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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 1: Personal Papers and Publications, 1958-1971Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: No More Secondhand God, circa 1961-1963Add to your cart.
The manuscript, author's galleys, and various copies of a book of poems and essays, No More Secondhand God
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Manuscript inventoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: FrontmatterAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: PrefaceAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Chapter 1 - No More Secondhand GodAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Chapter 2 - Machine ToolsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Chapter 3 - The Historical Attempt by Man to Convert His Evolution from a Subjective to an Objective ProcessAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Chapter 4 - Universal Requirements of Dwelling AdvantageAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Chapter 5 - The Fuller Research FoundationAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Chapter 6 - A Comprehensive Anticipatory Design ScienceAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Chapter 7 - Introduction to Omnidirectional HaloAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Chapter 8 - Omnidirectional HaloAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Printed or typed copies of Chapters 1-5Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Printed or typed copies of Chapters 6-8Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Galley proofs and Xerox copy of prefaceAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Author's galley proofsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Carbon copies of Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 5Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Carbon copies of Chapters 6-8Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Education Automation, circa 1961-1963Add to your cart.
The author's and second galley proofs of Education Automation, an address delivered to an Southern Illinois University planning committee for the Edwardsville campus in East St. Louis, April 22, 1961.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Author's galley proofs of Education AutomationAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Second galley proofs of Education AutomationAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Personal Papers and Administrative Records, 1958-1971Add to your cart.
Correspondence, records of salary and academic appointments at Southern Illinois University, Yearly itineraries and collected articles and speeches authored by Buckminster Fuller.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Fuller pamphlet in Russian and an unrelated noteAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Academic Appointments, Project Funding, Retirement, 1959-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Board of Trustees-Approved Faculty and Project Appointments, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Yearly Itinerary, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Yearly Itineraries, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Yearly Itineraries, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Yearly Itineraries, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Magazine articles, Speeches, Photographs, 1960-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Magazine articles, Speeches, Photographs, 1958-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Magazine articles, Speeches, Photographs, 1951-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "The World Game" Joint National Meeting of the American Astronautical Society (15th Annual) and the Operations Research Society (35th National), 1969 June 17-20Add to your cart.
30-page preprint
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1966-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1963-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1928, 1958-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Title Panels for Buckminster Fuller Exhibit at Edwardsville, circa 1964Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Personal Papers and Publications, 1958-1971],
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[Series 3: Published Media Clippings on R. Buckminster Fuller, 1928-1965],
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[Series 5: Film and Media Materials Used in Bill Perk's Design 385 Course, 1970-1991],
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