Guide to the Lionel Spiro Papers,
undated, 1909-2013
(bulk 1945-2013)
 
P-1032

Processed by Lindsay Sprechman

American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives

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Boston, Massachusetts

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Lindsay Sprechman, June 28, 2017. Finding aid was encoded by Lindsay Sprechman on June 28, 2017. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Spiro, Lionel
Title: Lionel Spiro Papers
Dates:undated, 1909-2013 (bulk 1945-2013)
Abstract: This collection contains business records, correspondence, news clippings, photographs, meeting minutes, memoranda, architectural plans, promotional materials, publications, and reports documenting the personal, professional, and charitable life of Lionel Spiro. It contains materials on the 1964 founding of Charrette, an art and architectural supply company he co-founded, and its subsequent growth into a national enterprise, as well as Spiro’s work with various organizations, including the Boston Athenæum, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the Harvard Alumni Association, and the Harvard Club of Boston.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 23.6 linear feet (22 document boxes, 1 oversized box)
Identification: P-1032
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Biographical Note

Lionel Spiro at Charrette, undated

Lionel Spiro was born on March 5, 1939 in Fall River, Massachusetts to Harry and Caroline (Schapiro) Spiro. He graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River in 1956 and went on to attend Harvard College, earning his B.A. in Government and Architecture in 1960. He then went to the Harvard Graduate School of Design (HGSD), graduating in 1963 with his Master of Architecture. In the fall of 1960, while studying at HGSD, Spiro and fellow student John Dyer opened a small architectural supply store on campus, giving students a place to purchase various school supplies in a single location at discounted prices. In 1962, they turned the store over to students Blair Brown and Terry Schnadelbach.

From 1961-1964, Spiro was licensed by Buckminster Fuller, known for his geodesic dome design, to manufacture and sell children’s gyms, known as Playdomes, based on Fuller’s design. These structures were on display at various local events, such as Filene’s rooftop circuses in 1963 and 1964. Beginning in 1962, Spiro was hired by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), where he worked on community rehabilitation projects.

In 1964, recognizing that the Boston-Cambridge metro area was one of the leading design communities in the country, and at a time when there was a massive increase in government funding for building and construction projects due to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society initiative, Spiro and Blair Brown founded Charrette, a supply store for architects, engineers, artists, and others in the design industry. The partners first rented a small storefront at 279A Broadway near Cambridge, Massachusetts’s Central Square. That year, Spiro left his job at the BRA to devote full attention to Charrette.

By the summer of 1965, with leading architectural firms purchasing supplies from them, Spiro and Brown opened a 1,600 square foot store at 10 Mount Auburn Street in Harvard Square, also in Cambridge. In 1966, Charrette merged with Stone Reprographics, a blueprinting and copying business. In June 1967, Charrette moved to 2000 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, and in July 1969 opened a warehouse at 2067 Massachusetts Avenue.

Charrette went on to expand its presence into a variety of cities in the Northeast, including New York City, where the company opened a branch in January 1970. Charrette also opened a branch in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1969, but closed it 18 months later. Over the years, Charrette acquired other design supply, distribution, and reprographic firms, and expanded further into Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

In 1977, Charrette moved its headquarters to 31 Olympia Avenue in Woburn, Massachusetts. Over the next twenty years, through its three main divisions— commercial products, reprographic services, and retail sales—and its expansion into computer-based modeling and image display technology, Charrette grew into the largest independent provider of imaging products and services to the professional design industry in the United States. In 1997, Berkshire Partners LLC purchased Charrette. After its sale, the business continued to operate under the name Charrette until 2010.

Spiro was involved in various local organizations, often times serving as a director, trustee, or committee member. From 1987-2002, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Boston Athenæum, during which time he also sat on its various committees, including acting as chair of Architectural/Building Committee during the Athenæum’s major renovations in the late 1990s and early 2000s and co-chair of the Twenty-First Century Fund committee, which worked to raise money for capital improvements.

Spiro was also quite active in affairs related to his alma mater, Harvard University. He served as a director of the Harvard Alumni Association from 1983-1986, sat on the university’s National Major Gifts Committee and Committee on University Resources, as well as served as chairman of the Class of 1960 Steering Committee for the Harvard College Campaign. Additionally, from 1984-1990, Spiro sat on the Board of Governors of the Harvard Club of Boston, a private social club restricted to alumni of Harvard and other select universities, and worked as its membership chairman from 1987 to 1988.

From 1981-1984, Spiro was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and served on the college’s President’s Advisory Board from 1979-1980. He also was on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Foundation from 1985-1988. Similarly in the art world, Spiro was a Trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and an Overseer of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Other organizations in which Spiro was active include First Night, Boston’s annual New Year’s celebration; Executive Service Corps, a volunteer consulting service to nonprofits; Brookline Community Foundation; The Trustees of Reservations, a land conservation and preservation organization; Boston Society of Architects, for which he received an honorary membership in 1991; and a number of other organizations devoted to philanthropy, environmental causes, and community affairs, many of which he continues to be involved with to this day.

Spiro married Joann (Rosen) in 1964, and had two children, Laura and Daniel. They divorced in 1977, and Spiro married Vivian (Kemp) in 1984, with whom he also had two children, Rebecca and Julia.

References

Materials in the collection.

Chronology of Lionel Spiro

March 5, 1939 Lionel Spiro is born in Fall River, Massachusetts.
1956 Spiro graduates from B.M.C. Durfee High School.
1960 Spiro earns his B.A. in Government and Architecture from Harvard College.
1960 Spiro and John Dyer open a supply store on Harvard's campus.
1961-1964 Spiro manufactures and sells Playdomes.
1962-1964 Spiro works at the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA).
1963 Spiro earns his M.Arch. from Harvard's Graduate School of Design.
1964 Spiro and Blair Brown found Charrette and rent a storefront at 279A Broadway in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1965 Charrette moves to a bigger space at 10 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1966 Charrette merges with Stone Reprographics.
June 1967 Charrette moves to 2000 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
July 1969 Charrette opens a warehouse at 2067 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1969-1971 Charrette operates a branch in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
January 1970 Charrette opens a branch in New York, New York.
1977 Charrette moves its headquarters to 31 Olympia Avenue in Woburn, Massachussetts.
1981-1984 Spiro serves on the Board of Trustees of the Massachussetts College of Art and Design.
1983-1986 Spiro serves as a Director of the Harvard Alumni Association.
1984-1990 Spiro sits on the Board of Governors of the Harvard Club of Boston.
1985-1988 Spiro sits on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Foundation.
1987-2002 Spiro serves on the Board of Trustees of the Boston Athenæum.
1991 Spiro receives an honorary membership award from the Boston Society of Architects.
1997 Berkshire Partners LLC purchases Charrette.
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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains business records, correspondence, news clippings, photographs, meeting minutes, memoranda, architectural plans, promotional materials, publications, and reports documenting the personal, professional, and charitable work of Lionel Spiro. This collection contains materials related to the founding and management of Charrette, an art and architectural supply company he established in 1964 with Blair Brown, and its growth into a major national supply company with stores throughout the Northeast and in Puerto Rico. The collection also describes Spiro’s professional life before the founding of Charrette, including his work at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and his manufacturing of the Playdome, a geodesic dome gym based on the Buckminster Fuller’s designs. Additionally, this collection documents Spiro’s involvement in numerous organizations, many of which he served as a director or a trustee, including the Boston Athenæum, Boston Society of Architects, Harvard Club of Boston, Harvard Alumni Association, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Also included is a small collection of personal materials, such as Spiro’s academic work at Harvard College and Harvard Graduate School of Design, as well as personal correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings. Some folders, and entire subseries, (Series II, Subseries A: Boston Athenæum and Series II, Subseries G: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) are restricted. Series I, Subseries M: Sale is restricted until 2022.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility. Series II, Subseries A: Boston Athenæum and Series II, Subseries G: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are restricted. Series I, Subseries M: Sale is restricted until 2022.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Harry Spiro Papers, P-1005

Boston Athenæum Archives

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Archives

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Lionel Spiro Papers; P-1032; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Lionel Spiro, 2014 and 2015.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Click the box in the request column to learn more about viewing materials at the New England Archives of AJHS.

 

Series I: Charrette, undated, 1965-2002

English.
Boxes 1-10, OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains meeting minutes, correspondence, catalogs, financial documents, receipts, reports, business plans, budgets, news clippings, and photographs documenting Spiro’s art and architectural supply firm, Charrette, from its founding in 1964 to its sale in 1997. Included are Board of Directors meeting minutes, sales figures, financial statements, correspondence detailing the company’s daily business affairs, and materials on Charrette’s branches in New York City, Puerto Rico, and on the Harvard campus. This series also documents Charrette’s involvement in establishing Ditto, a majority minority-owned blueprinting, copying, and reprographic company; its membership in National Art Industries; and its environmental cleanup efforts after an underground gasoline storage tank leak at its property in Woburn, Massachusetts. Furthermore, it contains materials on Charrette’s sale to Berkshire Partners LLC in 1997. Some folders are restricted. Subseries M: Sale is restricted until 2022.

Subseries A: Administrative, undated, 1970-1997

English.
Box 1, OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes meeting minutes, lists, correspondence, organizational charts, and procedures relating to the administration and management of Charrette. It also contains an overview of the company, strategic plans, company histories, and staff information. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
111996 Plan1996request_box
121997 Plan1997request_box
13Company Overviewundatedrequest_box
14Company Wide Forms/Standard Policies1972-1973request_box
15Corporate Directory1996-1997request_box
16History, Present Condition, and Forecast1970request_box
17Meetings—Management Update1980request_box
18Meetings—Managers1989request_box
19Meetings—Planning Conference1979request_box
110Meetings—Planning/Strategy1989-1991request_box
111Meetings—Quarterly Communications1995request_box
112Order Processing Team Concept1988request_box
113Organizational Charts1979-1996request_box
114Organizational Charts—Reorganization1992request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS1Organizational Charts—Oversized1972-1980request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
115Procedures—Bonuses1975-1978request_box
116Procedures—Inventory1970request_box
117Procedures—Mail1979-1980request_box
118Procedures—Operations Manual of Procedures for United Parcel Service and United States Mail1976request_box
119Procedures—Year End Inventory and Perpetual Inventory Preparation1978request_box
120Retirements—Beal, Robert [restricted]1984-1985request_box
121Retirements—Brown, Blair [restricted]1991-1996request_box
122S Corporation Status1996request_box
123Staff List [restricted]1995request_box
124Staff Manualsundated, 1988request_box
125Taxes1967request_box
126Three Year Plan1970srequest_box
127Wholesale Framing Business Review1989-1995request_box

Subseries B: Board of Directors, 1970-1997

English.
Boxes 1-2.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains Board of Directors meeting minutes from Charrette’s early years until its sale in 1997. It also contains files on individuals who served on the Board of Directors.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
128Individuals—Donaldson, David1989-1994request_box
129Individuals—Golding, Jordan1989request_box
130Individuals—Gurnitz, Robert1989-1993request_box
131Individuals—Hammer, Joseph W.1990request_box
132Individuals—Salem, Richard1989-1993request_box
133Individuals—Solomon, Peter1989request_box
134Meetings—19701970request_box
135Meetings—19711971request_box
136Meetings—19721972request_box
137Meetings—19731973request_box
138Meetings—19741974request_box
139Meetings—19751975request_box
140Meetings—19761976request_box
141Meetings—19771977request_box
142Meetings—19781978request_box
143Meetings—19791979request_box
144Meetings—19801980request_box
145Meetings—19811981request_box
146Meetings—19821982request_box
147Meetings—19831983request_box
148Meetings—September 15, 19891989request_box
149Meetings—November 10, 19891989request_box
150Meetings—March 2, 19901990request_box
151Meetings—Long Range Strategic Planning Retreats1990request_box
152Meetings—July 26, 19901990request_box
153Meetings—October 26, 19901990request_box
154Meetings—February 22, 19911991request_box
155Meetings—April 26, 19911991request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
21Meetings—July 18, 19911991request_box
22Meetings—October 25, 19911991request_box
23Meetings—March 13, 19921992request_box
24Meetings—May 14, 19921992request_box
25Meetings—July 30, 19921992request_box
26Meetings—November 4, 19921992request_box
27Meetings—January 21, 19931993request_box
28Meetings—July 28, 19931993request_box
29Meetings—December 15, 19931993request_box
210Meetings—March 15, 19941994request_box
211Meetings—May 25, 19941994request_box
212Meetings—August 25, 19941994request_box
213Meetings—November 11, 19941994request_box
214Meetings—March 14, 19951995request_box
215Meetings—August 14, 19951995request_box
216Meetings—November 10, 19951995request_box
217Meetings—March 12, 19961996request_box
218Meetings—August 14, 19961996request_box
219Meetings—November 15, 19961996request_box
220Meetings—March 11, 19971997request_box

Subseries C: Catalogs and Promotional Materials, undated, 1964-1998

English.
Box 2, OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes Charrette’s various sales catalogs, brochures, pamphlets, and publicity.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS2Advertisementcirca 1964request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
221Catalogsundated, 1964-1993request_box
222Catalogsundated, 1985-1992request_box
223Catalogs1994, 1998request_box
224Fine Arts Catalog Proposals1988request_box
225Miscellaneous Brochuresundatedrequest_box
226Publicity and PR1964-1977request_box

Subseries D: Charrette New York, undated, 1969-1984

English.
Box 3.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains materials related to Charrette’s New York City branch, opened in 1970. It includes customer contact cards, information on local competition, an organizational overview of the branch, and an investigation into employees’ possible embezzlement of business funds and other misconduct. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
31Competition1969-1984request_box
32Contactsundatedrequest_box
33Early History1969request_box
34Employee Misconduct Investigation [restricted]1975request_box
35General Organizationundatedrequest_box
36L&N Graphics1969-1970request_box

Subseries E: Charrette Puerto Rico, 1968-1971

English.
Box 3.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes contact cards, account statements, customer lists, financial documents, contracts, and a scrapbook documenting Charrette’s 1969 opening of a branch in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and its closing eighteen months later. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
37Closing1971request_box
38Contacts1969-1971request_box
39Corporate Resolutions1969request_box
310Customer Account Statements [1 of 2]1970-1971request_box
311Customer Account Statements [2 of 2]1970-1971request_box
312Customers [1 of 2]1969-1971request_box
313Customers [2 of 2]1969-1971request_box
314Determination of Personal Financial Statement [restricted]1968request_box
315Financial Correspondence1969-1971request_box
316Financial Statements1969-1970request_box
317Financials1969-1971request_box
318Miscellaneous1970-1971request_box
319Proposed Sale of the Puerto Rican Operation to Local Stakeholders1971request_box
320Prospective Customers1969-1971request_box
321Purchase and Sale Agreement between Charrette de Puerto Rico and Charrette Corp.1971request_box
322Rolodex Cards [1 of 2]1969-1971request_box
323Rolodex Cards [2 of 2]1969-1971request_box
324Scrapbook1968-1969request_box

Subseries F: Clients and Sales, undated, 1963-1996

English.
Boxes 3-4, OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains charts, graphs, correspondence, reports, receipts, and lists documenting Charrette’s clients, customers, vendors, and suppliers, as well as its sales and sales figures.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
325Cash Card Programundated, 1983request_box
326International Distribution1981-1983request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS3Sales Analyses—Oversized1970srequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
327Sales Analyses—Stone's1979-1982request_box
328Sales by State1996request_box
329Sales Projections1989-1991request_box
330Sales Reports1988-1997request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
41Sales Slips1963-1964request_box
42Sales Trend1995request_box
43State of the Company1993request_box
44The Architects Collaborative (TAC)1987-1995request_box
45Thévenon & Cie1966-1972request_box
46Top Customers1996request_box
47Vendors1964-1980request_box
48Vendors and Suppliers1995-1996request_box

Subseries G: Correspondence, 1965-1996

English.
Boxes 4-5.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes correspondence that document Charrette’s daily business dealings. It includes internal and external memoranda, legal correspondence, correspondence with customers, and other miscellaneous communications. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
49Balding, Mark [restricted]1989-1995request_box
410Brownstone [restricted]1986-1994request_box
411Brownstone [restricted]1986-1995request_box
412Christmas Card List1971request_box
413Department of Defense Security Clearance [restricted]1989-1992request_box
414Design Management Institute1979-1993request_box
415Ford, Jack1989-1995request_box
416Foundation Le Courboisier1987request_box
417Fung, Kenneth [restricted]1992-1994request_box
418Fung, Kenneth [restricted]1994-1995request_box
419Fung, Kenneth [restricted]1993-1994request_box
420General—A1969-1989request_box
421General—B [restricted]1986-1995request_box
422General—C1967-1994request_box
423General—K-M1980-1994request_box
424Graham Gund Associates1983-1988request_box
425Grimes Oil/Grimes, Kern1989-1994request_box
426Halpern, Denny, and Zook1992-1994request_box
427Harvard Small Business and New Enterprise Club Summer Employees1988request_box
428International Industries1969request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
51Legal—Ropes and Gray1965-1996request_box
52Legal—Testa, Hurwitz, & Thiebeault1996request_box
53Memos1968-1971request_box
54Memos1969-1979, 1990-1992request_box
55Memos1991request_box
56Memos1994request_box
57Memos—From Blair Brown1968-1970request_box
58Memos—Staff1995request_box
59Molecudyne1974request_box
510Salutations1973request_box
511Stone, Fred/Fred Stone Reprographics [restricted]1969-1998request_box

Subseries H: Ditto, 1988-1993

English.
Box 5.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains articles of organization, correspondence, business plans, and real estate dealings relating to Ditto, a majority minority-owned copying, blueprinting, and reprographing firm in which Charrette had 49 percent ownership.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
512Articles of Organization1989request_box
513Austin, Harold1989-1990request_box
514Business Plan1989request_box
515Dissolution1992-1993request_box
516Grimes, Kern1988-1989request_box
517Investors and Prospective Investors1988-1990request_box
518Miscellaneous1988-1989request_box
519Mullen Printing1988-1989request_box
520New England Minority Purchasing Council, Inc.1988-1990request_box
521New England Minority Purchasing Council, Inc.1988-1990request_box
522Payne, Rene1989request_box
523Real Estate1989request_box
524Real Estate—Lease1989request_box
525Search for President1988request_box
526Thompson, Bill1988request_box

Subseries I: Finances, 1966-1997, 1966-1997

English.
Boxes 5-6, OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by date.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes stock valuation reports, financial statements, budgets, investment plans, and balance sheets documenting Charrette’s finances. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
527Budgets1994-1997request_box
528Business Information Reports1972-1997request_box
529Common Stock Valuation1976request_box
530Common Stock Valuation1977request_box
531Common Stock Valuation1978request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
61Common Stock Valuation1979request_box
62Common Stock Valuation1980request_box
63Common Stock Valuation1981request_box
64Common Stock Valuation1982request_box
65Common Stock Valuation1983request_box
66Common Stock Valuation1984request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS4Employee Stock Investment Plan Participation [restricted]1985request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
67Employee Stock Ownership Plan1980request_box
68Executive Incentive Compensation Plan1992-1997request_box
69Financial Statements1965request_box
610Financial Statements1966request_box
611Financial Statements1967request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS5Financial Statements1967-1968request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
612Financial Statements1969request_box
613Financial Statements1970request_box
614Financial Statements1990request_box
615Financial Statements1991request_box
616Financial Statements1992request_box
617Financial Statements1993request_box
618Financial Statements1995request_box
619Financial Statements1997request_box
620Historical Balance Sheets1995-1997request_box
621Memorandum of Suggestions Relating to Accounting Procedures and Internal Control1971request_box
622Stock Agreement and Information1980-1997request_box
623Stock Investment Plan1982request_box

Subseries J: Harvard Graduate School of Design, 1971-1992

English.
Box 6.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes correspondence and news clippings related to Charrette’s dealing with the HGSD, including early concerns about competition between Charrette and the supply store on campus, and the 1980 opening and 1992 closing of a Charrette branch on campus.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
624Store Opening1980request_box
625Store Closing1992request_box
626Miscellaneous Correspondence1971-1972request_box

Subseries K: Miscellaneous, undated, 1967-1996

English.
Boxes 6-7.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains correspondence, business plans, ephemera, photographs, floppy discs, and microcassettes documenting Charrette’s miscellaneous business dealings. Included are brochures and a business plan for Seats, a subsidiary of Charrette selling office chairs; system backups on floppy discs; company stationery; and photographs of Charrette stores and employees throughout the years. Some folders are restricted. Floppy discs and miscrocassettes have been removed from the collection for proper storage and are identified with a separation of materials form.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
627Bulletin Board Itemsundated, 1970request_box
628Charrette (Word)1968-1994request_box
629Charrette Computer Sales - A Philosophy Statement1984request_box
630Contactsundatedrequest_box
631Entrepreneur of the Year Institute [restricted]1988-1995request_box
632Food Co-op1973-1974request_box
633Hanscom Air Force Base Civic Leader Tour1996request_box
634Legal Issues1986-1987request_box
635Miscellaneous Floppy Discs (Backups, Memos, etc.)1990srequest_box
636Miscellaneous Microcassettesundatedrequest_box
637National Art Materials Trade Association (NAMTA)1967-1949request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
71Photographsundated, 1977-1986request_box
72Photographsundatedrequest_box
73School Supplies Industry: An Assessment1988request_box
74Seats—Brochuresundatedrequest_box
75Seats—Business Plan1993request_box
76Stationeryundatedrequest_box
77Ten Year Employment Dinner1980-1982request_box

Subseries L: National Arts Industries, 1969-1981

English.
Box 7.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes materials related National Art Industries, an organization formed in 1969 by the nation’s leading art supply stores to combine efforts in areas such as cataloguing, manufacturing, and purchasing, and of which Charrette was a shareholder until 1981. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
78Board of Directors Meetings [restricted]1972-1979request_box
79Conference (London)1977request_box
710Conference (Orlando)1981request_box
711Conference (Puerto Rico)1979request_box
712Correspondence1969-1981request_box
713Financial Statements1971-1981request_box
714Organization1969-1970request_box
715Reports1970-1978request_box
716Shareholders Agreement1973request_box
717Stock Purchase and Sale1970-1981request_box
718Stockholders' Meeting [restricted]1972-1981request_box

Subseries M: Sale [restricted until 2022], 1996-2002

English.
Box 8.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains financial documents, studies, legal correspondence, contracts, and presentations related to Charrette’s 1997 sale to Berkshire Partners LLC. It also includes materials related to the numerous other companies who proposed acquiring Charrette during this time. This subseries is restricted until 2022.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
81Agents1996request_box
82Closing—Calculations1997request_box
83Closing—Executive Bonuses1997request_box
84Confidential Descriptive Memo1997request_box
85Discussion Material1996request_box
86Final Bids Summary1997request_box
87Final Sale to Berkshire Partners1997request_box
88Final Sale to Berkshire Partners—Closing Dinner1997request_box
89Letter to Staff re: Sale1997request_box
810Letters of Congratulations1997request_box
811Management Presentations1997request_box
812Post-sale Charrette1997-2002request_box
813Post-sale Charrette—Sale to Grupo Picking Pack SA1999request_box
814Potential Sale to Tre-Cor1995request_box
815Proposed Acquisition—Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co., Inc.1997request_box
816Proposed Acquisition—Concord Investment Partners1997request_box
817Proposed Acquisition—Corporate Express1997request_box
818Proposed Acquisition—Desai Capital1997request_box
819Proposed Acquisition—First Atlantic Capital Ltd.1997request_box
820Proposed Acquisition—Fleet Equity Partners1997request_box
821Proposed Acquisition—Freeman Spogli & Co.1997request_box
822Proposed Acquisition—Golder, Thoma, Cressey, Rauner, Inc.1997request_box
823Proposed Acquisition—Hudson River Capital1997request_box
824Proposed Acquisition—Madison Dearborn Partners, Inc.1997request_box
825Proposed Acquisition—Preliminary Offers1997request_box
826Proposed Acquisition—TA Portfolio Companies1997request_box
827Proposed Acquisition—Triumph Capital/Azon Corporation1997request_box
828Proposed Acquisition—US Office Products1997request_box
829Recapitalization1997request_box
830Stock Purchase Agreement1997request_box
831Valuation Study1997request_box
832Work with Furman Selz (Project Picasso)1997request_box

Subseries N: Woburn Properties, undated, 1976-1996

English.
Boxes 9-10, OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes financial documents, reports, correspondence, studies, maps, and news clippings on Charrette’s property in Woburn, Massachusetts, where it moved its headquarters in 1977. Included are contacts, correspondence, and other information on Woburn officials, and materials on the purchase of its property at 31 Olympia Avenue. This subseries also contains documents on a small leak from an underground gasoline tank, and the subsequent work with the Environmental Protection Agency and contractors to clean up the site. Furthermore, this subseries includes reports and news clippings on the high-profile water contamination case in Woburn in the early 1980s. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
9131 Olympia Avenue—Construction1977-1979request_box
9231 Olympia Avenue—License and Applications1978-1979request_box
9331 Olympia Avenue—Refinancing1983, 1990request_box
9431 Olympia Avenue—Sale1989-1991request_box
9531 Olympia Avenue—Sale1992-1993request_box
96City of Woburn1986-1992request_box
97Cummings Properties/Cummings Industrial Centers1977-1996request_box
98Environmental—"A Civil Action"1995request_box
99Environmental—Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Quality Engineering Waiver Application1991-1994request_box
910Environmental—Correspondence—EPA1989request_box
911Environmental—Correspondence—Miscellaneous1990-1995request_box
912Environmental—Ecology and Environment, Inc.1981request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS6Environmental—Ecology and Environment, Inc.—Field Investigation of Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites1981request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
913Environmental—Escrow Agreement1991-1994request_box
914Environmental—Gas Readings1991-1993request_box
915Environmental—GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.—Correspondence1990-1991request_box
916Environmental—GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.—Correspondence1992-1993request_box
917Environmental—GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.—Correspondence1994request_box
918Environmental—GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.—Invoices1990-1995request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS7Environmental—GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.—Maps1992request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
919Environmental—GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.—Reports—Immediate Response Action Completion Report1994request_box
920Environmental—GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.—Reports—Phase I: Limited Site Investigation1990request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
101Environmental—GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.—Reports—Phase I: Limited Site Investigation (draft)1990request_box
102Environmental—GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.—Reports—Phase II: Comprehensive Site Assessment1992request_box
103Environmental—GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.—Reports—Phase II: Comprehensive Site Assessment (draft)1992request_box
104Environmental—GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.—Reports—Phase II: Scope of Work1992request_box
105Environmental—GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.—Reports—Results of Sampling Analysis1996request_box
106Environmental—Hazardous Waste Fund Raising1980-1982request_box
107Environmental—Miscellaneous1980-1986request_box
108Environmental—News Clippings on Water Contamination Crisis1980-1982request_box
109Environmental—North Suburban Chamber of Commerce1980-1981request_box
1010Environmental—Photographsundatedrequest_box
1011Environmental—Reports—"Cancer Incidence and Environmental Hazards, 1969-1978"1981request_box
1012Environmental—Reports—"Hazardous Wastes in Woburn"1980request_box
1013Environmental—Reports—North Suburban Chamber of Commerce1981-1982request_box
1014Environmental—Reports—"Plan for Investigation of Hazardous Waste Problems: Woburn, Massachusetts"1980request_box
1015Environmental—Underground Storage Tank Fees and Receipts1993-1994request_box
1016Environmental—Underground Storage Tank Regulations1990-1991request_box
1017Financial Statements1976-1981request_box
1018Lease Assignment1987request_box
1019Miscellaneousundated, 1989-1994request_box
1020Mortgage1986-1990request_box
1021Real Estate Financing1994request_box
1022Woburn Politicians1993-1995request_box
1023Woburn Signs1992-1995request_box
1024Woburn Transportation Improvements [restricted]1995request_box
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Series II: Organizations, undated, 1909-2013

English.
Boxes 11-20, OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains meeting minutes, architectural plans, correspondence, financial documents, lists, project files, awards, news clippings, reports, and publications that detail Spiro’s work and involvement in a variety of philanthropic, cultural, and environmental organizations, for many of which he served as a committee member, director, or trustee. This series mainly includes materials on his work with the Boston Athenæum, a membership library that is among the oldest and most renowned independent libraries in the nation, and with groups related to his alma mater, Harvard University, particularly the Harvard Alumni Association and the Harvard Club of Boston. It also documents his work with the Boston Society of Architects, Brookline Community Fund, Executive Service Corps, First Night, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Living Alternative Magazine, The Trustees of Reservations, and a number of other organizations. Subseries A: Boston Athenæum and Subseries G: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are restricted.

Subseries A: Boston Athenæum [restricted], 1987-2005

English.
Boxes 11-14, OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains meeting minutes, architectural plans, correspondence, and financial papers documenting Spiro’s work at the Boston Athenæum, for which he served as member or chair of various committees, including the Architectural/Building and Twenty-First Century Fund committees, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees. This subseries is restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
111Analysis of 14 Beacon Street Opportunity Prepared for Boston Athenæum2005request_box
112Board of Trustees Meetings1987request_box
113Board of Trustees Meetings1988request_box
114Board of Trustees Meetings1989request_box
115Board of Trustees Meetings1990request_box
116Board of Trustees Meetings1991request_box
117Board of Trustees Meetings1992request_box
118Board of Trustees Meetings1993request_box
119Board of Trustees Meetings1994request_box
1110Board of Trustees Meetings1995request_box
1111Board of Trustees Meetings1996request_box
1112Board of Trustees Meetings1997request_box
1113Board of Trustees Meetings1998request_box
1114Board of Trustees Meetings1999request_box
1115Board of Trustees Meetings2000request_box
1116Board of Trustees Meetings2000-2003request_box
1117Board of Trustees Meetings2002request_box
1118Board of Trustees Visit to Philadelphia1994request_box
1119Boston Globe Foundation1990request_box
1120Committees—Architectural/Building1994-1999 request_box
1121Committees—Architectural/Building—25 Year Plan1990-1991request_box
1122Committees—Architectural/Building—Architects1988-1990request_box
1123Committees—Architectural/Building—Architectural History1992request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS8Committees—Architectural/Building—Architectural Plans1989-1997request_box
OS9Committees—Architectural/Building—Architectural Plansrequest_box
OS10Committees—Architectural/Building—Budget Estimate1994request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1124Committees—Architectural/Building—Elevator1989-1990request_box
1125Committees—Architectural/Building—Fundraising1991-1993request_box
1126Committees—Architectural/Building—History of Architecture Fees1991request_box
1127Committees—Architectural/Building—Meeting Minutes1990-1991request_box
1128Committees—Architectural/Building—Miscellaneous1987-1990request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
121Committees—Architectural/Building—Miscellaneous1991request_box
122Committees—Architectural/Building—Miscellaneous1994-1995request_box
123Committees—Architectural/Building—Miscellaneous1994-1999request_box
124Committees—Architectural/Building—Miscellaneous Plans1990-1991request_box
125Committees—Architectural/Building—Security, Fire, and Smoke1991request_box
126Committees—Architectural/Building—Shelving Capacity1989-1991request_box
127Committees—Architectural/Building—Space Studies1990-1991request_box
128Committees—Architectural/Building—Waterproofing1990request_box
129Committees—Artundated, 1988-1993request_box
1210Committees—Audit1998-2001request_box
1211Committees—Budget1996-2005request_box
1212Committees—Budget1988-1996request_box
1213Committees—Children's2000request_box
1214Committees—Community Affairs1996-2002request_box
1215Committees—Development1996-2002request_box
1216Committees—Fine Arts1994request_box
1217Committees—Investment1996-1997request_box
1218Committees—Investment [1 of 2]2000-2003request_box
1219Committees—Investment [2 of 2]2000-2003request_box
1220Committees—Library1993request_box
1221Committees—Long Range Planningrequest_box
1222Committees—Membership1989-1994request_box
1223Committees—Membership1998-2003request_box
1224Committees—Miscellaneous1993request_box
1225Committees—Nominating1998-2000request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
131Committees—Standing1998-2003request_box
132Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Assignment Lists1995-2000request_box
133Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Case Statement for the Twenty-First Century Fund1995request_box
134Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Evaluation Report of the IDC Phone/Mail Telecommunications Program2001request_box
135Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Executive Committee1998-2001request_box
136Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Gala1998request_box
137Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Gift Summaries1999-2001request_box
138Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Meetings1994-1995request_box
139Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Meetings1995-1999request_box
1310Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Meetings1998-2002request_box
1311Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Miscellaneous1996-2001request_box
1312Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Preliminary Plan to Complete1999request_box
1313Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Preliminary Proposal/Comprehensive Campaign2000request_box
1314Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Prospect Profiles1999request_box
1315Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Prospect Profiles, A-G1995-2000request_box
1316Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Prospect Profiles, H-M1995-1999request_box
1317Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Prospect Profiles, N-Z1995-1999request_box
1318Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Solicitation Letters1995-1999request_box
1319Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Solicitation Letters1999-2000request_box
1320Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Stationaryundatedrequest_box
1321Committees—Twenty-First Century Fund—Subscription Formundatedrequest_box
1322Computerization1988-1995request_box
1323Congregational House Expansion1992-1993request_box
1324Correspondence1987-1988request_box
1325Director Search—Interviews1996request_box
1326Director Search—Planning1996request_box
1327Disaster Plan1990request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
141Fundraising1988-1993request_box
142Fundraising1989-1994request_box
143Fundraising—Corporate1995-1996request_box
144Fundraising—Gift Detail1985-1990request_box
145Life Members/Proprietors1998request_box
146Miscellaneous1993request_box
147Mission Statement1989request_box
148Posters and Prints1988-1989request_box
149Preservation Planning Survey1994request_box
1410Renovation Plans1999request_box
1411Retirement Task Force—Armstrong, Rodney1996-1997request_box
1412Shareowners1990-1994request_box
1413Store1995request_box
1414Strategic Plan2001request_box
1415Telecommunications System1994request_box

Subseries B: Boston Society of Architects, 1985-2001

English.
Box 15, OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes correspondence, financial documents, awards, brochures, and legal documents that showcase Spiro’s work with the Boston Society of Architects, including his involvement in securing their building at 50 Broad Street in Boston. Also included is his work as a member of the Editorial Committee, a transcript of his acceptance speech for his 1991 Honorary Membership Award, and letters of congratulations following the honor.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
151Bookshop1986-1990request_box
152Boston Foundation for Architecture1985-1987request_box
153Boston Harbor Visions1995request_box
154Building1989-1993request_box
155Building—Friends of 50 Broad Street1990-1991request_box
156Building—Fundraising1989-1993request_box
157Building—Guarantors [restricted]1989-1992request_box
158Editorial Board1997-2001request_box
159Finances [restricted]1989-1992request_box
1510Honorary Membership Award1991request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS11Honorary Membership Award—Oversized Award1991request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1511Miscellaneous1988-1993request_box

Subseries C: Brookline Community Fund, undated, 1999-2013

English.
Box 15.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains meeting minutes, donor lists, and correspondence related to the Brookline Community Fund, for which Spiro sat on the Board of Trustees and worked on various committees.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1512Board of Trustees1999-2002request_box
1513Committees—Development1999-2003request_box
1514Committees—Finance2000-2002request_box
1515Committees—Grants1999-2002request_box
1516Committees—Investment2000-2013request_box
1517Contributions2004request_box
1518Generalundated, 2002request_box
1519Governance1999request_box

Subseries D: Executive Service Corps, 2000-2003

English.
Boxes 15-16.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes meeting minutes, correspondence and project files related to Spiro’s work with the Executive Service Corps, a volunteer consulting service to nonprofit organizations.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1520Board of Trustees2000-2003request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
161Committees—Development2001-2003request_box
162Committees—Finance2000-2002request_box
163Committees—Miscellaneous2001-2002request_box
164Miscellaneous2000-2003request_box
165Projects2000request_box

Subseries E: First Night, undated, 1977-2000

English.
Box 16, OS
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes news clippings, correspondence, and meeting minutes regarding Spiro’s involvement in First Night, an annual Boston New Year’s Eve celebration that still continues to this day. Spiro served a director of the organization from 1978-1979.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
166First Night 19771977request_box
167First Night 19781977-1978request_box
168First Night 19791978-1979request_box
169First Night 19801979-1980request_box
1610First Night 19811980-1981request_box
1611First Night 20001999-2000request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OST-shirtundated, 1978request_box

Subseries F: Harvard University, 1978-2005

English.
Boxes 16-17, OS
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains meeting minutes, correspondence, news clippings, reports, financial papers, lists, news clippings, and architectural plans documenting Spiro’s work with various organizations related to his alma mater, Harvard University, including the Harvard Alumni Association, the Harvard Campaign, and the Harvard Club of Boston. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1612350th Anniversary—General1986request_box
1613350th Anniversary—Graduate School of Design1986request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS12350th Anniversary—News Clippings1986request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1614350th Anniversary—John F. Kennedy School of Government1986request_box
1615Committee on University Resources1981-1992request_box
1616Graduate School of Design1982request_box
1617Harvard Alumni Association—Board of Trustees and Miscellaneous Committee Meetings1984-1986request_box
1618Harvard Alumni Association—Class of 1960—1980 Commencement Marshalls1980request_box
1619Harvard Alumni Association—Class of 1960—20th Reunion1980request_box
1620Harvard Alumni Association—Class of 1960—25th Reunion1985request_box
1621Harvard Alumni Association—Class of 1960—25th Reunion—Anniversary Reports1984-1985 request_box
1622Harvard Alumni Association—Class of 1960—30th Reunion1990request_box
1623Harvard Alumni Association—Class of 1960—45th Reunion2005request_box
1624Harvard Alumni Association—Class of 1960—Chief Marshall Nominating Committee1984-1985request_box
1625Harvard Alumni Association—Class of 1960—Final Clubs1983request_box
1626Harvard Alumni Association—Class of 1960—Harvard College Fund1978-1987request_box
1627Harvard Alumni Association—Classes and Reunions Committee1985request_box
1628Harvard Alumni Association—Committee Assignments1984-1985request_box
1629Harvard Alumni Association—Committee of Six1985-1986request_box
1630Harvard Alumni Association—Election to Board of Directors1983request_box
1631Harvard Alumni Association—Marshalls, Class Officers, etc.1979-1980request_box
1632Harvard Art Museums1985-1985request_box
1633Harvard Band Foundation [restricted]1986-1989request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
171Harvard Campaign—Class of 1960—Gift Listings [restricted]1984-1985request_box
172Harvard Campaign—Class of 1960—Gift Reports1980request_box
173Harvard Campaign—Class of 1960—"Lost" Classmates1984request_box
174Harvard Campaign—Class of 1960—Miscellaneous1984-1987request_box
175Harvard Campaign—Class of 1960—Progress Reports1979-1981request_box
176Harvard Campaign—Class of 1960—Statistics1980-1981request_box
177Harvard Campaign—Class of 1960—Steering Committee1980request_box
178Harvard Campaign—Class of 1960—Steering Committee—Prospect Assignment Forms [restricted]1980request_box
179Harvard Campaign—National Major Gifts [restricted]1980-1984request_box
1710Harvard Campaign—National Major Gifts1982-1986request_box
1711Harvard Campaign—Post-Campaign Fundraising1985request_box
1712Harvard Club of Boston—Ad Hoc Committee on Food1989request_box
1713Harvard Club of Boston—Board of Governors Meetings1985request_box
1714Harvard Club of Boston—Board of Governors Meetings1986request_box
1715Harvard Club of Boston—Board of Governors Meetings1987request_box
1716Harvard Club of Boston—Board of Governors Meetings1988request_box
1717Harvard Club of Boston—Board of Governors Meetings1989request_box
1718Harvard Club of Boston—Board of Governors Meetings1990request_box
1719Harvard Club of Boston—Bulletins1984-1988request_box
1720Harvard Club of Boston—Capital Improvements Project1986request_box
1721Harvard Club of Boston—Committee Listings1987-1988request_box
1722Harvard Club of Boston—Committee of Elections1987request_box
1723Harvard Club of Boston—Correspondence1987-1990request_box
1724Harvard Club of Boston—Correspondence—Applicants1986-1988request_box
1725Harvard Club of Boston—Facility Expansion1984-1987request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS13Harvard Club of Boston—Facility Expansion—Architectural Plans1988request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1726Harvard Club of Boston—Finances1984-1987request_box
1727Harvard Club of Boston—Invoices1988-1989request_box
1728Harvard Club of Boston—Membership Committee1987-1988request_box
1729Harvard Club of Boston—Membership Committee—Advertising1987request_box
1730Harvard Club of Boston—Membership Committee—Correspondence1987-1988request_box
1731Harvard Club of Boston—Membership Committee—Harvard Extension School Alumni Eligibility1983-1987request_box
1732Harvard Club of Boston—Membership Committee—Life Memberships1988request_box
1733Harvard Club of Boston—Membership Committee—Procedures1988request_box
1734Harvard Club of Boston—Membership Committee—Weekend Class Reunions1988request_box
1735Miscellaneous Correspondence1981-1987request_box

Subseries G: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum [restricted], undated, 1909-1994

English.
Box 18.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes meeting minutes, correspondence, postcards, reports, and financial documents describing Spiro’s activities at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, for which he was a trustee and sat on various committees. Spiro was active at the museum at the time of its infamous 1990 art theft, and some materials in this subseries cover the theft and its aftermath. This subseries is restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
181Committees—Advisory1987-1989request_box
182Committees—Benefactor Solicitation and Development [1 of 2]1990-1993request_box
183Committees—Benefactor Solicitation and Development [1 of 2]1990-1993request_box
184Committees—Nominating1991-1994request_box
185Conservation1988-1991request_box
186Corporate Membership (Charrette)1990-1992request_box
187Correspondence1986-1988request_box
188Correspondence1994request_box
189Financial Reports1989-1992request_box
1810Flamenco Project1992-1993request_box
1811Fundraising1990-1995request_box
1812Miscellaneous1990-1991request_box
1813Museum Shop1990-1991request_box
1814Postcards of Mrs. Jack Gardner's Venetian Palaceundated, 1909-1916request_box
1815Theft—Correspondence1990-1992request_box
1816Theft—News Clippings1990request_box
1817Trustees Meeting Minutes [1 of 2]1988request_box
1818Trustees Meeting Minutes [2 of 2]1988request_box
1819Volunteer Program1991-1992request_box

Subseries H: Living Alternatives Magazine, 1979-1981

English.
Box 19.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains magazine issues, correspondence, and financial documents related to Living Alternatives Magazine, a magazine focused on the sensible use of energy, food, and resources based out of Newton, Massachusetts. Spiro was a member of the Board of Trustees of the magazine.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
191Issues1979-1980request_box
192Issues1980request_box
193Issues1980-1981request_box
194Miscellaneous1980-1981request_box

Subseries I: Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 1977-1994

English.
Box 19, OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries documents Spiro’s involvement with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. It includes meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, and plans describing his time as a trustee and a member of the President’s Advisory Council, as well as materials on the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Foundation.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
195Board of Trustees1980-1984request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS14Board of Trustees—Certificate1981request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
196Board of Trustees—Five Year Plan (draft)circa 1981request_box
197Correspondence1979-1980request_box
198Massachusetts College of Art Foundation1988-1992request_box
199Massachusetts Design Council/Design Management Institute1979-1981request_box
1910Miscellaneous1989-1994request_box
1911Possible Move to Boston Naval Shipyard, Charlestown1977-1981request_box
1912President's Advisory Council (Formerly Friends of Mass Arts)1979-1982request_box
1913School Store1980-1983request_box
1914Visual Technology Center1983request_box

Subseries J: Other Organizations, 1985-2010

English.
Boxes 19-20.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries chronicles Spiro’s work with various miscellaneous organizations, including the Family-to-Family Project, which works to end homelessness in Massachusetts, and the Museum of Fine Arts, for which Spiro was an overseer. It also includes materials on Brookline’s The Country Club, where Spiro is a member, and its hosting of the 1999 Ryder Cup.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1915ADD Inc Corporate Advisors1994-1996request_box
1916ADD Inc Corporate Advisors1998-2000request_box
1917Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center2000-2007request_box
1918Brookline Parks and Recreation Commission1999request_box
1919Committee for Better Use of Air/Great Boston Kite Festival1976-1978request_box
1920Eli Whitney Museum1996request_box
1921Family-to-Family Project1989-1995request_box
1922Family-to-Family Project1997-2001request_box
1923Family-to-Family Project—Finances1994-1996request_box
1924Family-to-Family Project—Finances1997-2001request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
201Harvard Square Business Association1985request_box
202Max Warburg Courage Curriculum1997-2001request_box
203Museum of Afro American History1996-1998request_box
204Museum of Fine Arts1986-1996request_box
205Park School Building and Grounds Committee1997-1999request_box
206The Country Club1999-2010request_box
207United Way1998request_box

Subseries K: The Trustees of Reservations, undated, 1985-2001

English.
Box 20, OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains meeting minutes, correspondence, and publications related to Spiro’s work with The Trustees of the Reservation, a nonprofit land conservation and preservation organization, which owns and manages a host of historical and ecologically important properties in Massachusetts.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
208Chappaquiddick Local Committee [1 of 2]1985-2001request_box
209Chappaquiddick Local Committee [2 of 2]1985-2001request_box
2010Corporate Support Committee1985-1987request_box
2011Correspondence1985-1986request_box
2012Field Trip to Central Region1988request_box
2013Meetings1985-1988request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS15Parking Permits1985request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2014Publications—Miscellaneousundatedrequest_box
2015Publications—Newsletters1982-1988request_box
2016Publications—Reports1982-1988request_box
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Series III: Personal Papers, undated, 1939-1997

English.
Boxes 20-22, OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series documents Spiro’s personal life, particularly his childhood, his student years, and young professional life. Included are materials related to his academics at Harvard College and HGSD, his work at the BRA, the architectural supply store he and John Dyer opened at HGSD, and his manufacturing and sales of the Playdome. It also contains personal correspondence, photographs, and news clippings. Some folders are restricted.

Subseries A: Academics, 1945-1972

English.
Box 20, OS
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes classwork, report cards, news clippings, and photographs related to Spiro’s academic work and life from elementary school and Hebrew School through his undergraduate education at Harvard College and his graduate studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2017B.M.C. Durfee High School1955-1957request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS16Degrees1960-1970request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2018Harvard College—Fine Arts 131956-1957request_box
2019Harvard College—General Education A1957request_box
2020Harvard College—German R1957request_box
2021Harvard College—Math 1A1956-1957request_box
2022Harvard College—Math 1B1957request_box
2023Harvard College—Social Sciences 21956-1957request_box
2024Harvard College—Social Sciences 61956-1957request_box
2025Harvard College—Social Sciences 1121957-1958request_box
2026Harvard College—Social Sciences 1141956-1957request_box
2027Harvard Graduate School of Design1961-1962request_box
2028Harvard Graduate School of Design—Concerns1960-1972request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS17Harvard Graduate School of Design—Oversizedcirca 1962request_box
OS18James Madison Morton Jr. High School—Oversized Photograph1953request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2029James Madison Morton Jr. High School—Report Cards [restricted]1953request_box
2030Spencer Borden Elementary School1945request_box
2031Temple Beth El1946-1954request_box
2032Westall/Highland Schools1946-1950request_box

Subseries B: Boston Redevelopment Authority, 1962-1964

English.
Box 21.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains materials related to Spiro’s work at the BRA, including plans of specific projects he worked on, as well as a speech he gave at Harvard College describing his work.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
211Housing Schemes1962-1967request_box
212Projects—Alexander Street1964request_box
213Projects—Castle Square Residential Relocation Program1963request_box
214Projects—South End1962request_box
215Projects—Washington Park1964request_box
216"Relief from the Shame of the Slums" Talk to Harvard College Group1964request_box

Subseries C: Correspondence, 1939-1997

English.
Box 21.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains Spiro’s personal correspondence. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
217General—A-D1986-1996request_box
218General—G-L1986-1997request_box
219General—M-Q1987-1996request_box
2110General—R-W1987-1994request_box
2111Izumiya Co, Inc./Ishii, Eiichi1978-1990request_box
2112Miscellaneous1939-1987request_box
2113Miscellaneous1969-1980request_box
2114Miscellaneous1981request_box
2115Miscellaneous1982request_box
2116Miscellaneous1988-1995request_box
2117Miscellaneous1989request_box
2118Miscellaneous1990request_box
2119Miscellaneous1991request_box
2120Miscellaneous1992request_box
2121Miscellaneous [restricted]1993request_box
2122Miscellaneous1994request_box
2123Miscellaneous1995request_box
2124Solomon, Peter1988-1997request_box

Subseries D: Harvard Graduate School of Design Store, undated, 1960-1963

English.
Box 21.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes business records, invoices, correspondence, and a receipt book related to Spiro and John Dyer’s operation of an architectural supply store on the HGSD campus. It also includes materials related to the HGSD Activities Trust, which eventually became a scholarship fund in honor of former HGSD Dean Josep Lluís Sert.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2125Business Expenses1962-1963request_box
2126Correspondence1962request_box
2127HGSD Activities Trust Fund1963request_box
2128Invoices1961-1963request_box
2129Invoices1961-1963request_box
2130Invoices1961-1963request_box
2131Materials and Equipment1960request_box
2132Miscellaneous Accounts and Correspondence1961-1962request_box
2133Organization1960request_box
2134Price Listundatedrequest_box
2135Receipt Book1961request_box

Subseries E: Miscellaneous, undated, 1951-1997

English.
Boxes 21-22, OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries documents various parts of Spiro’s personal life. Included are résumés and biographies of Spiro, photographs and news clippings of his time as a Boy Scout, miscellaneous news clippings and photographs, materials related to his wedding to Vivian Kemp, drawings made out to Spiro by Batman artist Bob Kane, and correspondence, photographs, and union membership information documenting Spiro’s summer employment at the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company and the Diesel Construction Company in 1958 and 1959, respectively. Some folders are restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2136Biographical Materialsundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS24Bob Kane (Batman) Drawings1977request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2137Boy Scoutsrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS19Boy Scouts—Oversized News Clippings1951-1953request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2138Diesel Construction Company1959-1961request_box
2139News Clippingsundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
221People—Horwitt, Nathan George1970-1992request_box
222People—Miscellaneous [restricted until 2050]1991-1997request_box
223People—Wainwright, William (Bill) and Clara1982-1992request_box
224Photographsundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS20Photographs—Oversizedundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
225Sports Illustrated1956-1992request_box
226Wedding to Vivian Kemp1984request_box
227Weyerhauser Timber Company and Union Membership1958request_box

Subseries F: Playdome, undated, 1958-1964

English.
Box 22, OS.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains photographs, brochures, drawings, correspondence, and receipts related to Spiro’s manufacturing and sales of the Playdome, a geodesic dome children’s gym based on the design by Buckminster Fuller.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
28Advertising and Publicity1961-1962request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS21Assembly Instructionundatedrequest_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
229Background1962request_box
2210Brochuresundated, 1961request_box
2211Costs and Supplies1961-1962request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS22Drawings and Plans1961-1964request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2212Filene's Circus1964request_box
2213Fuller, R. Buckminster1958-1981request_box
2214Ground Anchorsundatedrequest_box
2215Leverett House (Harvard) Art Show1960request_box
2216Miscellaneous1961-1964request_box
2217Photographs1992request_box
2218Playhouse1964request_box
2219Sales1962-1965request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS23Sales—Oversized1962-1963request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2220Steel Tubing1958-1963request_box
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