Claude Stoller Papers, PC.7025


Claude Stoller Papers, PC.7025

Descriptive Summary

Claude Stoller Papers
Call Number
Stoller, Claude
1940 - 2015
Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina

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Access Restrictions

Available for research

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Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.7025, Claude Stoller Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, NC, USA.

Collection Overview

The Claude Stoller Papers consist of photographs, letters, publications, notes, and other materials related to the donor and his time at Black Mountain College in western North Carolina.


Claude Stoller (b. 1921) is an architect of note, known for his advocacy for social housing and historic preservation. He grew up in the Bronx, New York. Stoller's completion of studies at DeWitt Clinton High School, coincided with the exhibit Bauhaus 1919-1928 at the Museum of Modern Art. Through this exhibition, he became interested in attending Black Mountain College (BMC) in western North Carolina.

While at BMC, Stoller took a wide variety of classes, including Josef Albers's courses in design, color, and drawing along with architecture courses led by Lawrence Kocher, Howard Dearstyne, and Lou Bernard Voight. Stoller, along with fellow student Charles Forberg, oversaw the construction of the Jalowetz House, a small dwelling designed by Lawrence Kocher for music instructor Henrich Jalowetz, and his family. BMC also gave Stoller a chance to experiment with photography.

In 1942, Claude Stoller was drafted into the United States Army. He served in the 14th Coast Artillery on Puget Sound in Washington State. After attending army engineering school, Stoller served in Germany and France with the 13th Armored Division.
Following his war-time service, Stoller gained acceptance to the Harvard Graduate School of Design with advanced standing due to his Black Mountain coursework. His classes with Josef Albers and Peter Bergmann, combined with his practical construction experience, laid a firm groundwork for his future scholarship. After studying a year abroad in Florence, Italy, Stoller worked for architectural firms in the Boston area before moving to San Francisco to start his own firm.

In 1956, Claude Stoller and Robert B. Marquis founded Marquis & Stoller Architects, which focused on the general practice of architecture and planning, including residential, institutional, and government projects. The following year, Stoller was invited to join the faculty in the Department of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley. He served as acting chairman in 1965-1966 and chair of graduate studies from the early 1980s until his retirement in 1991.

In 1965, Stoller started Continuing Education in Environmental Design in collaboration with the University of California, University Extension. Courses were offered in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and design professionals. In 1966-1967, as the internship component of the program, Stoller founded the pioneering San Francisco Community Design Center to address student interest in inequities in housing, and community concern about redevelopment plans. The Center became a prototype for other Community Design Centers that brought the skills of architectural interns to economically depressed neighborhoods where there was a real need for remodeling of old buildings or new construction, and where interns worked to bring solutions to existing neighborhoods.

In 1978, Stoller formed Stoller/Partners (later Stoller Knoerr Architects) in Berkeley. Projects included single homes, multiple dwellings, religious buildings, and institutional and commercial structures. Social issues such as housing and energy-efficient designs were a primary concern for Stoller as was historic preservation.
Stoller retired from active practice except for consulting. He lives in Berkeley and Maine with his second wife Rosemary Raymond Stoller, also a Black Mountain student. He continues his life-long interest in photography.

Contents of the Collection

1. Biographical

Stoller Bio - Student file (copies)
FOLDER 1.1.1
Stoller Publications - BMC
FOLDER 1.1.2
Stoller Biographical - Interview Morowitz
FOLDER 1.2.1
Stoller Biographical-Interview Black Mountain College Project
FOLDER 1.2.2
Stoller Biographical-Interview North Carolina Museum of Art, 1971
FOLDER 1.2.3
Stoller Bio - Resumes & Biographies
FOLDER 1.3.1

2. Correspondence

Albers Foundation, 2001 - 2002
FOLDER 2.1.1
Albers, Josef & Anni
FOLDER 2.1.2
Asheville Museum of Art, 2009 - 2013
FOLDER 2.1.3
Bruce, Harvey & Pam
FOLDER 2.1.4
BMC Envelopes, 1944
FOLDER 2.1.5
BMC Museum + Art Center, 1997 - 2003
FOLDER 2.1.6
BMC Project, 2000 - 2009
FOLDER 2.1.7
Drier, Ted Jr., 1997
FOLDER 2.1.8
Haas, Maude & Riley, Cathy Hass, 2000
FOLDER 2.1.9
Fully Awake: The BMC Experience, 2002 - 2006
FOLDER 2.1.10
Harris, Mary Emma, BMC Project, 1979 - 2000
FOLDER 2.1.11
Kentgens-Craig, Margaret, 2014 - 2015
FOLDER 2.1.12
Maciejezyle, Roman, 1942
FOLDER 2.1.13
Martinez, Ana, 2013
FOLDER 2.1.14
The Momentary Theater, 1995 - 1996
FOLDER 2.1.15
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 2002
FOLDER 2.1.16
Nakata, Ike, 1987 - 1988
FOLDER 2.1.17
NC Museum of Art, 1971 - 1973
FOLDER 2.1.18
Pawelke, (France), 2010 - 2013
FOLDER 2.1.19
Riley, Sue Spayth, 1995
FOLDER 2.1.20
Simon, Morris "Mouse", 1983
FOLDER 2.1.21
Staatliche Gallene, 1983
FOLDER 2.1.22
State Archives of North Carolina, 1974 - 2014
FOLDER 2.1.23
Steinau, Mort & Barb, 2000
FOLDER 2.1.24
UNC-TV, 1989
FOLDER 2.1.25
Wolpert, Jerry, 1942
FOLDER 2.1.26
Wunsen, Robert, 1940 - 1944
FOLDER 2.1.27

3. BMC Related Material

Reunion-Bard College
FOLDER 3.1.1
BMC Reunion-San Francisco, 1992
FOLDER 3.1.2
Reunion-Lake Eden, 1995
FOLDER 3.1.3
Articles & Clippings BMC, 1940 - 2007
FOLDER 3.2.1
Articles & Clippings, General, 1943 - 1992
FOLDER 3.2.2
FOLDER 3.2.3
Exhibition Announcements
FOLDER 3.3.1
Misc BMC-Josef & Anni Albers
FOLDER 3.4.1
Misc BMC-Map of Blue Ridge Assembly
FOLDER 3.4.2
Misc BMC-Excerpt from "Bauhaus" by Paul Betts
FOLDER 3.4.3
Misc BMC-Bliss, Robert
FOLDER 3.4.4
Misc BMC-Reynolds, Katherine Essay "BMC: Cabbages and Kings"
FOLDER 3.4.5
Misc BMC-Sunley, Robert
FOLDER 3.4.6

4. Photographs

Blue Ridge
FOLDER 4.1.1
Building Design
FOLDER 4.2.1
Studies Design
FOLDER 4.3.1
FOLDER 4.4.1
Portraits-Alex Reed
FOLDER 4.4.2
Portraits-Eva Zhitlowsky
FOLDER 4.4.3
FOLDER 4.4.4
Post BMC
FOLDER 4.5.1
Photo ID
FOLDER 4.6.1
Architect Design
FOLDER 4.6.2
Study Design
FOLDER 4.6.3

5. Scans

MISC BMC- Alber, Josef & Anni
FOLDER 5.1.1

Subject Headings

  • Stoller, Claude.
  • Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)
  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Claude Stoller in 2018