Cornell to Archive CFA Records


Real Estate Weekly, September 30, 1992

Cornell University
Archives Professional Records
Corporate Interior Designer
Carol Franklin

The professional records of a New Jersey businesswoman that chronicle the worldwide changes in corporate design and space planning over the past quarter century have become part of the legendary archives at Cornell University.

The voluminous collection, contained in 135 boxes, belongs to noted interior designer Carol Franklin, president of the Leonia-based Carol Franklin Associates Inc. She was asked to endow the university with her valuable documentation.

The papers are housed in the division of Rare Books and Manuscript Collections at the University's $25 million library, one of the largest repositories in the country. It holds the manuscripts of such literary giants as George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce.
  One of the country's most prestigious space planners and corporate designers Franklin numbers among her clients such Fortune 500 companies and multi-national hotel chains as Mercedes-Benz of North America, Inc.; Merck; Hyatt Regency Hotels; Unilever Research U.S., Inc.; Lipton, Inc.; Sandoz (Novartis); Chubb; and Peninsula Hotel in New York City.

The Franklin Collection documents the impact new technologies and innovations have had on corporate planning and design and the role she has played in implementing those changes.

A catalogued record of the collection is now accessible to universities all over the world.