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Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. Maxey House, 1997-1999

II. St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church, 2002

Austin History Center

James Steely Historic Preservation Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Steely, James
Title: James Steely Historic Preservation Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1997-2002
Abstract: While Chief Historian at the Texas Historical Commission, James Steely worked with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas' architectural, archeological and cultural landmarks. The collection contains materials documenting the effort to save the Maxey House in the late 1990s, as well as the documentation and photographs gathered to complete a National Register of Historic Places nomination form for the St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church in 2002.
Identification: AR.2012.007
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

As Chief Historian for the Texas Historical Commission (THC) from 1998 through 2000, Jim Steely worked with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas' architectural, archeological and cultural landmarks. He also held an Adjunct Lecturer position at the University of Texas School of Architecture from 1997-2002.

In 1997 the University of Texas at Austin announced plans to demolish the Maxey House at 107 W. 27th Street, Austin, Texas, to make way for a parking garage. The 1909 house had once been the home of U.S. District Court Judge Thomas S. Maxey and his wife, Francis Campbell Maxey. In his position at the THC, Steely was involved in the effort to save the building and worked with local preservationists, All Saints Church and the University of Texas to find a solution. Although THC requested the University not disturb the house and instead redesign the garage, the University decided to sell it for a nominal price to someone who was willing to move the house. A local construction company owner bought the house and moved it to East 33rd and Duval. While the house was saved from destruction Steely was left "still pondering this issue of how much history is lost once the house is moved."

The former St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church located at 211 West Johanna St, Austin, Texas, now the home of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Austin and Travis County, was constructed in 1939 and is designed in the Mission Revival Style. In 2002, Lauren Broussard, as part of project for a course in Building Documentation at the University of Austin, School of Architecture, Historic Preservation Program taught by Steely, researched the property and completed an application for the National Register of Historic Places. The application was not submitted by request of the owner.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials pertaining to two historic properties located in Austin, Texas; the Maxey House and St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church (Boys and Girls Clubs of Austin and Travis County). The Maxey House records (1997-1999) consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, research files, reports, and photographs that document the Texas Historical Commission's efforts to save the Maxey House from being torn down to allow the University of Texas to build a parking garage. The correspondence provides insight into how preservationists and other interested parties worked together to try to save a historic landmark. The St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church materials (2002) include an oral history of parishioner Fred Rothberger, photographs of the property and a completed National Register of Historic Places Registration Form.

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Arrangement

Arranged into two series:
I. Maxey House
II. St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Broussard, Lauren.
Rothberger, Fred.
Steely, James.
Organizations:
St. Ignatius, Martyr Church.
Texas Historical Commission.
University of Texas at Austin.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
Historic buildings--Texas--Austin.
Historic sites--Texas--Austin.

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Related Material

AF Subject - Churches - Catholic - St. Ignatius Martyr C3550 (17)

AF House/Building - 27th. Street, West 107

AF Biography - Maxey, Thomas Sheldon, 1846-1921.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James Steely Historic Preservation Papers (AR.2012.007). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2012/010

Donation Date: 2012

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

I. Maxey House, 1997-1999

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1997-1998
2 Documentation, 1997-1999, undated
3 Move (house), 1998
4 Publicity, 1997-1998

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II. St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church, 2002

Box Folder
1 5 Oral history, 2002
6 National Register Nomination form , 2002

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