsburg Correspondence, 1963-1964
Folder 10 Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum Correspondence, 1961-1962

Box 30
Folder 1-3 Williamsburg: An Eighteenth-Century Garden City, Draft, 1962
Folder 4-5 Williamsburg: An Eighteenth-Century Garden City, Second Draft, 1962
Folder 6 Work Portfolio, 1963
Folder 7 Allegheny Country Club Plans, 1964
Folder 8 Westover Garden Rehabilitation Proposal and Correspondence, 1964-1965
Folder 9 Allegheny Park Common Grounds Plan, 1965
Folder 10 Thomas Robinson Memorial Gate, 1968-1969

Box 31
Folder 1 Point State Park Correspondence, Photographs, and News Clippings, 1968-1969
Folder 2 Point State Park Correspondence and Photographs, 1969-1973
Folder 3 Miscellaneous Dormant Projects, 1968-1970
Folder 4 Robert E. Lee Foundation, 1968-1970
Folder 5 Gunston Hall Correspondence and Photographs, 1968-1970
Folder 6 Leslie Cheek Jr. Correspondence, 1968-1970
Folder 7 Leslie Cheek Jr. Finances and Sketches, 1969-1970
Folder 8 Leslie Cheek Jr. Specs and Bids, 1970
Folder 9 Leslie Cheek Jr. Correspondence, 1970-1975

Box 32
Folder 1 Neill Log House Restoration Correspondence and Photographs, 1968-1971
Folder 2 University of Virginia, 1968-1976
Folder 3 Carll Tucker Jr. Tree Replacement, 1969
Folder 4 Rock Ford, 1969-1971
Folder 5-7 Stone Mountain, 1969-1971
Folder 8 Winfred T. Grenfel, 1970-1973
Folder 9 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, 1972-1974

Box 33
Folder 1 Caleb Pusey House Correspondence and Photographs, 1972-1975
Folder 2 George M. Modlin, 1973-1974
Folder 3 Prince George Street, 1973-1974
Folder 4 Blandford Cemetery, 1973-1974
Folder 5 Leland Hazard Peppercorn, 1973-1975
Folder 6 Richmond Capital Grounds, 1973-1975
Folder 7 Hugh Patterson, 1974
Folder 8 Joseph Sellinger, 1974
Folder 9 Mrs. Lothrop Reed, 1974
Folder 10 St. Thomas Church in Orange, Virginia, 1974
Folder 11 American Horticultural Society: Riverview Farm, 1974
Folder 12 Robert A. Bristow, 1974-1975
Folder 13 Woodrow Wilson Birthplace, 1974-1975
Folder 14 Kenmore, 1974-1975
Folder 15 N. David Kjellstrom, 1975
Folder 16 Farnham Church, 1975
Folder 17 Wildflower Refuge at the College of William and Mary, 1976
Folder 18 Frick Fiasco, 1976
Folder 19 Whittle House, 1976

Series VI. Media Material, undated

Scope and Content Notes:

Griswold used an abundance of media material in his research, planning, and eventually to highlight his completed landscapes. Griswold collected this material throughout his career both at home and abroad. There is evidence that some of the slides were used for conferences and educational lectures given by Griswold. This series contains sketches, architectural drawings and prints, postcards, photographs, 35mm slides, and negatives collected by Griswold. The photographs and negatives are presumed to be taken by Griswold and arranged using his original decimal system order. The images correspond to lectures, projects, conferences, and general reference of landscape architecture elements. Many of the images document Griswold’s own completed landscape projects throughout his career. The print and photographic materials (Boxes 34-46) are now located in the media storage room for preservation purposes. Additional files relating to this material may be found in Series V.

Subseries 1. Photographs, undated

Scope and Content Notes:

The photographs in this series are organized in Griswold’s original decimal order from .000 to .121, and not all numbers are present in the collection. The photos initially had corresponding nitrate negatives affixed to the back of prints; the majority of the photos are undated. Additional files relating to this material may be found in Series V.

Box 34 .000 Rome
.001 V. Abamalek
.002 V. Albani
.004 V. Aurelia
.005 V. Borghese
.006 Bosco Parrasio
.007 V. Chigi
.008 V. Colonna
.009 V. Corsini
.010 V. Doria Pamphily
.011 V. Madama
.012 V. Medici
.013 V. Papa Giulio
.014 V. Sciarra
.015 Viterbo
.016 V. Caprarola
.017 Soriano
.018 V. Lante
.020 V. Mondragone
.023 V. Torlonia
.024 V. Aldo Brandini
.025 V. Lanceolotti
.026 Castel Gondolfo
.027 Papal Palace
.028 V. Barberini
.030 V. Adriano
.031 V. D'Este
.032 Florence
.033 V. Palmieri
.034 V. Salviati
.035 V. Belriposo
.036 V. Medici
Box 35 .037 V. Stibbert
.038 V. Gamberaia
.039 V. Corsi-Salviati
.040 V. Corsini
.042 V. Reale di Petra-ja
.043 V. Quarto
.044 V. La Pietra
.045 V. Poggia Imperiali
.046 V. Campi (Signa)
.047 V Colazzi
.048 Pal. Riccardi
.050 Boboli Gardens
.051 Sienna Gen'l
.052 V. Cetinale
.053 V. Segardi
.054 V. Chelsa
.055 V. Vicobella
.056 Lucca
.057 V. Torrigiana
.058 V. Bernardini
.059 V. Marlia
.060 V. Mansi
.061 V. Varcello
.063 V. Collodi
.064 Bologna Gen'l
.065 Parma Gen'l
.066 Padua
.067 Genoa
.068 Pal Doria
.069 V. Scassi
.071 V. Cicogna
.072 Varese
.073 Public Gardens, Genoa
.074 Lago Maggiore
.075 Isola Bella
Box 36 .076 Como
.077 V. Crespi
.078 V. D'Este Como
.079 V. Carlotta
.080 V. Balbianello
.081 Pal Giovio
.082 Bellagio
.083 Venice
.084 Palladio Rotunda
.085 V. Valmarana
.086 Pal Dalla Ore Quirini
.087 Verona
.088 V. Cuzzano
.089 Stra-Brenta Canal
.090 Naples
.092 V. Caserta
.093 Roman Campagnia
.094 V. Borghese
.094S V. Opposite Borghese
.095 V. Passerini
.096 V. Giacomelli
.097 AM Academy
.098 Tabularium
.099 Campidoglio
.100 Miscellaneous
.101 Palermo
.102 Taormina
.103 Pal. Barberini
.104 V. Doria Dalle Rose
.105 V. Pliana
.106 Certosa di Pavia
.107 Arrezzo
.108 San Gimingnano
.109 Bergamo
.110 Volterra
.111 Segesta
.112 Pensione Cervieri Como
.113 Perugia Gen'l
.114 Vatican Garden
.115 Knights of Malta
.117 V. Catena
.118 Urbino Gen'l
.119 Ravenna
.119 V. Gori
.120 Pistoia Gen'l
.121 Prato Gen'l
Mounted landscape photographs
Box 37 V. Aurelia
V. Sciara
Academy in Rome
Graniculum Park
State Park
State Park 35 mm Negatives
Mandel Photographs
Edison Dick Photographs
WL Mellon Photographs
Rosenwald Photographs
Cyrus McCormick Photographs
Ascoli Photographs
Burgettstown Swimming Pool Photographs
Lake Forest Flower Show
St. L Coal towns photographs
Miscellaneous England Photographs
Greece Photographs
230 BD Phillips
233 JE Lewis
237 JW Lawrence
253 HB Higgins
254 FC Schroederer
256 CH Mathews, Jr.
275 Frank Semple
279 Roy A Hunt
286 JG Frazier
291 Rolling Rock Club
350 JM Schoonmaker
506 Fox Chapel Club
510 Mrs. Simon Patterson
520 Calvin Wells
535 Cyrus McCormick
536 Buhl Foundation
538 Edison Dick
539 RE Clemson
541 Robert Mandel
Mrs. Adler
Mrs. Walter Brewster
J & L Steel
Miscellaneous postcards
Monticello postcards 1925
Mount Vernon Ladies Association postcards

Subseries 2. Negatives, undated

Scope and Content Notes:

The negatives in this series are organized in Griswold's original decimal order from .000 to .121 and the correspond to the prints in the Photographs Subseries; these are then followed by miscellaneous unidentified negatives. The Corresponding print negatives are 3x5 nitrate negatives that were originally affixed to the back of prints and are located in Boxes 38 and 39. Box 40 contains 8x10 glass plate negatives of models of Caprarolo, Griswold workspace, and plan of Cicogna. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series V. The majority of these negatives are undated.

Box 38 Rome .000 to.121Prato Gent’l (corresponding photo negatives)
Miscellaneous unnumbered collections negatives
Rome-Villa Aurelia, Villa Sciara, Academy in Rome, Graniculum Park
Mandel
Montacute
Edison Dick
State Park
W.L. Mellon
Rosenwald
Cyrus McCormick
Ascoli
Burgettstown swimming pool
Compton Wingate
Canons Ashby
St. L Vestaburg
Lake Forest Flower Show
St. L Coal towns
Miscellaneous English
Miscellaneous Unidentified
Academia Americana, 6 glass plate negatives, 5 unidentified undated
Box 39 Tram with Driver and Promotional Banner, Panama Pacific Int'l Exhibition, 1915
Street with People, Tram, Panama Pacific Int'l Exhibition, 1915
Palace Of Machinery, Panama Pacific Int'l Exhibition, 1915
Palace Of Education, Panama Pacific Int'l Exhibition, 1915
Palace Of Education, Full View, Panama Pacific Int'l Exhibition, 1915
Fountain, Panama Pacific Int'l Exhibition, 1915
California State Building, Panama Pacific Int’l Exhibition, 1915
Palm Lined Path, Panama Pacific Int’l Exhibition, 1915
Kiosk, Panama Pacific Int’l Exhibition, 1915
Structure Panama Pacific Int'l Exhibition, 1915
Corinthian Column Structure, Panama Pacific Int'l Exhibition, 1915
Corinthian Column Structure, Panama Pacific Int'l Exhibition, 1915
Corinthian Column Arcade with Many People (Palace Of Fine Arts) Panama Pacific Int'l Exhibition, 1915
Large Building and Plaza with People
Corinthian Columns and Figure
Corinthian Column Structure (Palace Of Fine Arts) Panama Pacific Int'l Exhibition, 1915
Garden with Male in Background
Fountain, Statue and Building
Corinthian Column Arcade with Many People (Palace Of Fine Arts) Panama Pacific Int'l Exhibition 1915, undated
Unidentified Tower
Road, Tower, Rotunda, and Arch
Large Structure with Automobiles, Panama Pacific Int’l Exhibition, 1915
Arches with People
Fountain with Statues
Topiary Being Exploited for Group Photograph
Path through Foliage with Illustrated Detail
Geologically Unique Landscape with Horses
Garden with Topiary
Mountainous, Forested Landscape
Landscape with House
Courtyard
Road Leading to Gate
Italian Fountain with Statues
Forest with Tipi
Garden
Landscape
Courtyard and Veranda
Circular Fountain
Fountain
Fountain
Landscape
Landscape with Field, Buildings, and Hills
Forest Landscape
Lake
Hedge Lined Row with Human in Background
Rocky Landscape with Waterfall
Forest Landscape with Path
Path to House with Male Figure
Mountain Landscape
Stone Edifice with Female and Animal in Foreground
Marsh with Waterfowl
Path
Arbor
Terrace with Male Figure
Garden
230 B.D.Phillips
237J.W. Lawrence
253 H.B. Higgins
256 C.H. Mathews, Jr.
275 Frank Semple
279 Roy A. Hunt
286 J.G. Frazier
29 Rolling Rock Club
350 J.M. Schoonmaker
Fox Chapel Club 500
510 Mrs. Simon Patterson
520 Calvin Wells
535 Cyrus McCormick
536 Suhl Foundation
538 Dick Edison
539 R. E.Clemson
541 Robert Mandel
Mrs. Adler
Mrs. WaltersBrewster
Miscellaneous negatives
Box 40 Model of Caprarolo 1, undated
Model of Caprarolo 2, undated
Model of Caprarolo 3, undated
Mozzoni Cicogna, undated
Griswold Workspace 1, undated
Griswold Workspace 2, undated
Plan of Cicogna 1, undated
Plan of Cicogna 2, undated

Subseries 3. Slides, undated

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries features an assortment of slides both lantern and 35mm in size. These slide images include completed Griswold projects, landscape pictures of Italian villas, gardens, and facades, and anecdotal humor etched onto glass plates for comic relief at presentations. The slides depict European landscapes from the earliest part of Griswold's career. The lantern slides display evidence of at least two original but conflicting numbering schemes, neither of which has been interpreted at this time. The majority of the slides are of unidentified structures or landscapes with unknown dates. When further identification was written on or noted in the slide, archivists noted this in the description. Boxes 41-45 contain lantern slides while box 46 contains 35 mm slides. Additional files relating to this material may be found in Series V.

Box 41 General Plan of Villa Medici at Rome showing garden and immediate surroundings,
Estate Illustration
House
Path
House Layout
General Layout of Villa Gamberaia
Layout
Villa Landscape
Plan of the Villa Lante of Bagnaia
Building
"The Workhouse"
Series of Steps
Path
Layout Illustration
Layout
General Layout of Villa Caprarola; the Casino and Upper Garden
Layout Illustration
Layout
Layout
Six Male Individuals
Staircase
Model George B Robinson; Clarence Fowler-landscape architect
Res. J. Lakin Baldridge; Ithaca, NY
The Cutting Garden; George B Robinson; Clarence Fowler-Landscape Architect
The Narrow Grass Panel; George B. Robinson; Clarence Fowler-Landscape Architect
Res. J. Lakin Baldridge; Ithaca NY
Plan 1932
Box 42 FF Brewster ESQ. Dublin, NH Gardens at "Morelands"
Res. J. Lakin Baldridge: Ithaca, NY
Res. J. Lakin Baldridge: Ithaca, NY
Res. J. Lakin Baldridge: Ithaca, NY
Villa Catena, the Country Seat of the Dukes of Poli. Illustration
General Layout
Mr. HB Higgins; Sewickley PA-Aerial View
Italian Estate
Temple Illustration
The villa Cicogna at Bisuschio General Layout
Service Court George B. Robinson; Clarence Fowler Landscape Architect
Frederick F Brewster, ESQ; Dublin, NH General Plan of the Gardens
Frederick F Brewster, ESQ; Dublin NH "The Flower Garden"
Frederick F Brewster, ESQ; Dublin NH "The Central Path"
Frederick F Brewster, ESQ; Dublin NH "The Lower Terrace"
Frederick F Brewster, ESQ; Dublin NH "The Rock Garden"
Frederick F Brewster, ESQ; Dublin NH "The French Garden"
Frederick F Brewster, ESQ; Dublin NH "The Heliotrope Garden"
Frederick F Brewster, ESQ; Dublin NH "General View of the House and Grounds From the South"
Cityscape, Italy
Arch/Statue, Italy
House, Italy
House, Italy
Forested Road
House Façade, Italy
House, Italy
The Villa Catena Layout
Figure from Cutting Garden; George B. Robinson; Clarence Fowler-Landscape Architect
Box 43 Dock with Steps, Statue, and Tower
Dock
Estate Facing Body of Water
Path
Villa
Landscape
Illustration of Villa
Gate
Gate with Sitting Man
Path
Veranda
Path to Unidentified Villa with Two Unidentified Males
Unidentified Villa
Walls of Unidentified Villa with Sitting Man
Villa Torlonia Gates
Phillips, Buller, Griswold Courtyard
RA Hunt Courtyard and Fountain
Courtyard
House
"Five Star Finale" Donkey Etching (Cracked)
"Hello Everybody" Cow Etching
"That Faraway Look…"Amusing Anecdote with Sailor Etchin
"The Crime of Slime and Bottles Empty of Beer" Amusing Pollution Anecdote with Fish and Bottle Etching
"When it’s Spring-time in the Rockies: Planting Cowslips" with Gardening Cowboy Etching
"Original Garden Club" with Caveperson Etching
Box 44 Building with Facade and Arch
Courtyard
Estate
Villa and Courtyard
Villa/Estate
MC Coffin, 5 Ed. F Hutton: "Magnolia Walk"
Villa Gamberaia at Settignano
Garden Landscape: "At This Rate We're Knot Getting Anywhere"
Terrace Maze with Statues
Fountain and Steps
General Layout
Building
General Layout
Sketch Plan of Villa Balbianella Lago di Como, 1921
Model of Villa
Fountain
The Villa Mozzoni-Cicogna at Bisuschio-Layout
Estate on a Peninsula Overlooking Water
Courtyard Landscape
Path Flanked by Retaining Wall
Tree Lined Path
Path
Fountain, undated
Landscape
"Mo' Workhouse" Photograph of Workspace Room
House
House
Box 45 Courtyard and Fountain
Courtyard
Archway
Higgins/Griswold Unidentified Wall and Yard
Higgins/Griswold Garden and Fountain
Garden
House
Fountain
Courtyard with Fountain
House
Courtyard with Man
Path
Fountain with Profile of Estate
Fountain
Fountain
Veranda with Statue
Rock
Courtyard
Fountain
Villa
Villa
Model of Villa
Statue Overlooking Terrace
Façade of Villa with Steps and Fountain
Fountain and Steps
Front View of Villa Including Fountain and Steps
Fountain
Side Profile of Villa

Box 46
Folder 1 Mary Washington House
Folder 2 Christ Church
Folder 3 Monticello
Folder 4 University of Virginia - Observatory Hill Dining Hall
Folder 5 Scotchtown- Photographs
Folder 6 Millwood Homes
Folder 7 Burwell - Morgan Mill
Folder 8 Agecroft
Folder 9 Agecroft Negative
Folder 10 Woodrow Wilson
Folder 11 Stratford
Folder 12 St. Johns Mews
Folder 13 Griswold
Folder 14 Kent Valentine House

Series IV. Blueprints and Oversized Rolled Material, 1930-1988

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains blueprints and photostats of projects in which Griswold and his firm took part. Many of the blueprints contain handwritten revisions that reflect the intellectual progression of the projects. Much of the material in this series directly corresponds to items in Series V that documents specific projects. The plans and prints are oversized rolled materials stored in tube containers. The materials in this series date from 1930 through 1985. Additional files relating to this material may be found in Series V.

*Note* The following are rolled materials placed in Tube Container Boxes.

Tube Box 47 Agora landscape blueprint, undated

The American School of Classical Studies in Athens began its excavation of the ancient Greek Agora in 1931. Since 3000 B.C.E., this ancient marketplace served as the confluence of Athenian economic, political, and social practices, and emerged as the physical manifestation of the famous democracy of Athens around the fifth century B.C.E.

By 1957, the first archeological park in Europe was developed to showcase the work of the Agora excavation from the previous decades. The landscaping for this presentation proved to be a challenging and novel undertaking, and the school began talks with Ralph E. Griswold in 1950 to act as supervisor of the new park. His work included not only making the park serviceable by adding benches, creating entrances, and clearing ruin, but aesthetically pleasing by adorning the surrounding hillside and park with historically and culturally relevant foliage and trees. He was responsible not only for the logistic constraints of an operation in the dry environment of Attica, but charged with conforming to stringent academic standards of recreating the ancient marketplace. The project was completed between 1950 to 1955 and the park dedicated in 1956. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series V.

Tube Box 48-49 Semple, Way and McLean III, 1930-1933

Frank Semple Jr. garden project consisted of four plans for a gate and tool house, fence and bluster, as well as a sketch for a costume front door. The Semple project was large and was not completed until 1933. For the Robert McLean III, Griswold designed a Japanese Garden complete with moon garden. The private garden of the John Way Estate included a general landscape and planting plan. This subseries contains eighteen blueprints and plans related to a few private Pittsburgh residences. These projects were all completed in 1930 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Tube Box 50 Agecroft, 1986-1988

The Agecroft material contains drawings and schematic renderings used by Griswold in reference to Agecroft Hall, a recreated Tudor estate in Richmond, Virginia. Agecroft Hall was bought and reassembled from an original fifteenth century English manor by Richard C. Williams in 1925, and now serves as a museum, showcasing the lives of English gentry spanning several centuries. Most of the Agecroft material is supplemental layout material of the museum to assist Griswold in his landscaping work around the estate from 1987 to 1988. This series contains three pencil drawings and twenty-four schematics created by Griswold's firm GWSM, Inc. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series VI.

Tube Box 51 University of Virginia, 1970-1973, 1983

The Garden Club of Virginia has sponsored the restoration the many of University of Virginia's historic gardens. Griswold, in conjunction with Garden Club of Virginia, conducted a landscape study and restoration of the University of Virginia’s South Lawn, Rotunda walkways, and many small pathways throughout the campus. This subseries contains a general layout, two blueprints of the South Lawn study, an existing and revised path blueprint along with two Rotunda walkway and planting plans. Also included is a blueprint of the Garden Club of Virginia’s proposed garden restorations for the University of Virginia. The garden projects date from early studies in 1970 and completed plans from July 1973.

Griswold also worked on the 1983 construction of a replacement of the Observatory Hill Dining Hall landscape surrounding the new construction. The Observatory Hill Dining Hall serves as the primary board facility for first year students at the University of Virginia. The project contains twenty-three blueprints, including master plans and alterations, estimates, and site plans. General notes and information, as well as topographic maps are also included. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series V and VI.

Tube Box 52 Mellon Scaife Botanical Gardens, 1966-1969

Griswold designed, developed, and participated in the restoration and rededication of Mellon Park’s outdoor botanical garden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to memorialize Mrs. Sarah Mellon Scaife. The botanical garden was developed to serve not only as a memorial, but as a source of study for botanical students, landscape professionals, and amateur gardeners alike. This garden promoted both the scientific and aesthetic understanding required to create botanical gardens. Included in this subseries is a diagramic sketch for the conversion of Mellon Park into Mellon-Scaife Botanical Garden and a site plan. Griswold worked on this project from 1966 to 1969. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series V.

Tube Box 53 State Parks, 1946

This four item subseries refers to various state park projects Griswold worked on in 1946, including drawings of Pine Creek Canyon State Park, Keystone Lake Park, Cook Forest Park, and Raccoon Creek Park. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series IV.

Tube Box 54 Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1984-1985

Constructed in 1961, the Willis E. Pratt Hall was originally built to serve as the student union building for Indiana State College. In 1985 when the college officially became a university (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) a new student union was constructed and named after Trevor S. Hadley. Griswold was contacted to develop planting and site plans for the student union renovations and expansion of the Hadley Union Building. This subseries includes nineteen blueprints and plan materials of the Pratt Hall layout, hall parking, topography, grading and electrical plans, as well as general plans and planting plans. The Pratt Hall and Hadley Union Building renovations, expansion, and landscape projects were completed in 1985.

Tube Box 55 Saint John’s Mews, 1965

St. John’s Mews is located west of historic St. John’s Episcopal Church in the cobblestone alley between Broad and Grace streets in Richmond, Virginia. This is a community garden in the heart of the restored area of Church Hill. The Mews was created in 1965 as a community garden through the collaboration of the Historic Richmond Foundation and the Garden Club of Virginia. Griswold was the lead landscape architect working in conjunction with the Garden Club of Virginia to construct this garden area. Griswold developed a exploratory garden study, construction details, and planting plans for this project. Griswold also came up with the plans for the trellis, Mews plaque, cast iron ornament, and Carrington square. There are fourteen of Griswold’s plans and sketches relating to the 1965 construction of Saint John’s Mews in this subseries.

Tube Box 56 Washington, DC. Area Landscapes, 1944

In 1944, Griswold involved himself with several private residencies in Washington D.C., including the local restoration of the historic garden found in the Church of Holy Comforter. The Church of the Holy Comforter, R.A. Hunt Garden, H.B. Higgins Garden, and B.D. Phillips Garden are projects that have corresponding blueprints. This subseries contains seven items, primarily blueprints but also development plans for the church, Church of Holy Comforter Record Linens, and site plans and layouts for the private residences of R.A. Hunt, H.B. Higgins, and B.D. Phillips. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series III, IV and V.

Tube Box 57 Mary Washington Gardens, 1968

In 1968, Griswold was involved with the Garden Club of Virginia's efforts to restore the gardens at the Mary Washington House in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This subseries consists of Griswold's plans for this rehabilitation. The plans, found on both paper and vellum, include a general layout of the gardens and various planting plans for the restoration. Also included are details for parts of the house, specifically the privy and well house. These plans date from September to November 1968. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series VI.

Tube Box 58 Stone-Tolan Rochester Land, 1968

This subseries consists of architectural and archeological plans for the Stone-Tolan House in Rochester, New York. The plans date from September 1968 to September 1972 and consist of general layouts of the property and archeological plans. The layouts and plans are found on paper and vellum and were written in pencil and pen.

Tube Box 59 Hope Lodge, 1969-1970

Hope Lodge, originally named Whitemarsh Estate located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, was built between 1743 and 1748 by Samuel Morris, a prosperous Quaker entrepreneur. Hope Lodge is the only house museum in Pennsylvania devoted to recreating two distinct periods, Colonial and Colonial Revival Style. Griswold’s contribution to the historic Hope Lodge was working on the restoration of the house’s Colonial Revival gardens. Included in this collection are nine landscape development plans as well as plans for an orchard kitchen garden, plants, arbor, and gate details. Griswold worked on this project from 1969 to 1970 and produced fourteen plans for the garden revitalization.

Tube Box 60 Caprarola engraving Photostats, undated

Caprarola is a city in the province of Viterbo in central Italy. The city is recognized for its large Renaissance villas which dot the surrounding landscape. Two of the four engravings are of the Farnese Palace in Caprarola, a rural residence of Alessandro II Farnese, cardinal and nephew of Pope Paul III and the Farnense family. The other two Caprarola villa engravings are unidentified. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series III, IV and V.

Tube Box 61 The Frick Collection, 1975

The Frick Collection is an elegant museum housed in Henry Clay Frick's former mansion at 1 East 70th Street in New York City. The collection of works from the Renaissance through the late nineteenth century is housed in the former residence of Frick, the Pittsburgh coke and steel industrialist. The building, erected in 1913-1914, was designed by the American architect Thomas Hastings in a style reminiscent of European domestic architecture of the eighteenth century. Griswold was involved in the 1975 revitalization of the European traditional style garden to coincide with the architecture of the house. Included in this subseries are two planting plans for the garden and two site plans of the house. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series V.

Tube Box 62 Sarachane, 1967

Sarachane Archeological Park is located in Istanbul, Turkey, part of the fascinating historic district that includes the most ancient remains of a city occupied by Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Turkish peoples. Griswold landscaped the gardens that adorned the important park that hosts such famous landmarks as the Valens Aqueduct, one of the largest water systems developed in antiquity to provide sustenance to the denizens of Constantinople.

Tube Box 63 Scotchtown, 1971

Griswold and the Garden Club of Virginia were responsible for the landscape restoration of Scotchtown, the historic property of American Revolutionary Patrick Henry. This subseries contains eleven items, mainly drawings but also layout copies pertaining to the site, including studies of the recreated smokehouse and other structures that were built for the project in 1970.

Tube Box 64 Woodrow Wilson Birthplace, 1974-1975

Griswold added a brick terrace to the manse of the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace located in Staunton, Virginia. This subseries contains plans related to this project dating from 1967 to 1968. The project was completed in 1968. This subseries contains three plans written in pencil on vellum paper.

Tube Box 65 Kent Valentine House/ Garden Club of Virginia, 1971-1973

A frequent partner of Griswold in landscape preservation, The Garden Club of Virginia worked on several historic restorations throughout the state, including their own headquarters in Richmond. This nine item subseries contains drawings and schematics of the Kent Valentine House from 1971 to 1973, when Griswold assisted the club in landscaping around the site headquarters. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series V.

Tube Box 66 Caprarola Elevation Sketch, undated

The subseries contains one pencil sketch of an unidentified Caprarola villa with plants and garden construction plans included. The sketch is drawn to 1/ 16 scale. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series III, IV and V.

Tube Box 67 Swedish Prints, undated

Rosersberg Palace is one of the Royal Palaces of Sweden. The Oxenstierna family built the palace in the 1630s. It became a royal palace in 1762, when the state gave Rosersberg to Gustav III's younger brother Karl XIII. The place was well known for its endless park and surrounding landscapes. Griswold collected four Swedish engravings which are included in this subseries. Three are of the Rosersberg palace and surrounding garden and the fourth is of Skara Cathedral, a church in the Swedish city of Skara. This print also depicts a portion of the city of Skara in 1703. The engraver of these prints was Willem Swidde, who based his designs on the artist Erik Dahlbergh design.

Tube Box 68-69 Anzio Cemetery, 1950-1956

The World War II Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial, built in Italy to commemorate Americans who died during the liberation of Italy, was directed by the United States War Commission, which oversaw the overall design, construction, sculpture, and landscaping work necessary for the site. Griswold was tapped by the United States War Commission to act as landscape architect. This became his first major landscaping work overseas. Griswold spent much of his time drawing plans, developing planting plans, writing and answering correspondence, and working with the War Commission in efforts to construct the memorial. This subseries contains seven items, mainly drawings but also blueprints, of Griswold’s work at Anzio Cemetery from 1950 through 1956. While the schematics refer to the general layout of the site, the drawings study the specific planting plans of the site as well as the relationship between the garden and other types of foliage to the pool, which served as the centerpiece of memorial. This series contains seven drawings, including a watercolor, of the entrance and layout of Anzio Cemetery during Griswold’s involvement at the memorial from 1950 to 1951. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series V.

Tube Box 70 American Academy of Rome - Villa Catena, undated

This American Academy of Rome material contains a print rendering of the Villa Catena, one of the many villas Griswold explored during his stay in Rome in 1923. The plan of the Villa Catena is on canvas. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series IV and VI.

Tube Box 71-73 Private Residences, 1937, 1942, 1947-1951, 1980

Throughout Griswold’s extensive career, he involved himself in several private residential landscape projects. The majority of the blueprints from 1947 to1951are from his works located in and around Washington D.C., including the local restoration work on a variety of historic gardens. This subseries contains several items, primarily blueprints and photostats on vellum, but also site plans and layouts for the private residences. The plans corresponding to his work in 1937, 1942 and 1980 are unidentified residential gardens from private homes. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series III, IV and V.

Series V. Flat File Material, undated

Scope and Content Notes:

Material in this subseries consists of oversized prints, drawings, Photostats, plans and blueprints. These oversized documents are stored in flat file map cases in archival dividers. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series III, IV and V.

Subseries 1. Oversized Flat File Print Material

Scope and Content Notes:

Material in this subseries consists of oversized prints, drawings, photostats, plans and blueprints. These oversized documents are stored in flat file map cases in archival dividers. Additional files relating to this project may be found in Series III, IV and V.


Map-case 5
Drawer 1
Folder 1 Pittsburgh Renaissance: City park and underground parking garage, 1949
Folder 2 Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Nashville Branch Plan, undated
Folder 3 Mr. & Mrs. John W. Lawrence Farm Group, 1931
Folder 4 J. E. Lewis Residence, undated
Folder 5 Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mandell Garden: garden, garden perspective and garden plan and elevation, undated
Folder 6 Allen’s Oak and Gates: Villa Medici photograph, Firenza Artistica, and “Caryatides of the Erechteion” print, undated
Folder 7 Adolph Dupres Cabin: front and rear view, undated
Folder 8 First House Built in Cincinnati, OH: perspective, undated
Folder 9 Private Residents: Roy A. Hunt residence Perspective, B. D. Phillips residence Perspective, and Perspective of unknown residence, 1944
Folder 10 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial: Plan on art paper, Elevation on vellum, Perspective on trace; Plan on trace, Rendered plan, undated
Folder 11 Richard K. Mellon Mountain Vista improvements, undated
Folder 12 Shadyside Presbyterian Church: Perspective on Chapel entrance garden, undated
Folder 13 Coraopolis Borough Park: Proposed swimming pool perspective, Proposed all-purpose athletic field perspective, undated
Folder 14 Chatham Village: Landscape plan for first unit, Plan of landscape development and Plan of landscape development, 1939
Folder 15 Richeyville Recreation Building: Landscape improvements perspective, 1947
Folder 16 John Sephus Mack Community Center: Memorial Entrance perspective, Memorial Entrance perspective revised, Picnic Shelter perspective and Pool, 1946
Folder 17 Vestabaugh School: Landscape improvements rendering, Vestabaugh Recreation Building: Proposed planting rendering and Proposed planting rendering, 1947
Folder 18 Fox Chapel Country Club: Pool perspective, 1930
Folder 19 Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. DuPuy: Front and rear perspectives, undated
Folder 20 Charles F. Chubb Memorial, McConnell’s Mill State Park: preliminary study, undated
Folder 21 Lion’s Club of America, California Borough: Recreational study plan, undated
Folder 22 Beaver Area Joint School District High School: Study, Site no. 1 expanded perspective and Study, Site no. 2 perspective, 1954
Folder 23 Parks: Urban playgrounds perspective and National perspective, undated
Folder 24 Mr. H.B. Higgins Estate: Perspective, Plan and seven photographs, 1932

Drawer 2
Folder 25 Watercolors: Mr. & Mrs. John W. Lawrence Estate, Hartwood Acres, 1931
Folder 26 B.D. Phillips Residence: three photographs, two Inner Court rendering prints and Inner Court perspective, 1944
Folder 27 Anzio-Nettuno Military Cemetery: Sixteen photographs, Cover of V.F.W. Magazine, two perspectives with plan, Rendered plan, Aerial photograph, Proposed tree planting perspective and Axial view perspective, 1950-1956
Folder 28 Mr. & Mrs. Roy A. Hunt Garden: four photographs, walled garden elevation perspective and plan, 1944
Folder 29 Miscellaneous Photostats, undated
Folder 30 Bellevue Park: three aerial view perspective photostats, 3 proposed Memorial Entrance perspective photostats, Park under construction (aerial photograph) and two Dedication pamphlets, 1951
Folder 31 A.K. Wright Memorial, Hillcrest Cemetery perspective and plan, undated
Folder 32 Mr. & Mrs. Cyrus H. McCormick: Thirteen photostats and three photographs, undated
Folder 33 Agora Excavations: eight photographs, a Plan of Restoration of Stoa, Postcard of west side of Agora model, Map of ancient Greece, Bench perspective, Reconstruction of Stoa of Attalos, Map of Attica, Map of Modern Athens and Tourist map of Greece, 1950-1956
Folder 34 Parks: Burgess Park swimming pool and bath house perspective, Titusville Park Aerial view perspective, and Recreation park and swimming pool pamphlet, 1949
Folder 35 Residences: Mr. & Mrs. H. J. Stringer, Jr. Residence: Perspective, Mr. & Mrs. Morton Aronson Residence: Plan, Mr. & Mrs. Harton S. Semple Residence: Terrace perspective, Ed Magee Residence: “Baywind” perspective, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Ever Residence: Entrance perspective, Mrs. John Fazer Residence: Townhouse, Mr. & Mrs. Oliver Blair Residence: Perspective, Mr. & Mrs. Blair Shiller Residence: Garden perspective, 1930-1945
Folder 36 Fox Chapel Country Club: Interior Court perspective, Interior Court perspective and three photographs, 1930
Folder 37 Griswold Certificates: American Academy of Rome, Cornell University, Papal Blessing & Greek Recognition, undated
Folder 38 Allegheny County Club: Plan, undated