Austin History Center

Graeber, Simmons & Cowan Drawings and Photographs

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Graeber, Simmons & Cowan
Title: Graeber, Simmons & Cowan Drawings and Photographs
Inclusive Dates: 1986-1995
Abstract: Graeber, Simmons & Cowan was founded in 1978 in Austin, Texas by David Graeber, A.M. Simmons and Tommy Neal Cowan. The small collection consists of five sets of drawings and eight photographic renderings of the Children's Hospital at Brackenridge dating from 1986 to 1995.
Identification: AR.2009.027
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box), 1 flat file drawer (5 drawings) and 3 microfilm reels (86 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

Administrative History

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.

Scope and Contents

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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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Cowan, Tom.
Graeber, David.
Simmons, A. M.
Graeber, Simmons & Cowan.
Austin (Tex.)
Document Types:
Architectural drawings.

Related Material

General Collection - A 725.5097643 GR Professional Office Building and Parking Garage, St. David's Hospital, 1979

Austin Files - Architects--Graeber, Simmons & Cowan A5600 (16)

AF Biography - Graeber, David

Administrative Information

Custodial History

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.

Preferred Citation

Graeber, Simmons & Cowan Drawings and Photographs (AR.2009.027). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1986/114

Donation Date: 1986

Donor #: DO/1994/083

Donation Date: 1995

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Project Files, circa 1985

Box Folder
1 1 Children's Hospital at Brackenridge photo renderings, circa 1985

II. Drawings, 1986-1995

View an index of the architectural drawings here.