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Ralph Adams Cram study collection of lantern slides


This is a collection of 163 glass lantern slides of exterior and interior views; renderings, plans, elevations, and sections; and models of different buildings by a variety of individual architects and architectural firms. The majority of the slides are of buildings on which the architectural offices of Ralph Adams Cram and partners worked. The collection consists of three series: 1) Architectural offices of Ralph Adams Cram and Partners, II) Works by other Architects or Architectural firms, and III) Miscellaneous buildings and Unidentified buildings. Dates refer to the date of construction of the buildings, not the dates of the slides.


Collection Name
Ralph Adams Cram study collection of lantern slides
Collection Code
1723-1951, undated
This collection contains glass lantern slides compiled by Ralph Adams Cram.
Physical Description
163 glass lantern slides
Collection Type
Description Level
Reference Code

Historical/Biographical Note

Ralph Adams Cram (1863-1942) was an American architect noted for his collegiate and ecclesiastical buildings, many of which were in the Gothic Revival style. He was a fellow of the Boston Society of Architects, the American Institute of Architects, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among others.

During his career, Cram was in a series of partnerships with Charles Wentworth, Frank Ferguson and Bertram Goodhue, all located in Boston, Massachusetts. The last iteration in his lifetime was known as

Cram and Ferguson, which continues to the present as Cram and Ferguson Architects.

Cram was also head of the Architectural Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for seven years, as well as an author of many books and publications about architecture and religion.


The collection is arranged in three series as follows:
Series I. Architectural offices of Ralph Adams Cram and Partners, 1891-1935, 1951, undated
Series II. Works by other Architects or Architectural firms, 1723-1935, undated
Series III. Miscellaneous and unidentified buildings, 1723-1910s, undated
Each series is further arranged into subseries.

Record details

Cram, Ralph Adams (Architect)
Other People
Banner, Peter, Mr.
Beman, S. S. (Solon Spencer), 1853-1914
Brigham, Charles, 1841-1925
Bulfinch, Charles, 1763-1844
Cram, Ralph Adams, 1863-1942
Day, Frank Miles, 1861-1918
Ferguson, Frank W.
Gilbert, Cass, 1859-1934
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor, 1869-1924
Harrison, Peter, 1716-1775
McIntire, Samuel, 1757-1811
Preston, William Gibbons, 1842-1910
Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886
Shaw, Howard Van Doren, 1869-1926
Wentworth, Charles Francis
Other Organizations
Bertram G. Goodhue Associates
Cabot, Everett & Meade
Cope & Stewardson
Cram and Ferguson
Cram, Goodhue, and Ferguson
Cram, Wentworth, and Goodhue
Ludlow & Peabody
Maginnis & Walsh
McKim, Mead, and White
Rankin & Kellogg
Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge
Warren, Smith, and Biscoe, Architects
Wheelwright and Haven
Descriptive Terms
Beaux-Arts (style)
Collegiate Gothic
Prairie School
Richardsonian Romanesque
Shingle Style
academic architecture
architecture (discipline)
architecture genres
churches (buildings)
competition drawings
elevations (orthographic projections)
floor plans
plans (orthographic projections)
public buildings
renderings (drawings)
sections (orthographic projections)
Material Type
lantern slides
Santa Clara county (California) [county]
Wallingford (New Haven county, Connecticut)
Waterbury (New Haven county, Connecticut)
Chicago (Cook county, Illinois)
Evanston (Cook county, Illinois)
Indianapolis (Marion county, Indiana)
Des Moines county (Iowa) [county]
Annapolis Rock (Howard county, Maryland)
Baltimore county (Maryland) [county]
Arlington Heights (Arlington, Middlesex county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Brookline (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
Cambridge (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Cohasset (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
Dorchester Center (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Everett (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Lowell (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Norton (Bristol county, Massachusetts)
Salem (Essex county, Massachusetts)
West Newton (Newton, Middlesex county, Massachusetts) [part of inhabited place]
Williamstown (Berkshire county, Massachusetts)
Winchester (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Cranbrook Lake (Oakland county, Michigan) [lake]
Detroit (Wayne county, Michigan)
Saint Paul (Ramsey county, Minnesota)
Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)
New Brunswick (Middlesex county, New Jersey)
Princeton (Mercer county, New Jersey)
Far Rockaway (Queens, New York City, New York state) [neighborhood]
Manhattan (New York City, New York state) [borough]
Utica (Oneida county, New York state)
West Point (Orange county, New York state)
Winston-Salem (Forsyth county, North Carolina)
Cleveland (Cuyahoga county, Ohio)
Bryn Athyn (Montgomery county, Pennsylvania)
Mercersburg (Franklin county, Pennsylvania)
Philadelphia (Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania)
Pittsburgh (Allegheny county, Pennsylvania)
Newport (Rhode Island island, Newport county, Rhode Island)
Providence (Providence county, Rhode Island)
Charleston (Charleston county, South Carolina)
Sewanee (Franklin county, Tennessee)
Sweet Briar (Amherst county, Virginia)
Windsor (Ontario, Canada)
This collection is available for research.

Location Note
Boxes 1-2
Accruals Note
Accruals are not expected.

Conservation Note
The following conservation and preservation activities have been completed on this collection:
Lantern slides have been placed in archival sleeves and boxes.
Language Note
Materials are in English with the exception of one slide in French.

Preferred Citation
Item identification. Box #, Item #. Ralph Adams Cram study collection of lantern slides (PC064). Historic New England, Library & Archives.
Processing Information
This collection was processed by Susan Jarvis, 2016.

Rules and Conventions
This finding aid is DACS-compliant.

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