Harold W. Lautner Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Lautner, Harold W., (Harold William)
Harold W. Lautner papers
Date [inclusive]
1954, 1976
0.1 Cubic feet , 2 folders, 1 audio cassette

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Harold Lautner was born on January 14, 1902 in Traverse City, Michigan. He received s B.S. degree from Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in 1925 and a Masters degree in 1936 in City Planning from Harvard University. From 1937-1940 he was an instructor of City Planning at Harvard. From 1941 to 1946 he held various positions in the Federal Works Agency, Federal Public Housing Authority, and the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C. Lautner came to Michigan State College in 1946 as the head of the Department of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture. At the same time held the position of Landscape Architect for all university property. In 1960 he became the Director of Campus Park and Planning. Lautner retired in 1970 and passed away on December 3, 1992.

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Scope and Contents note

The Harold Lautner papers includes an issue of "Landscape Architecture" from January 1954 which contains the article by Lautner, "The Landscape Architect Serving a University Combined Teaching and Creation of Landscape Values." In addition there is an audio cassette tape recording of Lautner reminiscing about his days as a student at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) and describing the campus during his time as an employee at MSU. There is also one photograph of Lautner.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections July 2009

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State College. Students.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1925.


  • Interviews (Sound recordings)
  • Photographs
  • Publications

Personal Name(s)

  • Lautner, Harold W., (Harold William)


  • Campus planning -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Universities and colleges -- Faculty

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

“Landscape Architecture” January 1954 

F.D. 1

Audio Cassette 


Interview with Harold Lautner May 1976 




People. Lautner, Harold W. 

People Photographs