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Alan W. Mather Papers

Identifier: LP000756

Scope and Content

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Unionization of architectural employees in Detroit, 1969-1973 City planning and housing, 1930s-1940s Construction and architecture in the Detroit area

Among the important correspondents are: Raya Dunayevskaya Ernest Mazey Joe Raimist Isadore Rosenfield

Series Description: Series I, Architectural History, 1930-1950 Notes and other reference material compiled by Mr. Mather on architecture, construction, city planning, housing and related topics.

Series II, Detroit Area Architecture and Architectural Organizations, 1943-1976 Notes, correspondence, memos and other material dealing primarily with architecture and architectural firms in the Detroit area, including information regarding specific firms, the construction of the Wayne County Youth Home, hospital construction and the Organization of Architectural and Engineering Employees.

Series III, Published Materials, 1933-1976 Articles and other publications by Alan Mather.

Series IV, Diaries, Correspondence and Miscellaneous, 1933-1982 Family history, diaries and correspondence.


  • 1930 - 1982


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Doesn't want personal diaries opened until after his and his wife's death, as of 1989, in nursing home — see WP

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


Alan W. Mather was born in Glasgow, Scotland on February 11, 1907. He was raised and educated in Scotland, England, Canada and the United States. Mr. Mather was employed as an architectural draftsman in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s, and from 1935 to 1938 was on Isadore Rosenfield's staff with the New York City Department of Hospitals. He moved to Detroit in 1941, and since then has been employed by various architectural firms in the Detroit area and Chicago,including Albert Kahn, Inc., Saarinen & Swanson, Ralph R. Calder, Pilafian & Montana, and Smith, Hinchman & Grylls, Inc. He has been a prolific freelance writer, with'article's and book reviews published in a variety of magazines, newspapers and architectural journals. Throughout his career, Mr. Mather has been interested and actively involved in the unionization of architectural employees, and he supported the efforts of the Organization of Architectural and Engineering Employees in the 1970s.


3.75 Linear Feet (6 MB, 2 OS)


Alan Mather was an architect in New York, Detroit, and Chicago, working for various well-known firms. His papers reflect his architectural career and his interest and activity involving unionization of architectural employees.


Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Box 2), Series 3 (Box 3) and Series 4 (Boxes 3-8). Folders in Series 1 and 2 are arranged by subject.


Approximately 31 blueprints drawn by Mr. Mather for the firms of Austin, Barry & Kay, H. E. Beyster, Ralph R. Calder, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc., Smith, Hinchman & Grylls, Inc., and Pilafian & Montana as well as for the Detroit City Engineer have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Guide to the Alan W. Mather Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA