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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. Office Files, 1980-1994, undated

II. Prospects, 1967-1993

III. Project Files, 1973-1997

IV. Drawings, circa 1970s-1990s (not yet processed)

V. Photographs, 1987-1996, undated

Austin History Center

Dan Powell Drawings and Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Powell, Dan
Title: Dan Powell Drawings and Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1967-1997
Abstract: Papers pertaining to Daniel Turner Powell, Jr., designer of residential and commercial properties located in Travis County, Texas. The collection includes drawings, photographs, correspondence, and project files related to the homes and commercial buildings Powell designed and built during the 1970s-1990s.
Identification: AR.2011.017
Quantity: 4.2 linear feet (8 boxes)
Location: Architectural Archives, Outer Vault
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Daniel Turner Powell, Jr. was born in Luling, Texas on June 23, 1923. The son of Daniel Turner Powell, Sr. and Jennie Mae Davis Powell, he had one brother, James. He married Maxine Alexander Linn in Austin.

Powell was a captain in the Air Force and served as Navigator for the 416th Night Fighter Squadron in World War II. He was a lifetime member of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States.

Powell studied Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin and was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He owned and operated Daniel Powell Builders in Austin for approximately fifty years, specializing in designing and building custom homes. He was a lifetime member of the Austin Association of Builders. In the 1980s, his projects were mainly focused in northwest Austin and Lakeway, areas experiencing rapid growth. The collection includes homes built in the following neighborhoods: Balcones Park, Barton Hills, Cat Mountain, Canyon View Estates, Lakeland Hills, Lakeside, Mesa Oaks, Mount Bonnell, Onion Creek, Spicewood Summit, Travis Vista, Village of the Hills, and West Lake Hills.

His wife, Maxine Linn Powell, owned Royce Studios, a commercial portrait studio, located on Lavaca Street and, later, Guadalupe in downtown Austin, from the 1940s through her retirement in 1983.

Daniel Turner Powell, Jr. died in Austin on January 5, 2004, at the age of 80. He is buried at Highsmith Cemetery near Luling, Texas with his wife, who died on February 12, 2010 at the age of 99.

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Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection date from 1967 to 1997 and consist primarily of records generated by Powell in the course of residential and commercial building projects in Austin, Travis County, and the surrounding areas. During the 1970s and early 1980s, Austin experienced a development boom, particularly in the subdivisions outside of central Austin. Powell was the designer for many homes in these new areas of growth, including Balcones Park, Barton Hills, Cat Mountain, Canyon View Estates, Lakeland Hills, Lakeside, Mesa Oaks, Mount Bonnell, Onion Creek, Spicewood Summit, Travis Vista, Village of the Hills, and West Lake Hills.

The documents consist primarily of project files containing financial summaries, building permits, change orders, contracts with clients and contractors, correspondence, sketches, photographs, negatives, and occasional job bids. There are also several notebooks with details about prospective projects, correspondence and sketches filed and stapled within them. Other materials include newspaper clippings, an address book, legal documents regarding a lawsuit, and correspondence unrelated to projects. In addition, the Dan Powell collection includes hundreds of architectural drawings.

The Office Files series (1980-1994, undated) makes up the smallest portion of this collection. The material in this series consists of an address book, legal documents regarding a lawsuit, newspaper clippings and correspondence. The correspondence related to specific projects comes from two customers, Frank W. Mayborn and William J. Hudspeth, while correspondence unrelated to specific projects includes a letter from Senator John Tower and a receipt for an oriental rug from Hong Kong.

The Prospects series (1967-1993) consists of ten notebooks organized chronologically by year with information pertaining to potential projects, names and addresses of clients, sketches, preliminary project lists, and related correspondence. The information in these notebooks provides evidence of Powell's day-to-day operations as a designer and builder of residential homes and commercial buildings. He was consistently making connections and jotting down ideas and plans for potential projects. Some of the names jotted down in these notebooks later end up with complete project files of their own.

The Project Files series (1973-1997) makes up the largest and most significant portion of the manuscript materials in the collection. The material in this series consists of financial summaries, correspondence with clients and contractors, sketches, and other printed material related to the construction of these homes. The files are arranged alphabetically by client last name. Addresses, where known, are included with file titles. Many clients commissioned him for more than one project. Included among his top clients were Norman Hackerman, former president of the University of Texas at Austin and Rice University, and his wife Gene. Some of the project files contain negatives that were removed for preservation purposes and will be stored according to accession number and file name in the Outer Vault. Photograph prints will remain in the project files in which they were originally filed.

The Drawings series (circa 1970s-1990s) includes hundreds of sets of architectural drawings. These materials have not been processed as of yet.

The Photographs series (1987-1996, undated) consists of negatives and prints related to Powell's projects. They provide evidence of both the process and in some cases the finished product of the homes Powell built. Additionally, seemingly random shots, including photos of people and dogs, occur within the rolls. The photographs have been divided into three distinct groups. The first group is arranged chronologically by date, the second group alphabetically by project name, and the final group consists of all the unidentified and undated negatives and prints.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in four series:
I. Office Files, 1980-1994, undated
II. Prospects, 1967-1993
III. Project Files, 1973-1997
IV. Drawings, circa 1970s-1990s (not yet processed)
V. Photographs, 1987-1996, undated

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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:
Hackerman, Norman, 1912-2007.
Powell, Dan, 1923-2004.
Organizations:
Austin Association of Builders.
Daniel Powell Builders.
Places:
Austin (Tex.).
Balcones Park (Tex.).
Barton Hills (Tex.).
Cat Mountain (Tex.).
Canyon View Estates (Tex.).
Lakeland (Tex.).
Lakeside (Tex.).
Lakeway (Tex.).
Mesa Oaks (Tex.).
Mount Bonnell (Tex.).
Onion Creek (Tex.).
Spicewood Summit (Tex.).
Travis County (Tex.).
Travis Vista (Tex.).
Village of the Hills (Tex.).
West Lake Hills (Tex.).
Subjects:
Architecture-Texas-Austin.
Architecture-Texas-Austin-Designs and plans.
Architecture-Texas-Travis County.
Document Types:
Architectural drawings
Correspondence
Legal documents
Negatives
Newspaper clippings
Photographs
Project files

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Related Material

AR.2009.059 Barbee Architects, Inc. Records and Drawings

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Items donated by a family member.

Preferred Citation

Dan Powell Drawings and Papers (AR. 2011.017). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2011/017

Donation Date: 2011

Processing Information

Due to deteriorating condition, project file folders were photocopied when Powell's handwritten notes were present. Materials not pertaining to the historical record of the construction process were deaccessioned.

Final Processing and Finding Aid By: Emily Bulger, Sydney Gulbronson, and Anne Kofmehl/2012.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

I. Office Files, 1980-1994, undated

Box Folder
1 1 Address Book, undated
2 Clippings, 1991
3 Correspondence, 1980-1981
4 Legal Documents, 1994

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II. Prospects, 1967-1993

Box Folder
1 5 Prospects, 1967-1968
6 Prospects, 1970-1971
7 Prospects, 1971-1976
Box Folder
2 1 Prospects, 1976-1977
2 Prospects, 1978-1980
Box Folder
3 1 Prospects, 1980-1981
2 Prospects, 1980-1983
3 Prospects, 1984-1987
Box Folder
4 1 Prospects, 1987-1993

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III. Project Files, 1973-1997

Box Folder
4 2 Andrews, Giles, 1009 Challenger, 1982-1984
3 Baker, John, Dr., 3413 Ledgestone, 1984-1985
4 Baker, John, Dr., 3413 Ledgestone, 1990-1991
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Baker, Negatives, 1990-1991
Box Folder
4 5 Bing, R.H., Dr., 3701 Mt. Bonnell Rd., 1974
6 Bing, R.H., Dr., 3701 Mt. Bonnell Rd., 1985-1986
7 Bing, R.H., Dr., 5802 Longhorn Landing, 1978-1979
Box Folder
5 1 BKW Subdivision, 1001-1003 E. 41st St., 1988
2 Bourianoff, George, Jr. and Linda, 1204 W. 44th St., 1986-1987
3 Bourianoff, George, Jr. and Linda, 4522 Burnet Rd., 1985
4 Briscoe, Sue, 106 Challenger Cove, 1978-1979
5 Briscoe, Sue, 106 Challenger Cove, 1978-1979
6 Briscoe, Sue, 106 Challenger Cove, 1983-1984
7 Cecil, S., 1980
8 Croom, Bonnie, 5002 Lakeview and Wilson, M., 3508 Mt. Bonnell Rd., 1984
9 Davis, Ted E. and Sandy, 1127 Challenger, 1979-1981
10 Day, Edward and Grace, 4605 Indian Wells Dr., 1977-1978
11 Drummond, William E. and Stephanie, 3401 Fairview Cove, 1981-1983
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Drummond, Negatives, 1981-1983
Box Folder
5 12 Edmonson, Don and Blanche, 4427 Crestway Dr., 1990-1993
Box Folder
6 1 Folkers, Karl, Dr., 6406 Mesa Dr., 1990
2 Hackerman, Norman and Gene, 2001 Pecos, 1984-1987
3 Hackerman, Norman and Gene, 2001 Pecos, 1989
4 Hackerman, Norman and Gene, 2001 Pecos, 1990
5 Hackerman, Norman and Gene, 3421 Pecos #12, 1985
6 Hackerman, Norman and Gene, 709 Vanguard, 1983-1984
7 Hackerman, Norman and Gene, 709 Vanguard and 2001 Pecos, 1991
8 Hackerman, Norman and Gene, 709 Vanguard, 1992
9 Hildebrand, Frank, 2705 Trail of Madrones, 1972-1974
10 Hopkins, Wallace K. and Margaret, 217 Capri, 1986
11 Jenkins, Lee, 436 Eagle, 1979-1980
12 Klaskin, Mr. and Mrs. Roy, 6901 Stahl Drive, 1990-1991
13 Logue, L.L., 126 Sailfish, 1980-1981
Box Folder
7 1 Nunnally, Pat, Dr., 1502 Wildcat Hollow, 1989
2 Parker, Robert, Dr., 54 Club Estates Parkway, 1983-1984
3 Pradzynski, Andre and Halina, 13108 Travis View Loop, 1991
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Pradzynski, Negatives, 1991
Box Folder
7 4 Pradzynski, Andre and Halina, 5403 Burnet Rd., 1992
5 Samuelson, Daniel R., 4400 Balcones Dr., 1998
6 Simons, Milton and Ceil, 7916 Ridgeline North, 1991
7 Taylor, Jack, 3421 Monte Vista Dr., 1987
8 Taylor, Peter, 3506 Mt. Bonnell Rd., 1986-1987
9 Thompson, Bob, 1728 Glencliff Dr., 1984-1985
10 Wilson, M., 3508 Mt. Bonnell Rd., 1980-1981
11 Winters, Sam, 1708 Windsor Rd., 1987
12 Winters, Sam, 3504 Mt. Bonnell Rd., 1986
13 Winters, Sam, 3504 Mt. Bonnell Rd., 1988
Box Folder
8 1 Young, Jim and Phyllis, 7304 West Rim, 1988
2 Young, Jim and Phyllis, 7304 West Rim, 1997

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IV. Drawings, circa 1970s-1990s (not yet processed)

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V. Photographs, 1987-1996, undated

Box Folder
8 3 Photographs with last name and/or address, undated
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Photographs with last name and/or address, Negatives, undated
Box Folder
8 4 Photographs with date only, 1987-1996
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Photographs with date only, Negatives, 1987-1996
Box Folder
8 5 Unidentified photographs, undated
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives drawer Unidentified photographs, Negatives, undated
B&W Negatives drawer Unidentified photographs, Negatives, undated

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