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Taylor family papers addition

Identifier: HC.MC-1339

Scope and Contents

The Taylor Family Papers Addition primarily contains materials related to William N. Taylor and his immediate family members (his wife, children, and parents). The collection includes correspondence from William N. Taylor to members of his family and correspondence from friends and associates. It also includes papers from William N. Taylor's career in the military and business and his interest in architecture and city planning as well as newspaper clippings and other documents related to the family. Finally, this collection includes photographs of William Taylor, his parents, his children, and grandchildren and photographs not of the family.


  • Creation: 1870 - 2013


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Biographical / Historical

"William Nicholson Taylor was born June 22, 1882 to Frank Hendrickson Taylor (1855-1943) and Rebecca "Bessie" Nicholson Taylor (1857-1944). William Taylor studied architecture at Harvard University and abroad and served in the United States Military from 1917-1919 during World War I, ultimately promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. After the war, William Taylor married Gertrude Christine Duret de Brie (1897-1983) and the couple moved to Paris.

William and Gertude Taylor had three children, Constance Alix (1921), Benjamin de Brie “Brie” (1923), and Marie-Celine “Mimi” (1925). The family lived both in France and in the United States. During World War II, both William Taylor and his son Benjamin de Brie served in the American military. William Taylor died in April of 1945 and was buried in Arlington Cemetery, later joined by his wife after her death in 1983.

Benjamin de Brie Taylor received his degree from Harvard in 1947 following his military service. He was an art professor, serving as the Dean of the Parsons School of Design in New York (1968-1970) and of the Herron School of Art at Indiana University (1970-1973). He was also the Director of the Institute of Design of Illinois Institute of Technology (1973-1975) and remained there as a professor until he became Professor Emeritus in 1987. Taylor also authored Design Lessons from Nature and had his paintings displayed in galleries such as the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brotherly Museum, and the Corcoran Gallery. He died in 2013.

Marie-Celine “Mimi” Taylor married Bill Scudder in 1949, and the pair had three children: Timothy Forbes Scudder, Kirby Richardson Scudder, and Celine de Brie Scudder (Hubber). Mimi Taylor later remarried John Kinney in 1972 and remained married to him until her death in 1997. Frank Carrol Taylor, born November 22, 1884, was the brother of William N. Taylor. He died in 1949.

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11.46 linear ft. (14 boxes and 7 volumes)

Language of Materials



The Taylor Family Papers Addition primarily contains correspondence, other printed materials, and photographs related to William Nicholson Taylor who was born June 22, 1882 to Frank Hendrickson Taylor (1855-1943) and Rebecca "Bessie" Nicholson Taylor (1857-1944) and his family. The collection includes materials belonging to his wife, Gertrude Christine Duret de Brie (1897-1983), their three children, Constance Alix (1921), Benjamin de Brie “Brie” (1923), and Marie-Celine “Mimi” (1925), and other family members.


This collection is arranged in three subseries: correspondence, personal papers, and photos. The correspondence series is divided into subseries based on the recipient of the letters or by the writer in the case of the William Taylor subsection. The personal papers series is divided into two subseries: William Taylor professional papers and published materials, and the photos are also divided into two subseries: photos of family and photos of non-family.


Gift of Celine Huber, 2019.

Related Materials

Taylor Family Papers (HC.MC.818, HC.MC.1233, HC.MC.962, HC.MC.1779); Taylor-Frysinger Papers; Taylor Family Materials; Taylor and Nicholson Family Papers; Allison and Taylor Family Papers; Charles Shoemaker Taylor letterbook; George W. Taylor letterbooks; Gertrude Allinson Taylor letters; George Washington Taylor account books; Sallie M. Taylor commonplace book; Hubert Ritchie Taylor papers; "Recollections of my Life Time"; Francis R. Taylor papers; Charles S. Taylor cash book

Processing Information

Processed by Maggie McCarthy, completed March 2023.

Taylor Family Papers Addition
Maggie McCarthy
March, 2023
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