Scope and arrangement
The collection covers Kellerman's career as an architectural historian and preservationist and includes correspondence, reports and notes, architectural drawings and plans, and photographs and slides which she generated and gathered in the course of her investigation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods located in New York City and the surrounding area. The correspondence chiefly addresses her research projects, but also includes some small amount of material related to her time at Penn State University. Much of the collection includes research photocopies from books, reports, and New York City Department of Buildings' records which she used while investigating the history, construction, and design of specific properties. The photographs and slides include copies of historic images that capture architectural elements and details, as well as documentation snapshots that record the existing conditions of the buildings and sites that were the subject of Kellerman's research.
Among the activities detailed in these records are Kellerman's research related to the streets and buildings of Greenwich Village dating from her work with the Landmarks Preservation Commission in the 1960s; her efforts to document the history and design of the Wave Hill estate; a project to survey SoHo's historic cast-iron buildings; her activities related to her work as executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP); and her many projects as an independent researcher including the conversion of the Rhinelander Waldo mansion into a luxury department store. The collection also includes a small amount of material related to her years as a lecturer in the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University.
The current order of the Regina Kellerman Papers reflects the arrangement prepared by the GVSHP staff.
The Regina M. Kellerman papers are arranged in ten series:
Contains materials related to Kellerman's building-by-building survey undertaken as part of the Landmarks Preservation Commission's efforts to have Greenwich Village designated an historic district.
Material related to Kellerman's work for the proposed-but-never-realized museum complex; these activities took place while she was serving as director of research for the Landmark Preservation Commission. Includes architectural drawings.
Contains material related to Kellerman's work as architectural historian at the Wave Hill Estate.
Contains material related to Kellerman's matriculation at Penn State University including correspondence with her mentor Winston Weisman, and two papers she gave while at Penn.
Contains material related to a Penn State sponsor project Kellerman led to document historic structures in SoHo. This later became the basis for the report that led to the designation of the SoHo Historic District.
Contains Kellerman's research regarding New York City's first City Hall -- the 18th century Stadhuis. The Stadhuis served as the governance building of Dutch colony New Amsterdam. Kellerman's research eventually became the basis for her doctoral dissertation,"The Stadhuis of New Amsterdam: New York's First City Hall, 1641-1699."
Contains material related to Kellerman's work as exective director of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation and includes lectures, annual reports, slides, maps and plans.
Contains material relating to Kellerman's position as a lecturer in the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University's School of Architecture.