Graeber, Simmons & Cowan Drawings and Photographs
An Inventory of the Collection
Graeber, Simmons & Cowan was founded in 1978 in Austin, Texas by David Graeber, A.M. Simmons and Tommy Neal Cowan. Graeber, formerly of Brooks, Barr, Graeber and White who merged with 3D/International in 1973, decided he was tired of the travel required by a corporate architecture firm. He resigned from 3D/I and created a firm that would allow him work "in his own culture and in his own town." The company evolved from a three-person firm into one of Austin's leading architectural firms. The firm is particularly known for work on high-tech and education projects, including design work for Sematech, Motorola, Advanced Micro Devices, Austin Community College and Texas A&M. Graeber retired in 1995, Simmons in 2008 and Cowan in 2009. Graeber, Simmons & Cowan was renamed GSC Architects in 2010.
The Graeber, Simmons & Cowan collection contains three sets of drawings for renovations or additions to existing buildings (1994-1995) on microfilm, a presentation drawing/photograph of the Southwest Texas State University Learning Resource Center (1986) and documentation of the building facade of A. C. Baldwin & Sons Printing Shop (1986). Also included are eight photo renderings of The Children's Hospital at Brackenridge dated circa 1980s.
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The microfilm reels of architectural drawings were donated by McGraw Hill and the remaining materials were donated by 3D/International where Graeber formerly was employed.
Graeber, Simmons & Cowan Drawings and Photographs (AR.2009.027). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1986/114
Donation Date: 1986
Donor #: DO/1994/083
Donation Date: 1995
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.
Detailed Description of the Collection