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Alan Burnham Collection Edit


Finding Aid Author
Ashley Aberg
Finding Aid Date
October 7, 2023
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Finding Aid Note
Part of the Manuscript Collections, Greenwich Historical Society Contact: Christopher Shields, Curator of Library and Archives 47 Strickland Road Cos Cob, CT 06807 United Stated


  • 1928-1995 (Creation)


  • 1.5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    2 legal size document boxes and 1 letter sized document box.



  • Biographical / Historical

    Alan Burnham (1913-1984) was a well known local Greenwich resident and architect. He founded the American Architectural Archive, which started as a group of files in boxes in his closet. He was a well known name in landmarks and architectural history having written the 1963 book "New York Landmarks: A Study and Index of Architecturally Notable Structures in Greater New York", and is considered fundamental to the architectural preservation movement in New York where he was one-time commissioner of the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission. In Greenwich, he was a member of both the Connecticut Historical Commission's review board and the historic District Commission of Greenwich. He also aided in the Great Estates survey of the town, and worked hard to ensure the preservation of several buildings in Greenwich, including the YMCA and the original Greenwich High School building that became the Town Hall Annex.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no conditions governing access to this material.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection is primarily composed of research and materials related to his architectural preservation interests. Individual properties are separated by folder, there is also more general research on architectural styles and research performed on behalf of different organizations. This collection also includes calendars, notes, and miscellaneous printed materials related to properties being considered for research. The large topograpical map of the YMCA property has been separated out and stored flat in LA2-3.

  • Arrangement

    This collection has been arranged into a single series under the Alan Burnham Collection. This series encapsulates research done on specific individual properties, and broader research performed under the auspices of the Junior League or the Historic District Commission.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], The Alan Burnham Collection, Greenwich Historical Society