Austin History Center

Laura Knott Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Knott, Laura
Title: Laura Knott Papers
Inclusive Dates: 2004-2005
Abstract: Research materials and photographs used to create the Oakwood Cemetery Cultural Report.
Identification: AR.2005.030
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Laura Knott is a landscape architect and holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Texas, Master of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Art in Anthropology from the University of Alabama. She taught the Cultural Landscapes course at the University of Texas.

The Oakwood Cemetery Cultural Landscape Report is a document prepared as part of the Spring 2005 University of Texas Cultural Landscapes class taught by Laura Knott. As the lecturer for the Cultural Landscapes course Laura developed the class structure, supervised project site visits and class field trips as well as organizing the format of the Oakwood Cemetery Cultural Report and wrote various sections. Research conducted by students in the class forms the core of the report. The students include David Bentley, Natalie Charles, Tara A. Dudley, Ely Emmanuel-Merheb, Laura McGuire, Chantal McKenzie, Rachel Mikeska and Yifeng Zhang, all of whom were in the Master of Science in Historic Preservation Program in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. The project was initiated by Save Austin's Cemeteries president Dale Flatt who approached the University of Texas' Historic Preservation Program for help in preservation of the Oakwood Cemetery. The report was intended to form the basis for a preservation master plan. The detailed documentation of the cemetery site and the analysis of that information was intended to help to identify those features of a site that make it historically significant and worthy of protection and preservation.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the textual research materials and images compiled in 2005 that were used to write the Oakwood Cemetery Cultural Landscape Report. The textual materials examine the history of how the Oakwood Cemetery has been cared for by the City of Austin and its citizens. The photographs document the natural and manmade aspects of the cemetery, including are digital files on CD; most with the corresponding negatives. In addition there are about 25 slides of grave stones and iron work in the cemetery. The collection also contains a measured drawing completed by Laura Knoot, David Bently and Yifeng Zhang of the NW corner of Section One of the Oakwood Cemetery for Cultural Landscape class at University of Texas in Spring of 2005.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Knott, Laura.
Oakwood Cemetery (Austin, Tex.)
University of Texas at Austin. School of Architecture. Historic Preservation Program.
Austin (Tex.)
Historic sites--Texas--Austin.

Related Material

A 929.5097643 Knott, Laura. Oakwood Cemetery Cultural Landscape Report. Austin. 2005.

See the Oakwood Cemetery Research Sources guide available in the Reading Room for additional Oakwood Cemetery resources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Laura Knott Papers (AR.2005.030). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2005/057

Donation Date: 2005

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Laura Knott Papers, 2004-2005

Box Folder
1 1-3 Textual research materials, 2004-2005, undated
Location FlatFile
qAR 01/19/004 Measured drawing, 2005
Box Folder
1 4-5 Photographic material, 2005, undated
Location OuterVault
Archives Photo Collection Negatives file drawer Color negatives, 2005, undated
Negatives file drawer Black and white negatives, 2005, undated