Austin History Center

Central Texas Chapter of American Institute of Architects Records

An Inventory to the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: American Institute of Architects - Central Texas Chapter
Title: Central Texas Chapter of American Institute of Architects Records
Inclusive Dates: 1938-1953
Bulk Dates: 1952-1953
Abstract: Records pertaining to the Central Texas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects from the early 1950s.
Identification: AR.2009.006
Quantity: .25 linear feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Perhaps one of the first formal gatherings of Texas architects was known as the Texas State Association of Architects. This organization met from 1886 to 1911. In 1913 this group changed the name to the Texas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

On November 15, 1938 the Central Texas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) was formed. The bylaws were established and members were soon added.

At a later date the Texas Society of Architects (TSA) was established. This organization was the unification of all Texas chapters of the AIA. By nature, any member of the Texas chapter of the AIA could also be a member of TSA. The TSA and the AIA hold a joint convention.


Scope and Contents

The majority of the materials in this collection document the term officers from 1952-1953. During this time period the Central Texas Chapter of the AIA president was Louis F. Southerland, the Vice President was Martin S. Kermacy, Charles T. Granger was Secretary, Allwyn G. Gannaway as Treasurer and Arthur Fehr as the TSA representative.

The collection consists of three series. The first series contains documents specifically associated with the function and activities of the Central Texas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The second series is made up of records generated by the national office of the AIA. National guidelines and standards of practice were strongly encouraged and enforced, thus, the presence of these documents were necessary for the local chapters to operate. Although these documents were created by a different entity they have been retained to illustrate the vital connection between the nation office and the local chapter. The membership lists within this group also contain the names of the Central Texas Chapter members.

The third series consists of records of the Texas Society of Architects (TSA). Because of the shared membership the TSA and the Central Texas Chapter of the AIS worked cooperatively in many respects. Included within this material are documents relating to the 14th Annual TSA-AIA Convention held in Austin in November of 1953.


 

Arrangement

Collection is arranged in 3 series:
I. Central Texas Chapter
II. National Organization
III. Texas Society of Architects

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Organizations:
Central Texas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
Texas Society of Architects
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
Architecture-Texas-Travis County

Related Material

AF Subject File: American Institute of Architects, Austin Chap. A5600 (3)


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Items donated by Mary Jane Fehr.

Preferred Citation

Central Texas Chapter of American Institute of Architects Records (AR.2009.006). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1961/010

Donation Date: 1985-11-02

Processing Information

Final Processing and Finding Aid By/Date: Tim Wilder, 1991


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

I. Central Texas Chapter, 1950-1953

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1953
2 Bylaws, circa 1950
3 Meeting minutes, 1953
4 Membership lists, 1953
5 Officers and committee appointments, 1953
6 Financial statement, 1953



 

II. National Organization, 1938-1953

Box Folder
1 7 National bulletins, 1953
8 National standard documents & guidelines, 1938-1953
9 Questionnaire, 1947
10 Membership lists, 1953



 

III. Texas Society of Architects, 1947-1953

Box Folder
1 11 Bylaws, 1947
12 TSA-AIA Annual Convention, 1953