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Margaret Henderson Floyd Records
Scope and Contents
- Majority of material found within 1983 -- 1989
- 1982 -- 1998
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
1.83 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 5 oversized folders)
Biographical / Historical
Born in New York City, Floyd graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Art History in 1953. She went on to receive a master's degree in Art History from the University of New Mexico in 1957, and earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University in 1974.
At Tufts, Floyd taught courses on architectural history and American art. One of her most popular courses focused on Boston and Cambridge architecture. In 1981, Floyd was appointed to the Campus Planning and Development Committee by Dean Frank Colcord. In 1983, she began work on an architectural inventory of university buildings for the committee. She also served as chair of the Fine Arts Department from 1983 to 1987, when she was involved in establishing Tufts University Art Gallery.
Floyd gave frequent walking tours of Boston, and an annual architectural tour of Newport, R.I. mansions. She was active in local historic preservation projects and involved with the Boston Architectural Center. Her published works include Harvard: An Architectural History (co-authored with Bainbridge Bunting, 1985); Architectural Education and Boston (1989); Architecture after Richardson: Regionalism before Modernism--Longfellow, Alden, and Harlow in Boston and Pittsburgh (1994); and Henry Hobson Richardson: A Genius for Architecture (1997).
Margaret Henderson Floyd died of cancer on October 18, 1997. The Department of Art and Art History established the Margaret Henderson Floyd Memorial Lecture (1999) and the Architectural Studies Prize (2006) in her honor.
The collection did not have any apparent original order. After determining series, folders were arranged alphabetically within each series. Orphan items were rehoused in folders and appropriate labels were created; [ ] indicating created title. Newspaper clippings and duplicates were weeded, including a copy of the Walking Tour of Goddard Chapel (located in UA021/001 folder 007). All sticky notes were photocopied and removed. Several tattered folders were replaced.