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Collection Summary

Administrative History of The Colley Associates Architects and Engineers

Scope and Content of the collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

References to works by or about The Colley Associates Architects and Engineers

Detailed Description of the Collection

University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

The Colley Associates Architects and Engineers collection



Collection Summary

Creator The Colley Associates Architects and Engineers
Title The Colley Associates Architects and Engineers collection
Abstract The Colley Associates Architects and Engineers began in 1938 when architect Richard S. Colley established his architectural office in Corpus Christi, TX. Colley was active on projects including the Corpus Christi City Hall, commercial buildings, residential homes, and buildings for Texas Instruments. The firm was renamed The Colley Associates Architects and Engineers following Colley’s death in 1983 by long time collogues, George Graham and Eugene (Gene) H. Glass. The majority of the collection relates to the firm’s work with Texas Instruments. Record types include, architectural drawings and photographic materials.
Identification COLLE
Quantity 939 sheets of architectural drawings, 3 black and white photographs, 4 color photographs, 142 photostats, and 1 line negative.
Repository: Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Administrative History of The Colley Associates Architects and Engineers

The Colley Associates Architects and Engineers started with architect Richard S. Colley, who in 1938 established his architectural office in Corpus Christi, TX. Colley was active on projects with the City of Corpus Christi including City Hall, which was built in 1952, commercial buildings, and residential homes. He, along with O'Neil Ford served as the primary architects for Texas Instruments (TI), designing the majority of buildings for them in Texas and around the world from 1955 until the early 1970s when Colley took "sole responsibility." During this time, Eugene (Gene) H. Glass and George M. Graham, Jr. joined Colley’s architectural office. Prior to working with Colley, Graham worked in the office of E. Dexter Hamon. Colley had regional offices in Dallas and Austin, which were overseen by Graham from 1965 to 1971 when Graham began to oversee the architectural production studio for TI projects in Texas, the rest of the United States, and worldwide. Other Colley projects included universities, commercial buildings, apartment complexes, banks, and schools. Clients included Handy Andy Grocery Stores, St. Mark's School, World of Animals, Waples-Platter, and Great Western Foods. Madison Graham, George Graham’s son, joined the firm in 1976.

Following Colley’s death in 1983, Graham and Glass, purchased the proprietorship along with all work in progress, account receivables, and drawings related to the Texas Instruments account from Colley’s wife, Margaret H. Colley. As long-time colleagues of Colley, Graham and Glass named the new firm, The Colley Associates Architects and Engineers (TCA). Project types included electronic manufacturing, wafer fabrication facilities, electronics assembly and testing laboratories, and office and engineering support, among others. In 1987, Madison Graham rejoined the firm as a partner after obtaining a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado. The firm remained active with Texas Instruments "designing advanced technology projects" in Texas and worldwide including France, Portugal, Taiwan, Singapore, the Netherlands, Germany, England, and Japan.

In 1995, Graham and Glass retired from the firm. In August of that year, Madison "reorganized the firm and moved it to Austin, closer to the heart of electronics industry and TI corporate offices in Dallas." Madison was joined by Marcus A. Gore, Kelly R. Luksovsky, Anthony D. Marco, and Bess Althaus Graham under the new name, Madison R. Graham & Associates Architecture. In 2001, when Bess became Madison's partner, the firm became MRGA Architecture.

Sources:

The Colley Associates Architects and Engineers collection, Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Legacy.com. "George M. Graham Jr." Accessed February 12, 2017. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/george-graham-obituary?pid=188142079.

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Scope and Content of the collection

The Colley Associates Architects and Engineers collection is comprised of 939 drawings, 3 black and white photographs, 4 color photographs, 142 photostats, and 1 line negative. The bulk of the material in this collection is related to the firm's work with Texas Instruments.

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Restrictions

Policies Governing Use and Access

This collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using archival materials. As all or portions of this collection may be housed off-site, advance notice of at least three working days is required for retrieval. Certain items may require additional time for flattening or humidifying before they can be viewed. Access is by appointment only. Please contact the archives' reference staff for further information.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasions of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person).

The Alexander Architectural Archives operate in accordance with applicable federal or state laws and regulations, providing unrestricted access to university records not covered by state and federal right to privacy acts.

The Alexander Architectural Archives, The University of Texas Libraries, and The University of Texas at Austin, assume no responsibility for infringement of literary property rights and copyright or for liability to any person for defamation or invasion of privacy that results from a researcher's use of collections.

Researchers agree to indemnify and hold harmless The University of Texas at Austin, and their officers, employees, and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses arising out of use of collections held by the libraries. Please alert staff if anything inappropriate is found during research.

Copyright interests in this collection may not have been transferred to the University of Texas. Researchers assume full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply. Additionally, the public use of material must be cited. See citation information below.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Texas Online Catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings
Creators (persons):
Colley, Richard S.
Glass, Eugene (Gene) H.
Graham, George M. Jr.
Creator (organizations):
The Colley Associates Architects and Engineers
Subjects (persons):
Ford, O'Neil, 1905-
Subjects (organizations):
Texas Instruments Incorporated.
Subjects
Architecture--Texas.
Architecture--Texas--Austin.
Architecture--Texas--Dallas.
Document types:
Architectural drawings.
Photographs.

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Related Material

Corpus Christi Public Libraries Digital Archives, digital images of Richard Colley and his architectural work, Sacred Heart Catholic Church

O'Neil Ford collection, Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

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Administrative Information

Citation

The Colley Associates Architects and Engineers collection, Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

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References to works by or about The Colley Associates Architects and Engineers

-- compiled by Kathryn A. Pierce and Irene Lule

"An Industrial Heart for Metropolis (midway between Dallas and Fort Worth)," Architectural Forum 106 (June 1957): 154-159.

"Civic Buildings (Corpus Christi, Texas)," Progressive Architecture 34 (Feb 1953): 83-92.

"Four Bright New Homes for Industry," Architectural Forum 105 (Dec. 1956): 136-151.

George, Mary Carolyn Hollers. Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Richard Stewart Colley."

"Lamella Steel Arches: Convention and Exhibition Hall, Corpus Christi, Texas," Progressive Architecture 34 (June 1954): 106-107.

"Lift-slab Housing Comes in Cheaper than Frame: (Corpus Christi, Texas)," Architectural Forum 95 (Sept. 1951): 184-188.

Long, Christopher. "Richard S. Colley," unpublished article in Richard Colley reference file at Alexander Architectural Archives.

"George M. Graham Jr." Legacy.com http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/george-graham-obituary?pid=188142079.

Porter, John B. and Richard S. Colley. Youtz-Slick Lift Slab construction method. San Antonio, Tex.: Inst. of Inventive Research, 1952.

Preservation Texas, "Preservation Texas Names Corpus Christi Memorial Coliseum to its Inaugural List of Texas' Most Endangered Historic Places."

"Richard S. Colley, dead at 73," Texas Architect 34 (Jan.-Feb. 1984): 84.

Tillery, Ray Don. "Corpus Christi to Raze Colley's 1952 Civic Design," Texas Architect 38 (Mar.-Apr. 1988): 8-9.

"The Private House," Progressive Architecture 36 (May 1955): 89-121.

"Voûte Lamelliere de Grande Portée en Acier," Techniques et Architecture (1955): 9.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

This collection has not been processed. See archival staff for more information.