Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the O. Jack Mitchell architecture papers, 1960-1992 MS 439

creator Mitchell, O. Jack
Title: O. Jack Mitchell architecture papers
Dates: 1960-1992
Abstract: This collection contains the personal and academic papers of Houston architect O. Jack Mitchell. Included in the collection are Mitchell's consulting projects, Houston organizations projects, numerous slides of cities around the world, film reels of lectures, and various other architectural materials.
Identification: MS 439
Identification: 318
Quantity: 7 Linear Feet(7 boxes and oversize material)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

O. Jack Mitchell (1931-1992) was a nationally recognized architectural expert and served as Dean of the School of Architecture at Rice University for eleven years. Before he was named Dean, he was also a professor of Architecture at Rice and Director of the School of Architecture as well. Mitchell received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Washington University and his Master of City Planning and Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Besides being a professor at Rice, he was also an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Texas A and M University from 1957-1959. He lectured at Auburn University, the University of Arkansas, Texas A and M , Louisiana State University, and the University of Houston. Mitchell had many articles published and was associated with several architectural firms in Houston. Mitchell was a member of many professional associations and served as a board member of the Rice Design Alliance and a chairman of the South Main Center Association.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the personal and academic papers of Houston architect O. Jack Mitchell. Included in the collection are Mitchell's consulting projects, Houston organizations projects, numerous slides of cities around the world, film reels of lectures, and various other architectural materials.


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the O. Jack Mitchell Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Index Terms

Architects -- Texas
letters (correspondence)
architectural drawings (visual works)
slides (photographs)
Mitchell, Carolyn E. (Mrs. O. Jack)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

O. Jack Mitchell architecture papers, 1960-1992, MS 439, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to Fondren by O. Jack Mitchell's estate on August 4, 1992.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Correspondence and speeches 1960-1988
creator aut Mitchell, O. Jack
0 Linear Feet

Mitchell, Carolyn E. (Mrs. O. Jack)
Box Folder
1 1 Personal Correspondence 1967-1988
2 Postcards
3 Memorabilia and Biographical info
4 Course work, papers 1960-61
5 Jury Week Projects (Arkansas)
6 Alumni Institute Lecture
7 Houston Lectures
8 Articles
9 Speech Notes
10 Talks
11 Information related to lectures
12 Duncan Plaza/New Orleans
13 Arch. Education – Arkansas
14 Urban Design Conference January 1986
15 Neighborhood lecture

Series II: Consulting 1963-1986

Box Folder
1 19 Jamiah Consortium Project Plaque August 1986
20 Low-rent Public Housing Project Nov. 1965
21 Southern State College Dormitories Aug 1963
22 Central Arkansas Milk Producers Assoc. Office Building April 1965; Univ. of Arkansas Library and Arkansas Louisiana Gas Co. Office Building 1966
23 Oak Grove Junior-Senior High School 1963
24 National Football Hall of Fame Competition 1967; "Understanding Urban Design: the Beginning" April 1966.
25 Moderate income housing project – downtown Houston
26 Omniplan
27 Omniplan UDP – Brochure
28 Arkansas Gazette
29 Housing Proposals
30 Urban Design Proposals
31 New Communities Proposals
32 Cox – San Antonio
33 Omniplan Proposals
34 Omniplan UDP Announcement
35 Omniplan Urban Design and Planning
36 Champion Realty Corporation
37 General Portland Cement
38 Land Development Planning Proposals

Series III: Organizations 1980-1991

Box Folder
2 1 To do lists/McCommons visits
2 Dedication letters
3 ACSA miscellaneous meetings
4 Presidential schedule
5 Correspondence
7 1983 Teachers Seminar
8 Auburn talk
9 Key West/board meeting
10 JAE Information
11 American Institute of Architects (AIA)
13 AIA Houston
14 N.O. IDP Meeting Sept 1982
15 AIA
16 Autry House
17 Billboards, Ltd.
18 Friends of Sewall Gallery
19 Grand Parkway Association
20 Greater Houston Partnership
21 Greater Houston Preservation Alliance (1 of 2)
22 Greater Houston Preservation Alliance (2 of 2)
23 Houston Parks Board
24 Houston Public Library
25 National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Related
26 NAAB Report and Response
27 NAAB Correspondence
28 National Institute for Architectural Education (NIAE)
29 NIAE Conference Transcript
30 Rice Center for Community Designand Research
31 Rice Design Alliance Debate 15 Oct 1985
32 Rice Design Alliance (1 of 2)
33 Rice Design Alliance (2 of 2)
34 Trees for Houston
35 South Main Center Association (SMCA) Annual Meeting
36 SMCA Meeting Agendas 1989-1991 (1 of 2)
37 SMCA Meeting Agendas 1989-1991 (2 of 2)
38 SMCA General (1 of 4)
39 SMCA General (2 of 4)
40 SMCA General (3 of 4)
41 SMCA General (4 of 4)
Box item
3 data_value_missing_a232a2e834a55c970fae733a23d8f07e Contract
data_value_missing_0160b0c07c0137a07cd39141099a64cd Bush library (2f)
data_value_missing_a3e57d8f39e1423254cb34d55621f44f Bush library transparencies
data_value_missing_1e829d4444808735c065936849541518 George W. Bush Presidential Center Official Proposal

Series IV: Slides undated

3 Corbusier
The Moorish South - A.2
Houston B UD Lecture
Hoouston Miscellaneous
Reston - Columbia
Miscellaneous untitled 3
The Moorish South A.3
Miscellaneous Untitled 1
Houston A Lecture
PSM 2c (second tray)
Miscellaneous Untitled 2
Empirical Analysis
Tikal 1
Tikal 2
New Orleans Comp. 1
Spanish steps
Washington D.C. B
Chicago Circle
27 2 sets of proposed Bush Library architectural drawings
4 Al Khobar
Sea Pines, Harbortown, South Beach, Sea Pines Statistics and Profiles
Seattle: Pike Place Market
Society Hill and Peabody Terrace
Boston Government Center
European City Plans
American Design
Athens: Agora and Acropolis
The Moorish South – B.3
The Moorish South – A.3
Europe A UD Lecture
Campi Doglio
USA B UD Lecture
The Moorish South – B.1
The Moorish South – A.1
Miami B UD Lecture
U VA 1
Scarborough College
U VA 2
USA A UD Lecture
Europe B UD Lecture
Wash D.C. A
5 Unidentified
Mont Saint Michel
Chambers County New Community Group 1 and 2
Chambers County New Community Group 4
Sea Pines, General, Forest Preserve, Housing Types
Piazza San Marco
Philadelphia Story
Annapolis and Savannah

Series V: Films, VHS and cassette tapes 1968-1986

5 Caudill lecture "The Triad Theory" and Focht, Jr. lecture "Design and Construction of Major Building Foundations in Downtown Houston"
Dr. Fazlur Khkan "Systems Approach to Design of High Rise Buildings," 30 Oct 1968.
Caudill "The Triad Theory" (2)
Braden lecture "Evaluation of Total Municipal Water Demands for the City of Houston," Soltunski lecture "Architectural Education in South Africa," Sobel lecture"TV as a Design Tool"
Talbot Wilson 3 Feb 1969
George Pierce 30 Sept 1968 Houston International Airport; Cummins 7 Oct 1968 Lighting Power Grid
Bill Caudill "What is Architecture" 16 Sept 1968; Evans "Lighting" 23 Sept 1986
George Nelson "Of the Object Future" 10 Dec 1986
Felix Candella 25 Nov 1968
President's Lecture
ASL Judge Thomas J. Stovall "Most Architecture is Hereditary – like Children" 21 Oct 1968; ASL James Thomas "Interior Design" 28 Oct 1968.
ASL Prof. Anderson Todd "Leonardo da Vinci: Arch. and Planner" 18 Nov 1968; ASL S.B. Qisman "Open Space Planning" 2 Dec 1968
Venturi Las Vegas II 21 Jan 1969; Venturi Architecture 22 Jan 1969
Shelton, Ladatut and Jullian
VHS tape: America by Design Part I
VHS tape: America by Design Part II: The Workplace
VHS tape: America by Design Part III: The Street
Cassette tape: Conversations regarding the future of architecture
Unidentified photos

Series VI: Projects and published materials 1961-1987

Box Folder
6 1 Savannah Materials; 1961 and 1976
2 Chicago Materials; 1967 and 1974
3 Lee Estate Land Development Analysis; April 1971
4 Lecture Notes and Student Papers; 1971 and 1973, undated
5 Champion Realty Property Analysis of Lake Maurepas, LA; April 1973
6 18th Century Annapolis – Savannah; circa 1975
7 Book Citations and Mexican Bank Receipt; February 1976, undated
8 The Influence of the Foreign Heritage on the American City; October 1976
9 Establishment of Rice Architecture Programs; 1976, 1979, 1980, undated
10 Houston Materials; 1976, 1977, 1979, undated
11 Washington, DC Tourism Booklet with Note; circa 1976
12 Washington, DC Materials; 1977
13 Dallas North Development Property: Preston Rd. at S.H. 121 Booklet; circa 1970's
14 Site Analysis: Gifco Matthews Tract Booklet; circa 1970's
15 San Antonio Downtown Financial Center Booklet; circa 1970's
16 Sabbatical at University of Texas, University of Pennsylvania, and Ohio State University; January – May 1980
17 Progressive Architecture; June and July 1980
18 AIA Journal; July and August 1980
19 Urban Design International with Article by Mitchell; July/August 1980
20 Society of Architectural Historians' Little Journal; September 1981
21 Taller de Arquitectura by Ricardo Bofill; 1981
22 Michael Heizer – 45°, 90°, 180°: A Sculpture for Rice University; 1985
23 Uptown Holiday Lighting and Sesquicentennial; 1986, 1987
24 William Caudill Booklet; circa 1980's
25 Heart of the Park Design Competition (dedicated to Mitchell); May 26, 1992
26 San Antonio: Downtown Booklet; undated
27 7 in. reel tape labeled "Blank Tape" and "Maya"; May 11, 1979 and April 20, 1980
28 The San Antonio River: Urban Design Issues Cassette Tapes; undated
29 Pennsylvania Avenue; Report of the President's Temporary Commission on Pennsylvania Avenue; January 1969
30 New Orleans Duncan Plaza competition 1981
31 Grant applications 1989
32 Arkansas projects 1963-1965
27 Oversize items in map case drawer 27.

Series VII: Addendum 1981-1992

Box Folder
7 1 Lectures: Building for the Public
2 Miami: Plan/UM Architecture
3 Miami: Plan Charrette 1989
4 University of Miami
5 U of Miami: Architecture Upper Level Studio 1989
6 Miami: Interviews
7 Miami: Hammocks Development
8 Miami: Structure - Places
9 Miami: Infrastructure
10 Miami: Articles, papers
11 Miami: Publications
12 Miami: Drawings
13 ACSA Election 1981
14 Friends of Hermann Park
15 Rice Department of Architecture Dean Search
16 Rice Alumni Assoc Travel to Russia 1990
17 Photographs
18 Certificates
19 Urban Design for the Gulfton Community 1992