Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the David F. Chapman construction records, 1945-2010 MS 563

creator Chapman, David F.
Title: David F. Chapman construction records
Dates: 1945-2010
Abstract This collection houses the interviews and biographical sketch of David F. Chapman, a 1953 graduate of Rice University in architecture. Background of major projects, the companies Mr. Chapman worked for and lead, and interview/newsclippings with Mr. Chapman and company literature/marketing.
Identification: MS 563
Quantity: 1.0 cubic ft. (1 box)
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical/Historical note

David F. Chapman was born in Pennsylvania, and raised in California. He attended and graduated from Rice University with a degree in architecture in 1953. Mr. Chapman married in 1951 and began working in his father-in-laws construction company Farnsworth & Chambers. Quickly moving up the company, Mr. Chapman went through several joint ventures and name changes to support those expansions. The company grew into the largest construction company in the Houston area and competed and won several jobs including buildings in both the medical center and the Nasa complex.

Scope and Contents note

This collection reflects the professional career of David F. Chapman and the several companies he worked for and lead. Items included are project papers, featuring Chapman's work with Gilbane, Mayan, Warrior, and Farnsworth & Chambers. Construction lists of the 1980's, Mayan recommentdation letters from 1975-1986, and completed Texas procects. Interviews, newsclippings, curriculum vitae and company media literature. Historical overview of the companies evolution, and Gilbane's marketing for higher education, data storage, and federal government.


Conditions Governing Access note

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained through the Woodson Research Center. Contact woodson@rice.edu or 713.348.2586.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Chapman, David F.
Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae
clippings (information artifacts)
oral histories (document genres)

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Rice alumnus David F. Chapman, 8/20/2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Major projects

Box Folder
1 1-2 Major projects binder, featuring Chapman's work with Gilbane, Mayan, Warrior, Farnsworth & Chambers
3 Mayan Construction experience lists, 1980s
4 Mayan Construction recommendation letters, 1975-1986
5 Texas completed projects (Mayan and Warrior)

Series II: Interview, vitae and newsclippings

Box Folder
1 6 David F. Chapman oral history interview transcript, 2010
7 David Chapman curriculum vitae, 2009
8 Newsclippings

Series III: Company literature & history

Box Folder
1 9 Gilbane marketing for higher education, data storage, federal government
10 Farnsworth & Chambers historic overviews, clippings, and "Tree of Construction Companies"