As a partnership between the Smathers Libraries and the School of Architecture since 2004, the Architecture Archives has become a leading repository for historical records pertaining to the architects and architecture of Florida. Initial activities have focused on a handful of important collections, including the archives of Alfred Browning Parker, Kenneth Treister, Rufus Nims, Darrell Fleeger, and the Carrère and Hastings firm. The collections support scholarly research, historic preservation, and the education of future students.
Among the collections available to researchers are the archives of Rufus Nims, F. Blair Reeves, Jefferson M. Hamilton, Edward T. Potter, Rudolph Weaver and John Howey's Sarasota School of Architecture Collection.
Access to these collections is provided by the alphabetically arranged complete list of Architecture Archives collections. In addition, you can search the finding aids in the department or browse certain collections that have been grouped under subject headings.
A handful of important collections, including the archives of Alfred Browning Parker, Kenneth Treister, Darrell Fleeger, and the Carrère and Hastings firm, currently are being preserved, arranged and described by staff. As such, final descriptions for these collections are not available online at this time.
Florida Architecture and Design Survey Pilot Project
No survey of important architectural archival collections has ever been completed in Florida and is long overdue. Preservationists, researchers, scholars, students, and the general public interested in the architectural histories of their communities have a difficult time locating these historical collections and often are sent on frustrating and unproductive searches for architectural records. This Survey project, which is being conducted in 2011, is the important first step in creating a collective source for this information. The survey will collect information on extant archival records related to Florida architects and architecture that are located in cultural heritage institutions and will aid in the future publication of the Guide to the Architecture and Design Collections of Florida. The collected information also will be maintained on this Architecture Archives page. Check back for more information and updates, or contact Cynthia Peterson, Architecture Archives Curator, 352-273-2782.
Saving St. Augustine's Architectural Treasures
We're excited to announce that Flagler College and UF are collaborating on a grant-funded project to conserve and digitize two important architectural collections held here in the Architecture Archives. Conservation and digitization of the Flagler College Hotel Ponce de Leon Architectural Collection and the Memorial Presbyterian Church Architectural Collection will be supported in part by a Federal Save America's Treasures grant administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Saving St. Augustine's Architectural Treasures project will conserve and digitize these irreplaceable, earliest architectural drawings of John Carrère and Thomas Hastings. Created in St. Augustine, Florida, for Henry Flagler, the collections include drawings for both the Hotel Ponce de Leon (1885-1887), now Ponce de Leon Hall at Flagler College (National Register, 1975), and the Memorial Presbyterian Church (1889-1890) (National Register, 1983). During this two-year project, over 260 drawings will be conserved and reproduced digitally by the UF Smathers Libraries. Once the drawings have been digitized, they will be made available online in the UF Digital Collections (UFDC). To learn more and to follow the progress of the project please visit: http://flaglerdrawings.wordpress.com/.
Alfred Browning Parker Architecture Archives Endowment
We are pleased to announce the creation of the Alfred Browning Parker Architecture Archives Endowment, a new initiative intended to support and strengthen the Architecture Archives in the Libraries. The endowment is named in honor of Professor Emeritus Alfred Browning Parker, the distinguished Florida architect and UF alumnus. Additional information is available on the Parker Endowment home page.
For further information on the diverse Architecture Archives collections, please contact: Cynthia L. Peterson, Architecture Archives Curator in the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections, or Martha Kohen, professor in the School of Architecture.