Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Records
Held at: Lehigh University Special Collections [Contact Us]Linderman Library, 30 Library Drive, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 18015
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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat was founded by Lynn S. Beedle at Lehigh University in 1969. The organization began as a cooperative group between the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineers (IABSE) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and was known as the Joint Committee on Tall Buildings until 1976. Beedle served as the Council’s director from 1969 until retirement in 2000, and as Chairman from 1969-1976. In 2003, the Council relocated its headquarters, moving from Lehigh University to the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. The Council is well known for its decision in height criteria that resulted in the Petronas Towers succeeding the Sears Tower as the world’s tallest building.
The Records of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is organized into eight series, determined by format and based on the original order of Lynn S. Beedle. The collection contains too many personal names that are all mentioned in the container list. These names were not repeated in the "Personal Name Subject" section.
Materials in the collection are arranged in various ways and are indicated in the series as to their arrangement. Some correspondence files were arranged chronologically while others in reverse chronological order, depending on the filing system of the time. Other series are arranged by report or research file number. Due to Beedle’s complex filing system, much of the collection was left in its original order to preserve intellectual integrity.
Transferred from CTBUH office and donated by Lynn S. Beedle, 1990-2003.
An inventory list of the personal library of Lynn S. Beedle, items not related to CTBUH, has been created. The books in this series will be shelved in the general collection.
- Advani, Sunder H.
- Beedle family.
- Beedle, Lynn S.
- Brozzetti, Jacques
- Fisher, John W.
- Johnston, Bruce S.
- Lu, Le Wu
- Robertson, Leslie
- Salleh, Muhammad Ridzuan
- American Institute of Steel Construction.
- American Society of Civil Engineers.
- Column Research Council.
- Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
- Fritz Engineering Laboratory.
- Fritz Engineering Research Society.
- High Rise Insitute.
- Lehigh University. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
- Structural Steel Research Council.
- Atlanta (Ga.)
- Bethlehem (Pa.)
- Canton (China)
- Hong Kong
- Kuala Lumpur
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- Miami (Fl.)
- Minneapolis (Minn.)
- New York (NY)
- San Francisco
- Washington, D.C.
- Lehigh University Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Greg Edwards, Elizabeth Scott, Daniella Fedora, Tim Morgan and Kevin Augustyn.
- The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources' "Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives" Project. Created in 2008, the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards program supports the identification and cataloging of special collections and archives of high scholarly value that are difficult or impossible to locate. It is administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources in Washington, D.C. Award recipients create descriptive information for their hidden collections that will eventually be linked to and interoperable with all other projects funded by this grant program.
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- Use Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
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