Collection ID: FA045

Collection context


Anner, Conrad W. (1889-1960), Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Va.), Rockefeller Foundation, China Medical Board (U.S.), Rockefeller Foundation. China Medical Board, and Peking Union Medical College
0.95 Cubic Feet, 1 half letter-size document case, 0.95 Cubic Feet, and 1 half letter-size document case
Includes some material in Chinese.


Scope and Content:

The Conrad W. Anner papers include correspondence and reports relating to his employment by the China Medical Board of The Rockefeller Foundation and the China Medical Board of New York, Inc., during which time he worked on construction projects at Peking Union Medical College. A few items relate to his work at Colonial Williamsburg.

Of special note in this collection are a report in Chinese, with a partial translation, on the building specifications from the City of Peking to the Committee of Construction for the Peking National Library, and two reports and two news releases relating to Colonial Williamsburg. There are no personal papers.

Biographical / Historical:

An architect, Conrad W. Anner was born in Berlin, Germany, on December 20, 1889, the son of Edmund C. Anner. Conrad Anner graduated from the Division of Architecture of the Gewerbe Akademie, Chemnitz, Saxony, in 1909 and emigrated to the United States the same year. He married Caroline H. Foster in 1915; they had two children.

Anner was first employed as a draughtsman by the Boston architectural firm Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge (1910-1917) and then by the Boston architect Thomas M. James (1917-1919). In 1919 he was hired by The Rockefeller Foundation as architectural draughtsman during the construction of Peking Union Medical College. Anner remained at PUMC until 1930 as supervisor of architectural work.

Before returning to the United States, he was employed by St. Luke's International Hospital (Tokyo, Japan) to revise the plans of the hospital, and by the Chinese Government to design the National Institute for Physical Research in Shanghai and the National Meteorological Institute in Nanking.

Following his return to the United States in 1931, Anner worked for the architectural firm Perry, Shaw & Hepburn as Superintendent of Construction at Colonial Williamsburg.

Conrad W. Anner died in 1960.

Acquisition information:
The papers of Conrad W. Anner were donated to the Rockefeller Archive Center by Francis Anner via multiple records ingests between 1977 and 1985.

As received.

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard



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