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Charles Jencks Archive
-CJA · Fonds · [1950s]-2019

The archive primarily covers the period from the early 1960s when Jencks started writing about architecture to his death in 2019. Jencks did not consistently retain papers so there are gaps in the collection and some more personal material remains with the family. The Jencks Foundation sees The Cosmic House as an integral part of Charles Jencks' Archive, and so, the fixtures and fittings within The Cosmic House are also included. Similarly Charles Jencks' extensive library is included as part of the Archive, as this is key to understanding Jencks intellectual life and is working methods.

The archive includes
-Drawings, plans and models, photographic materials and documentation around both the creation and the refurbishment of The Cosmic House, the Garden of Cosmic Speculation and Charles' Jencks other architectural and landscape design projects.
-Charles Jencks' writings; includes early writings (including both school work and fiction), Charles Jencks' publications and documentation relating to various publications; lecture notes and documentation relating to lecturing, and unpublished writings.
-Documentation around Jencks' role in the setting up and running of the Maggie's Centres and other work activities such as acting as juror on architectural competitions and selections committees.
-Materials used by Jencks to inform his work including his extensive library of publications and press clippings relating to architecture, art, post modernism and science; research notes, drafts, correspondence and other documentation relating to Jencks writings and his relationships with architects and writers.
-Jencks audio-visual collection including his large slide library and other photographic material, as well as a small amount of video and audio material.
-Charles Jencks' artwork and a small amount of miscellaneous, mainly administrative, material.

Jencks, Charles Alexander
Research Materials
-CJA-RES · Sub-Fonds · 1960s - 2019
Part of Charles Jencks Archive

This sub-fonds includes all the published materials (books, newspaper cuttings and printed ephemera) which Charles gathered over the years, as well as slides which he took or purchased. As well as being heavily annotated and marked with post-it notes, the books also contain news cuttings, manuscript notes, correspondence, contracts and other documents. They are therefore an integral part of the archive.

This sub-fonds is in the process of being catalogued and additional records will be added regularly.

[Loose documents]
-CJA-RES-AL-B1-1-1 · File · 2013-2019
Part of Charles Jencks Archive

Documents found loose on the shelf.

Comprises mostly press cuttings on Rogers and Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, as well as on the Candy Brothers, high rise developments and wealth in London; and a mounted photograph of the Lloyds building. Many of the cuttings are annotated.

[Loose documents]
-CJA-RES-AL-B1-1-2 · File · 1986-2019
Part of Charles Jencks Archive

Documents found loose on the shelf.

Includes press cuttings on Rogers and Rogers Strik Harbour & Partners, as well as on high-rise building in London and wealth; photocopied typescript of the RIBA President's Invitation Lecture by Berthold Lubetkin (1985) with a compliments slip from Richard Rogers + Partners; invitations to the presentation of the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture 1985 to Richard Rogers.

Rogers 1985-current
-CJA-RES-AL-B1-2-1 · File · 1985-2019
Part of Charles Jencks Archive

Contents of a box file labelled 'ROGERS 1985-current'.

-bundle of press cuttings labelled 'ROGERS articles 2001-current
-copy letter from Charles to Richard Rogers 'inspired by' the latter's talk regarding the development of London, and requesting specific images to use in lectures, and a letter from Richard Rogers Partnership enclosing slides [no longer enclosed]
-manuscript notes titled 'Richard Rogers: Public responsibility + Private Greed June 14 95'
-typescript letter from Richard Rogers [signed] to Charles, thanking him for the introduction to Romi in India and asking about the 'Paternoster/Arups/Simpson/Prince Charles battle' [1990]
-typescript letter from Richard Rogers to Charles, written from Goa, and responding to 'The Condition of Post Modernity', enclosing copy drawings for the Tokyo International Design Forum Competition
-Financial Times: Architecture At Work: 1987 Award for Industrial and Commercial Buildings brochure (winner: Lloyd's of London) used as a folder for a bundle of papers labelled 'Lloyds/Rogers completed 1986'. Includes press cuttings, a statement by the Chairman of Llloyd's to the General Meeting of Members 1987; sheet of 14 slides of the Lloyd's building, presumed to have been taken by Charles; typescript letter from Richard Rogers [signed] to Charles responding to the latter's essay on Prince Charles; press photograph of Richard Rogers with Partners in front of the Lloyd's Building [copyright Daily Telegraph] and a b&w photograph of the Lloyd's building taken from across the street.