Treasure-trove of Atomic Age suburbia, saved by Campaign, now accessible through Buffalo History Museum
Tielman first laid eyes on the files in 2003 while researching a bicycle tour that included Pearce & Pearce's Green Acres subdivision. The staff was just then preparing to dispose thousands of deteriorating blueprints, from the immediate post-war building boom. Tielman, agog at the blueprints and the 1950's office-as-time-capsule they were contained in, persuaded Bill Pearce, family scion, not to toss them.
Eight years later, Tielman was back, doing research for a paper, "How Green Were My Acres: Builders, Designers, and Buyers in an Atomic Age Suburb, 1946-1956." Download How Green Were My Acres
In 2016, Tielman got a call from Bill Pearce, notifying him that the company's real estate assets were being put up for sale and the office would have to be cleared out. Now was the time to find a permanent home. Not wanting the archives to end up outside the Buffalo area, Tielman eventually was able to link up Pearce with the History Museum Director Melissa Brown and Library & Archives Director Cynthia Van Ness (a long-time Campaign member).
The History Museum accepted the archives in 2017; intern Alexander Morehouse (Syracuse University) did yeoman's work indexing the file drawers.
There is no comparable archive anywhere. There are dozens of papers and books waiting to be written based on the material, which can keep historians busy for decades. Viewing the material itself requires a visit to the museum, but you can see what is there with the index: https://tinyurl.com/
And the finding aid: https://opac.