Guide to the Alfons Bach Papers

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1272
Creators:
Bach, Alfons, 1904-1999
Dates:
1934 - 1992
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
6 Cubic feet
5 boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Biographical files cover the period from 1938-1989 and include resumes, clippings, correspondence, certificates, awards, speeches, brochures for exhibitions, and artwork. Project files cover the period from 1934-1961 and contain clippings, catalogs, brochures, and scrapbooks.,This collection documents Bach's work as an industrial designer, architect, and painter from 1934-1992.
Scope and Contents
The files on the Ridgeway Center mall are particularly extensive. Photographs cover the period from 1937-1961 and document Bach's design projects, particularly the Ridgeway Center, his house in Stamford, and the Miami and New York offices of Callaway Mills. Portraits of Bach and his family are included as well. Glass lantern slides document of seven of Bach's interior and exterior design projects. Also included are several signed and numbered prints of Bach's watercolor scenes of the Riviera.

Arrangement
Arrangement
1) Biographical files, 1938-1989; 2) Project files, 1934-1961; 3) Photogaphs, 1937-1961; and 4) Glass Slides. Materials are arranged chronologically within four record groups:

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Industrial designer, architect, and painter. Born in Germany, 1904. Bach studied film directing and design in Europe. He turned to industrial design upon immigrating to the United States in 1926. His design work from 1932-53 include a Philco radio, furniture for Heywood-Wakefield, carpets for Bigelow-Sanford, and appliances for General Electric. Bach designed and built his own home in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1938.
In the late 1940s, he developed a plan for one of the first shopping malls in America, the Ridgeway Center of Stamford. He remodeled the interior and exterior of Sach's furniture store, 1948-49, and redesigned the Seneca Textile Building on 34th Street in Manhattan in 1952. Bach moved to Florida in 1959, where he designed the Palm Trail Plaza, a marina apartment complex in Delray Beach, completed in 1961. In addition, Bach was also a noted painter. His watercolors were featured in numerous exhibitions in the United States and Europe.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection is unprocessed.
Author
NMAH Staff
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
All materials were donated to the museum by Alfons Bach in 1993. The collection was transferred to the Archives Center in 2012.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment.,Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Preferred Citation
Alfons Bach Papers, 1934-1992, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Related Archival Materials
431 drawings of designs for furniture, textiles, lamps, pianos, clocks, appliances, and retail, office, and home interiors.,Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Drawings and Prints Department.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Exhibition catalogs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Radio -- Receivers and reception Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Certificates Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Heywood-Wakefield Company Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Philco Corporation Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Seneca Textile Building Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
General Electric Company Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ridgeway Center Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives