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Jacobs, Jane, 1916-2006



  • Existence: 1916-05-04 - 2006-04-25

Biographical Note

Jane Jacobs (born in 1916) attended Columbia University's School of General Studies and became an associate editor at Architectural Forum magazine in 1952. The death and life of great American cities (1961) was her most well-known book. In addition to her writing, Jacobs was also an activist. Jacobs moved to Toronto with her family in 1969 in part due to her objection to the Vietnam War. She quickly became an influential figure in Toronto and soon after her arrival helped to stop plans for the construction of the Spadina Expressway. Her last book, Dark age ahead, was published in 2004. She died in 2006.

Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Identifier

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

David Gurin and Jane Jacobs correspondence


This collection contains correspondence from urban planning activist and writer Jane Jacobs to David Gurin throughout his career as an urban planner. The collection also includes programs and other materials from conferences and award ceremonies related to Jacobs.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1963 - 2016

Jane Jacobs papers


These papers document the work of author and urban planning activist Jane Jacobs. They contain correspondence, clippings, lecture recordings, manuscripts, research material, and notes related to Jacobs's professional life. Also included are date books, awards and diplomas, scrapbooks, and photographs.

Restrictions on Access Collection is open for research. Letters of recommendation are closed due to privacy restrictions. Most audiovisual recordings have been digitally copied; all original media were retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room. Recordings on Umatic videocassette are not available for playback due to format impermanence and cannot be reformatted by Burns Library at this time. Please let Burns Library Public Services ...
Dates: approximately 1860-2006; Majority of material found within 1960 - 2002

Seymour Rutkin correspondence with Jane Jacobs

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One exchange of letters between architect and affordable housing activist Seymour Rutkin to urbanologist and architectural critic Jane Jacobs regarding her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

Restrictions on Access

Open for research.

Dates: 1962 March10-April 2