Help Us Buy a Scanner to Digitize our Archives

The Paul Rudolph Institute for Modern Architecture (formerly the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation) represents the Paul Rudolph Estate and is dedicated to communicating, preserving and extending the legacy of architect and educator Paul Rudolph. The Institute is raising money to buy a large format scanner to digitize our collection of original drawings and blueprints.

About the Paul Rudolph Estate Archive & Research Library

The Paul Rudolph Institute for Modern Architecture maintains the Paul Rudolph Estate Archive and is growing a collection of information about Paul Rudolph's architectural works. These materials include original drawings and blueprints donated to us by past clients, contractors and others. The Institute digitally preserves these documents in a searchable database for study by students, scholars, and the general public.

The Need for A Large Format Scanner

In the past, the Institute sent these drawings to a local blueprint company to digitize them. The cost for an 800 dpi scan of a typical 24" x 36" drawing is around $25 per sheet. Due to the number of originals we now have in our collection, we do not have the financial resources to continue outsourcing this work. We reviewed the materials waiting to be digitized and calculated that it would only take 286 scans for the scanner to pay for itself. The items currently waiting to be scanned include:

  • Construction drawings of the Parcells Residence
  • Construction drawings of the Temple Street Parking Garage
  • Construction drawings of the Licht Residence
  • Construction drawings of the Yanofsky Residence
  • Construction drawings of the Tuskegee Chapel
  • Design and presentation drawings for the unbuilt Tuskegee University Master Plan
  • Construction and design drawings for several versions of the Modulightor building
  • Original drawings and sketches for the Yale Art & Architecture School, Rudolph's 23 Beekman Place Residence, Micheels Residence, Deane Residence and many other projects.

How A Large Format Scanner can help our work

It is essential to digitize our archives so that the original materials can be appropriately preserved while the digital copy is used by students and scholars who wish to study the work. We looked into several options and found a Canon Colortrac SCi 42c Xpress Scanner is the best and most affordable solution.

Old, damaged, fragile documents are hard to scan with accuracy. You need to ensure you don’t damage them and that you can pick out detail that might be faded or discolored. The Canon Colortrac SCi 42c Xpress Scanner includes technology which is suited for scanning archive materials that are fragile and can produce scans up to 1200 dpi - much higher quality than we currently get at the local blueprint company.

Any support is much appreciated, and you will directly contribute to making more of Rudolph's architectural works available to the public. Please share, and we appreciate your input.

Thank you!

P.S. Examples of how we use these digitized images are on our website's online archive at https://www.paulrudolph.institute/timeline

Donations

  • James Rohrich
    • $50 
    • 5 mos
  • Harold Guida
    • $100 
    • 5 mos
  • JOYCE OWENS
    • $100 
    • 6 mos
  • Brian Henley
    • $50 
    • 8 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $50 
    • 8 mos

Organizer

Kelvin Dickinson
Organizer
New York, NY
Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation Inc.
 
Registered nonprofit
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