This collection contains architectural records, student work, correspondence and professional writings related to the academic and architectural practice of Austrian–American architect and designer Walter Sobotka. The documents date between 1897 and 1971, with the bulk being created between 1922 and 1954. Although the exact donor of the collection is unknown, it was likely a gift from Sobotka himself to Avery Library in 1971.
The largest group of materials relates to his architectural practice and contains drawings, files, and a scrapbook of photographs and articles pertaining to his work in Europe and America. The majority of his projects consist of residential buildings and interiors in Austria along with furniture designs. However, there is also a selection of theater interiors that Sobotka designed for RKO across the United States. There is also a small grouping of Sobotka’s lectures and writings, correspondence, and material relating to two of his unpublished writings, including copies of the manuscripts, correspondence with publishers, and research materials. A bound version of Sobotka's Principles of Design is catalogued separately and contains an appendix in which Sobotka translated into English excerpts of his correspondence with the Viennese architect Josef Frank. Lastly, the collection includes some artwork, student drawings, and a very few personal letters.