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A. Alfred Taubman papers, 1942-2014

220 linear feet (approximate; in 247 boxes) — 3 tubes — 20 oversize volumes — 12 panels — 25.6 GB (online)

A. Alfred Taubman was an entrepreneur, real estate developer and philanthropist. The Taubman collection consists of business and personal records documenting his development of retail and mixed-use real estate projects, his role as a leader in the real estate industry in Michigan and nationally, his transformation of Sotheby's, his investments and business interests, his contributions to the arts, to American educational institutions, and to the city of Detroit.

This collection documents the business and philanthropic activities of A. Alfred Taubman. While this collection is not a comprehensive archive of Taubman's business and personal activities, it offers a rich and abundant resource for researchers interested in the history of commercial real estate development and those interested in Taubman's varied business concerns and philanthropic work. The bulk of the materials date from the early 1960s to the mid-1990s and include both records created by Taubman and a number of staff members of The Taubman Company. The collection is organized into eight series:

  1. Shopping Centers/Commercial Development
  2. Industry Leadership
  3. Detroit Development
  4. Business Investments
  5. University Endowments
  6. Topical
  7. Personal
  8. Athena Azerbaijan and Russia Development Projects

Louis G. Redstone Photograph Collection, 1935-2005 (majority within 1935-1977)

6 linear feet — 1 oversize volume — 1 oversize folder

Louis Redstone worked as an architect in the Detroit area from the 1930's through 1980's. His buildings include the Micheal Berry International Air Terminal at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Manufacturers Bank Operation's Center, Congregation Beth Achim, and the business administration building at Lawrence Technological University. The collection includes photographs of Redstone projects, as well as sketches, floor plans, and blueprints. His interest in art and travel is also well documented through photographs, speeches, writings, and newspaper clippings, as well as his original artwork.

This collection consists of 5 series, Art, Clippings/Publicity, Speeches and Writings, Travel, and Architectural Photographs.