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Southern Illinois University collection of R. Buckminster Fuller

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Personal Papers and Publications

R. Buckminster Fuller Design Models

Published Media Clippings on R. Buckminster Fuller

Documentary Film and Audio Recordings: Speeches, Meetings, Lectures

Film and Media Materials Used in Bill Perk's Design 385 Course


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Collection Overview

Title: Southern Illinois University collection of R. Buckminster Fuller, 1928-1965Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1961-1963

ID: 3/RG 4/FP 22-9-F1

Primary Creator: Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster) (1895-1983)

Extent: 82.8 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: Grouped by accruals, the Collection is arranged into five series: 1) Published Writings by Fuller, 2) R. Buckminster Fuller Models, 3) Published Media Clippings on R. Buckminster Fuller, 4) Documentary Film and Audio Recordings: Speeches, Meetings, Lectures, 5) Film and Media used in Bill Perk's Design 385 Course.

Date Acquired: 11/21/1972. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983, Geodesic domes., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Structural frames - Models, World Game Workshop

Forms of Material: Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983 - Manuscripts, Mathematical models.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Southern Illinois Collection for R. Buckminster Fuller is comprised of published manuscript galleys, three-dimensional structural models, an extensive microfilmed collection of magazines, newspapers, and published articles; and instructional materials relating to Fuller's "World Game".  This collection is unprocessed.  Please see University Archivist for assistance.

Biographical Note

R. Buckminster Fuller (Richard Buckminster), more popularly known as "Bucky" Fuller, was born in Milton, Massachusetts and attended college at Harvard, but he was expelled twice due to contradictory actions. He later received a Doctor of Science degree from Bates College.

Fuller could be defined as an American visionary, architect, author, cartographer, cosmologist, design scientist, educator, engineer, environmentalist, poet and inventor. Bucky Fuller is also described in Current Biography, 1960, as "A mathematical genius, an engineer of rare and extraordinary foresight and a philosopher whose mind bestrides the most colossal problems of life and living."

Fuller is remembered for several works in multifaceted research interests, most notably for the Dymaxion concept (from DYnamic MAXimum tensION/ion), Dymaxion Car, alternate projection Dymaxion Map of the world, and the geodesic domes. Fuller has to his credit 28 patents, and more than sixty honorary doctorate degrees awarded during the course of his lifetime. In 1970 Fuller received the Gold Medal Award from the American Institute of Architects amongst several other awards of merit. Later he was elected as the second President of MENSA.

Fuller was a renowned scholar at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he was professor of "generalized design science exploration" from 1959 to 1971. He was also a visiting professor on the Edwardsville campus from 1972 until 1974.

Fuller died on July 1, 1983 at the age of 87, 36 hours after his wife's death. Bucky Fuller is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery near Boston, Massachusetts.

Subject/Index Terms

Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983
Geodesic domes.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Structural frames - Models
World Game Workshop

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Accruals:

Series 2 - 05/03/2006, Southern Illinois University Foundation

Series 3 and 4 - 05/03/2006, Morris Library

Series 5 - 05/30/2000. Bill Perk, Transferred from the Morris Library film collection

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted Access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Southern Illinois University Press (assumed)

Appraisal Information: Series 1 - 11/21/1972, possibly donated by the Southern Illinois University Press

Related Materials:

EXTERNAL:

The primary collection of R. Buckminster Fuller's papers and a further selection of structural models are held by the Department of Special Collections, Green Library at Stanford University Libraries. 

LOCAL:

Over 70 titles by or about R. Buckminster Fuller in Morris Library

FP22-9-F3  Harold Cohen Collection of R. Buckminster Fuller

MS Acc 1536 Ralph E. Becker -  Recording of "Roam Home to A Dome"

MS133 Delyte Wesley Morris Papers - Cassette tape, subject files, oversized map of "Dymaxion Airocean World"

MS140 The Caresse Crosby Papers - Fuller "manuscript" in correspondence series

MS146 Parallax Magazine Records - Fuller was a contributor

MS Acc 1442 Dorothy Morris - Letter from Buckminster Fuller to Delyte Morris

MS Acc 226 Gorelik Collection - newsclippings

MS Acc1205 Charles Tenney Papers- "Buckminster Fuller" by John McHale

UA RG 0 University Archives Photo Collection

UA Acc 425 RG 20-4-1-3 WSIU - Radio recording

UA RG 17-38 School of Art and Design (Acc 629)

For more information please see http://content.cdlib.org/view?docId=tf109n9832&chunk.id=c02-1.3.11.18.5.

Preferred Citation: [after identification of item(s)], R. Buckminster Fuller Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised by Leah Broaddus, 1/2/07


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[Series 1: Personal Papers and Publications, 1958-1971],
[Series 2: R. Buckminster Fuller Design Models, circa 1961-1963],
[Series 3: Published Media Clippings on R. Buckminster Fuller, 1928-1965],
[Series 4: Documentary Film and Audio Recordings: Speeches, Meetings, Lectures, 1960-1965],
[Series 5: Film and Media Materials Used in Bill Perk's Design 385 Course, 1970-1991],
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Series 2: R. Buckminster Fuller Design Models, circa 1961-1963Add to your cart.
The R. Buckminster Fuller Design Models is a collection of 153 scale models depicting R. Buckminster Fuller's mathematical principles as structural concepts. The models are constructed of wood, steel, wire, paper, or plastic, and range from toy-size simple units to 30-inch double-layered spheres composed of open triangles illustrating his open theory of "tensegrity," a word built from tension and integrity. They were created by Charles B. Ryan circa 1961-1962, who at the time was an associate professor of fine arts at the University of Oregon. Upon completion, Ryan shipped the models to either Buckminster Fuller's house in Carbondale or the Department of Design at Southern Illinois University. Morris Library acquired the models in 1963.  For digital photographs of each model see: http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/sic_fuller

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[Series 1: Personal Papers and Publications, 1958-1971],
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[Series 4: Documentary Film and Audio Recordings: Speeches, Meetings, Lectures, 1960-1965],
[Series 5: Film and Media Materials Used in Bill Perk's Design 385 Course, 1970-1991],
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