Austin History Center

Austin, Its Architects and Architecture, 1836-1986 Manuscript Records

An Inventory to the Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Smith, Hank Todd
Title: Austin, Its Architects and Architecture, 1836-1986 Manuscript Records
Dates: 1965-1986
Dates (Bulk): 1985-1986
Abstract: The collection highlights the process of researching, funding, editing and publishing the book Austin, Its Architects and Architecture, 1836-1986 as part of the Texas Sesquicentennial project of the University of Texas Center for the Study of American Architecture, Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Heritage Society of Austin, and the Austin History Center.
Accession number: AR.2009.005
Quantity: 1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Location: Architectural Archives
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The book Austin, Its Architects and Architecture, 1836-1986 was part of a joint project of the Austin Chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Austin History Center, University of Texas Center for the Study of American Architecture, and the Heritage Society of Austin to celebrate Austin’s Sesquicentennial. The project in its entirety consisted of the creation of an architectural drawings collection at the Austin History Center, an exhibition of a selected portion of the drawings collected as a result of the project and the publication of a book about Austin’s architectural heritage from 1836 to 1986.

Austin, Its Architects and Architecture, 1836-1986 contains an essay on Austin architecture and its architects, photo reproductions of the works shown in the exhibit as well as brief biographical monographs on the key architects and firms that made up the architecture profession during this time period. The steering committee for the Sesquicentennial Project consisted of Ruth Parshall (Chair), Audray Bateman, Susan Hoover, Girard Kinney, John Lash, Peggy Pickle, Lila Stillson, Mike Petty and Ex Officio members Hal Box, Hank Smith and Allen McCree.

Scope and Contents

Approximately half of the collection is biographical material collected by the editor of the book. Some of the information was submitted by architects and firms in response to a call for biographical information for inclusion in the Biographical Listing portion of the book. In addition to the self submitted materials members of AIA conducted research to gather biographical material on deceased architects as well as additional information for the architects and firms that were chosen to be included in the book.

The second half of the collection pertains to the publication of the book. Included is the grant application for Heritage Society of Austin for funds to publish the book as well as correspondence to “personalities” to write the forward for the book. Smith also solicited curriculum vitas and examples of published materials from the potential authors for the essay portion of the book. Research assignments, production schedules, book outlines, corrected manuscripts of the book’s essays and photocopies of the photos and drawings are also represented.


Arranged into 2 series:
I. Biographical Materials
II. Publication and Manuscript Materials


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Index Terms

Black, Sinclair
Clayton, Nicholas
Coote, James
Cret, Paul Philippe
Fatter, Mervin E., Jr.
George, Eugene
Gilbert, Cass
Grobe, William Clay
Gustafson, Winfred O.
Hafertepe, Kenneth
Holt, Joseph J.
Johnston, J. H. Eccleston, Jr.
Lash, John
McCullar, Michael
Meyers, Elijah E.
Newton, Chartier
O'Connell, Wiliam R.
Oteri, John
Page, Charles Henry Jr.
Page, Charles Henry, Sr.
Page, Louis C.
Polkinghorn, James B.
Preston, Jasper
Robertson, Noel G.
Renfro, Bob
Roessner, Roland Gommel
Ruffini, F. E.
Ruffini, Oscar
Scott, Elmira S. Smyrl
Scott, John Linn
Scott, Phil
Shefelman, Tom W.
Smith, Hank Todd.
Southerland, Louis F.
Speck, Lawrence W.
Steinbomer, Robert
Stremme, Conrad C.
Tisdale, Jack
Thomas, Roy L.
Walling, George L.
Watson, Arthur O.
White, Robert Leon
Wukasch, Eugene
American Institute of Architects. Austin Chapter.
Austin History Center.
Black Atkinson Vernooy
Barnes, Landes, Goodman and Youngblood
Brooks, Barr, Graeber and White
Coffee, Crier and Schenck
C. H. Page and Son
Heritage Society of Austin.
Holt + Fatter + Scott
Kinney, Kaler, Sanders & Crews
Niggli and Gustafson
O'Connell Robertson Grobe, Architects-Engineers
Oteri & Tisdale, Architects
Page Brothers
Page, Southerland & Page
Renfro & Steinbomer, Architects
Shefelman and Nix, Architects
University of Texas Center for the Study of American Architecture.
Wade + Associates
Austin (Tex.)
Historic buildings--Texas--Austin.
Austin Sesquicentennial Celebration.
Document Types:

Related Material

See the Architectural Archives card catalog for architectural drawings.

Separated Material

Austin Files

  • AF Biography Photo-Andrewartha, John PICB 10771, 10772, 10774, 16794
  • AF Biography Photo-Armstrong, Robert Cochran
  • AF Biography Photo-Armstrong, Robert Lardis PICB 16795
  • AF Biography Photo-Goldsmith, Goldwinc 1871-1962
  • AF Biography Photo-Barnes, Jay W. PICB 16797
  • AF Biography Photo-Brooks, R. Mak PICB 16798

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Collection was donated to the Austin History Center by the editor of the book in January of 1987.

Preferred Citation

Austin, Its Architects and Architecture, 1836-1986 Manuscript Records (AR.2009.005). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1981/101

Donation Date: 1987 January 21

Processing Information

Initial Inventory and Preliminary Processing By/Date: Tim Wilder/August 3, 1992

Final Processing and Finding Aid By/Date: Molly Hults/April 25, 2009

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Biographical Materials, 1935-1986, undated

Biographical information about architects and firms is filled alphabetically by name.
Box Folder
1 1 Completed and annotated biographies. Biographical research (alphabetical by name) 1986, undated
2 B, 1965-1985, undated
3 C, 1979, 1985-86, undated
4 G, 1979
5 H, 1986, undated
6 J, 1986, undated
7 K, 1986,
8 M, undated
9 N, undated
10 O, 1986, undated
11 P, 1935, 1955-78, undated
12 R, 1984-1986, undated
13 S, 1986, undated
14 T, 1985, undated
15 W, 1935, 1963-86, undated

II. Publication and Manuscript Materials, 1983-1986, undated

Box Folder
2 1 Bibliography, 1983-1986, undated
2 Writer’s background information, 1983-1986,
3 Project information, 1984-1986, undated
4 Hafertepe manuscript, 1986, undated
5 McCullar manuscript, undated
6 Photographs and drawings, undated