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Seymour Rutkin correspondence with Jane Jacobs

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Collection MS-2019-015: Seymour Rutkin correspondence with Jane Jacobs


  • Creation: 1962 March10-April 2

Scope and Contents

Letter from Seymour Rutkin to Jane Jacobs (1962 March 10) regarding her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and response from Jacobs (1962 April 2).


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Biographical Note: Jane Jacobs

Urbanologist and architectural critic. Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) 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. She was arrested in 1968 after she disrupted a public meeting about the Lower Manhattan Expressway, a project she opposed. 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. Jacobs became a Canadian citizen in 1974 and was nominated to the Order of Canada in 1996 for her work on urban development. Her last book, Dark Age Ahead, was published in 2004.

Biographical Note: Seymour Rutkin

Architect and affordable housing activist. Seymour Rutkin graduated with a degree in architecture from Cooper Union in 1946. He designed hospitals, offices, residences, and schools, but was best known for The Shell House (2004) in Roxbury, New York. Rutkin died in July 2007.


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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.


Letters. Arranged chronologically.


Gift of Anne R. Teicher, wife of Seymour Rutkin, in 2019.

Seymour Rutkin Correspondence with Jane Jacobs
1962 March 10-April 2
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Lynn Moulton
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Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States