Collection UQFL158 - Karl Langer Papers

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Karl Langer Papers


  • [ca.1947]-[ca.1968] (Creation)

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89 boxes, 1 parcel, approximately 1100 architectural drawings.

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Biographical history

Dr Langer graduated in Vienna as an architect from the master class of Peter Behrens. He migrated to Australia in 1939 and settled in Brisbane. He became a lecturer at the University of Queensland, and later also at what is now called the Queensland University of Technology. He was fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and of the Australian Planning Institute. He was also the first president of the Institute of Landscape Architecture and an executive member of the National Trust. He designed many of Queensland's best-known buildings, including the chapel at St Peter's Lutheran College in Brisbane. He was married to Dr Gertrude Langer OBE.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers, [ca.1947]-[ca.1968]
Collection alternatively titled as: Karl Langer Collection.

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Scope and content

Architectural drawings, financial records, correspondence, biographical and personal notes, articles, speeches, job photos, subject files, diaries, journal and newspaper cuttings. Buildings which drawings and files relate to include St. Peters Lutheran College, Brisbane; Ipswich Girls Grammar School; Ipswich Boys Grammar School; Lennons Hotel, Brisbane and Lennons Hotel, Broadbeach.

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Conditions governing access

Unrestricted access. Access to personal correspondence is restricted. Application to access restricted material may be submitted to the Fryer Librarian for consideration.

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  • English

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Uploaded finding aid

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Related units of description

Related manuscript material is held at F3208 Records of the Langer Memorial Committee and UQFL157 Gertrude Langer Collection.

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Publication note

Material from this collection has been cited in:
Daniel A. Barber, Lee Stickells, Daniel J. Ryan, Maren Koehler, Andrew Leach, Philip Goad, Deborah van der Plaat, Cathy Keys, Farhan Karim & William M. Taylor (2018) Architecture, Environment, History: Questions and Consequences, Architectural Theory Review, 22:2, 249-286.
Hampson, Alice; Gardiner, Fiona , From the Acropolis to Kingaroy: Creating Civic Culture in Queensland. Presented at Quotation, Quotation: What Does History Have in Store for Architecture Today? - The 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Canberra 5-8 July 2017.
Muirden, B. (1968). The puzzled patriots: the story of the Australia First Movement. ([Amended ed..). Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press; London; New York: Cambridge University Press.

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63015287; 23798447

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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