Austin History Center

John Linn Scott and Associates Records and Drawings

An Inventory to the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Scott, John Linn, 1917-1970
Title: John Linn Scott and Associates Records and Drawings
Inclusive Dates: 1943-1974
Abstract: Project files and approximately 1300 drawings dating from the mid-1940 to 1970 that document the architectural career of John Linn Scott.
Identification: AR.2009.033
Quantity: .6 linear feet (2 boxes) of textual materials and 2 flat file drawers(approximately 1300 drawings).
Location: Architectural Archives
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

John Linn Scott was born in Franklin, Texas on April 26, 1917. The son of educators, he spent school years in East Texas and summers in Austin during his formative years.

After graduating from high school in Buffalo, Texas, Scott entered the University of Texas at Austin in the summer of 1934. Pursuing a course of study in architecture, he was deeply influenced by Werner Dornberger, Goldwyn Goldsmith, and Robert Leon White. His progress under their direction was rapid and he passed the professional exam to become a Registered Architect in 1938 before completing his schooling. In 1939, Scott entered into partnership with engineer Elmer Shingle to form Shingle and Scott. He started the firm of John Linn Scott, Architect in 1940 before receiving his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the university on August 25, 1941.

After serving as a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II, Scott returned to Austin to build up his practice with the help of his wife, Elmira Sauberon Scott, who served as an architect and office manager for the firm. In 1949, he was remarried to Jean Smith Elvins.

The firm was recognized as John Linn Scott and Associates in 1952 and became an influential force in Texas architecture in the following years. Institutional architecture was the firm's specialty, with a focus on schools, hospitals, and state office projects. Following pragmatic design criteria was the byword and the emphasis on utility and function in these projects is indicative of the general architectural trends on the 1950s and 1960s.

Scott formed strong professional and political ties throughout his career and maintained an active role in civic affairs. His death of cancer on August 3, 1970 saddened many in Texas and distinguished leaders such as Governor John Connally, Representative Jake Pickle, and Mayor Roy Butler served among his honorary pall bearers.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of project support documents and architectural drawings. The Project Files series documents the more noteworthy projects and contains correspondence, change orders, estimates, specifications and contracts. These are arranged by alphabetical order since the preliminary order of this collection was arranged likewise.

The Financial Records series contains a small amount of financial records for John Linn and Frances Scott and the architectural firm. The Photographs series contains eight photographs of potential high school and hospital projects.

The Drawings series contains approximately 1300 drawings representing over 100 projects dating from the mid-1940s to 1970. The majority of the drawings represent institutional projects such as government buildings, schools, hospitals, housing projects, churches and commericial buildings. The most significant public building projects are the drawings for renovations to the Texas Capitol Building in the 1960s and Texas Employment Commission office buildings across the state. Also included are the Newton Memorial Hospital in Cameron, TX, the San Saba County Hospital, the Torbett-Hutchings-Smith Memorial Hospital in Marlin, TX, the University of Texas at Austin Jester Center and Brown Elementary School in Austin, TX.

The Drawings series also includes 41 residential projects. Among the residential drawings is the home Governor and Mrs. Connally in Floresville, Texas dated 1963.


Arranged into 4 series:
I. Project Files
II. Financial Records
III. Photographs
IV. Drawings


Restrictions on Access


Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Scott, John Linn, 1917-70
Austin (Tex.)
Document Types:
Architectural Drawings
Printed Material

Separated Material

The following items originally in this collection were removed on November 2, 1991: 2 prints of the capitol interior from its original location, AF-Capitol (1888-) C1040(2)b, to its new location, PICA 27023-27024.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was donated by Erich J. Noack on July 10, 1985.

Preferred Citation

John Linn Scott Records (AR.2009.033). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1985/082

Donation Date: 1985

Processing Information

Finding aid was prepared by Tim Wilder in 1991. Finding aid was updated by Kathryn Garvey in 2012.

Finding aid was encoded by Evan Usler in 2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Project Files

Box Folder
1 1 Allandale Estates (Pillow) Elementary School (JS-047)
2-4 T.A. Brown Elementary School (JS-043) 1960
5-16 Capitol Renovations (JS-051) 1964-69
17 Diversa Building (JS-002) 1954
18-19 Hays County Hospital (JS-055) 1959-61
20-21 Johns Clinic and Hospital (JS-057) 1965
22 Nursing Homes - San Marcos (JS-061) 1962
23 Residence at 3001 Pinecrest Dr. - Austin (JS-104) 1959
Box Folder
2 1 Residential Housing Project - Luling (JS-123) 1974
2 Residential Projects - Austin (JS-119) undated
3-4 State Department of Health Laboratory Building - Austin (JS-063) 1943
5-6 Texas Employment Commission, Headquarters Building - Austin (JS-017) 1967
7 Texas Employment Commission, Warehouse - Austin, undated

II. Financial Records, 1969

Box Folder
2 8 Income Tax Returns, 1969

III. Photographs undated

Box Folder
2 9 Photographs, undated

IV. Drawings, 1945-1970

View an index of the architectural drawings here.