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Richard G. Foltz Architectural Rare Books Collection

Identifier: DADA-054

Scope and Contents

This online collection consists of several books detailing architectural contests conducted and architectural medals won at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1901 to 1924. Not every year between 1901 and 1924 is accounted for. Some books detail projects of the French Academy in Rome and have direct connections to the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, while others are rare books about the history of architecture.


  • 1851

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in French.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Drawings and Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Drawings and Documents Archive.

Biographical Note

The École Nationale des Beaux-Arts was the home of one of the most significant and prestigious schools of architecture in the Western hemisphere. Tracing its origins back to the Académie Royale d'Architecture, which started in 1671 under Louix IVX, the École began officially in 1863 when Emperor Napoleon III made the school independent of the government and rechristened it with the name it carries today. The École taught several influential architects, and its classically-inspired style, known as Beaux-Arts, found a warm welcome in the United States, where many significant public buildings and private residences were built with the marks of Roman and Greek inspiration. After student strikes in 1968, however, the architecture department of the École separated from the rest of the university, and the École has not taught architecture since.

Student life at the École was rigorous but intensely rewarding. Architects taught by the École were trained to create architectural renderings and submitted their work in a variety of serious design competitions. The most important of these competitions was the famous Prix de Rome, which allowed for a student to study classicism abroad in Rome. Connections like these served to solidify Beaux-Arts’ appreciation of classical aesthetics and explains the strong Roman presence in the rare books in this collection.


1.6 Cubic Feet (3 OVA Boxes)


The Richard G. Foltz Architectural Rare Books Collection is arranged by volume.

Custodial History

The Richard G. Foltz Architectural Rare Books Collection was received by Drawings and Documents Archive as a donation from Richard Foltz on 2015/10/06.


No additions are expected.


Fricker, Jonathan and Donna. “The Beaux-Art Style.” Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation, 2010, _contexts /beauxartsREVISED.pdf. Accessed 9 July 2019.

Tikkanen, Amy. “L’École des Beaux-Arts.” Encyclopaedia Britannica, https://www.britannica.c om/topic/Ecole-des-Beaux-Arts. Accessed 9 July 2019.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed. EAD finding aid completed 2019/07/09 by Leah Heim and revised 2019/07/19 by Rebecca Torsell.

Richard G. Foltz Architectural Rare Books Collection
Created by Leah Heim; revised by Rebecca Torsell
Created 2019/07/09; revised 2019/07/19
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Repository Details

Part of the Andrew Seager Archives of the Built Environment Repository

Architecture Building, Room 120
Muncie IN 47306 USA
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