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Harold W. Lautner papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-17.100

Scope and Contents

The Harold Lautner papers includes an issue of "Landscape Architecture" from January 1954 which contains the article by Lautner, "The Landscape Architect Serving a University Combined Teaching and Creation of Landscape Values." In addition there is an audio cassette tape recording of Lautner reminiscing about his days as a student at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) and describing the campus during his time as an employee at MSU. There is also one photograph of Lautner.


  • Creation: 1954, 1975


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Harold Lautner was born on January 14, 1902 in Traverse City, Michigan. He received his B.S. in 1925 from Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) and a Masters degree in 1936 in city planning from Harvard University. From 1937-1940, he was an instructor of city planning at Harvard. From 1941 to 1946, he held various positions in the Federal Works Agency, Federal Public Housing Authority, and the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C. Lautner came to Michigan State College in 1946 as the head of the Department of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture. At the same time he held the position of Landscape Architect for all university property. In 1960, he became the Director of Campus Park and Planning. Lautner retired in 1970 and passed away on December 3, 1992.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 2 folders, 1 audio cassette )

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Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Harold W. Lautner Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
E. Geahan
July 2009
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US