Anne Bruce Haldeman (1903-1993)
Haldeman, Anne Bruce
Occupation: American landscape architect
Location (state): KY
Not a member of the American Institute of Architects.
The Filson Historical Society, Special Collections
Mss. AR H159 Haldeman, Anne Bruce (1903-1993) Landscape Design Records, 1929-1986
The collection consists of landscape architectural drawings created by Anne Bruce Haldeman as well as record-keeping notes related to residential projects and clients, detailed information on plants and landscaping materials, and a small amount of business correspondence and records related to Haldeman's work at My Old Kentucky Home. Haldeman had a life-long career in landscape design working both independently as well as in partnership with Louise Leland from 1934-1956 in the firm Haldeman & Leland. Haldeman designed landscapes that were historically informed and based upon eighteenth and early-nineteenth century gardens, as well as gardens that were of a more contemporary nature. Several of Haldeman's landscape design projects are of local and state significance, mainly: Farmington Historic Plantation, My Old Kentucky Home State Park (also known as Federal Hill), the Shakertown Bypass and the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (where Haldeman served as a consultant), and the pool and fountain next to the Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library on the campus of the University of Louisville. The landscape design drawings in the collection are for both residential and public spaces, the majority dating approximately 1950 to 1975. Multiple projects contain detailed plant lists and when applicable these lists remain with the specific project drawings (please refer to the Project Index for projects that contain plant lists). Also included in the collection are several projects designed before 1956, when Haldeman worked as a partner with Louise Leland in the firm Haldeman & Leland. From this time period, the collection includes three small boxes of index cards: the first box of index cards (1932-1958) reflect project numbers and client names related to projects undertaken by the firm Haldeman and Leland; the second box contains alphabetized cards on trees, shrubs, plants, and bulbs, with Haldeman's notes and information on each specimen; the last box contains miscellanea such as pencil sketches of garden plans and notes on garden designs. Notes found among the collection material indicate that sometime in 1950 many of the Haldeman & Leland business records and drawings were purged from their office. This may account for the dearth of pre-1950 material.
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