Norma Merrick Sklarek Archive, Series 6: Letter to Carol J. Henderson at Yale Journal of Architecture and Feminism from Sklarek

About the Project

Norma Merrick Sklarek (1926–2012) was a renowned architect and a woman of firsts who broke racial and gender barriers earning her place in the male-dominated world of architecture. Sklarek was the first African American woman licensed to practice architecture in New York and California and the first Black woman member and fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Sklarek worked for numerous architectural firms and in 1985 she founded her own women-led business, Siegel, Sklarek, and Diamond, the first of its kind. She led large scale projects including the Fox Plaza, World Finance Center, United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, The Mall of America, and Terminal One at Los Angeles International Airport. The Sklarek archival collection offers an in-depth view of Sklarek’s life and career, including family records, resumes, business ephemera, photographs, correspondence, publications, clippings, architectural drawings, and awards. Help us transcribe this collection that highlights the prestigious career of Norma Merrick Sklarek and discover how she paved the way for future women and African American architects.

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Level 1 --- BEGINNER

Content: all typed
Language: English
Format: letters, diaries, flyers, pamphlets, and one-page documents
Subject Area Expertise/Special Skills: none required

Level 2

Content: mostly typed, handwritten in print, or otherwise very clearly written/readable
Language: English
Format: memorabilia, advertisements, image captions, telegrams, diaries, letters, notes
Subject Area Expertise/Special Skills: none required


Content: typed and handwritten materials in cursive or print
Language: English
Format: newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, letters/diaries/notes that may include annotations or margin notes
Subject Area Expertise/Special Skills: experience reading cursive writing may be useful

Level 4

Content: handwritten materials, primarily in cursive or somewhat difficult to read (predominantly from the 19th and 20th centuries) , audio recordings that are relatively easy to hear/decipher, and scientific materials
Language: English and/or other languages that use Roman script but may require the use of diacritics (French, Spanish, German, Italian, etc.)
Format: audio recordings, letters, diaries, notes and other written materials, projects with templated fields and special instructions
Subject Area Expertise/Special Skills: some knowledge of non-English Roman-character/script languages and diacritics may be useful, as well as experience reading cursive handwriting. A general knowledge or familiarity with scientific terminology.

Level 5 --- ADVANCED

Content: handwritten materials in cursive (from the 19th century or earlier) or in a non-Roman script language, audio recordings that are difficult to hear or are not in English, specialty materials/projects such as numismatics projects and the Project Phaedra notebooks 
Language: foreign languages that use non-Roman characters (Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Greek/Cyrillic, Native American and Indigenous languages, etc.) and English 
Format: audio recordings, columned data/tables, manuscripts, letters, diaries, notes, currency sheets, coins
Subject Area Expertise/Special Skills: knowledge of a specific language and access to a keyboard with the characters in that language may be required for certain projects. Experience reading cursive handwriting and familiarity with 19th century (or prior) handwriting and conventions/abbreviations may be useful, as well as knowledge of scientific terminology, astrophysics data, or linguistics.

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