Austin History Center

Harry Groll Newton Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Newton, Harry Groll
Title: Harry Groll Newton Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1908-1963
Abstract: Harry Groll Newton, landscape architect, moved to Austin in 1926. He taught at the University of Texas and served as City of Austin Superintendent of Parks as well as completing private landscape commissions. The correspondence, certificates and diplomas, scrapbook, photo album and photograph in the collection document his personal and professional life from the early 1900s to 1963.
Identification: AR.1994.016
Quantity: 2 linear foot (1 box, 1 photo album and 1 scrapbook)
Location: Archives stacks, artifacts, qAR, oversize volumes, 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

Harry Groll Newton was born (early 1890s) and attended high school in Indiana. He went on to earn a bachelor and masters of arts from Indiana University. He served as an officer in the United States Army in World War I before continuing his education at the University of California where he earned a master of science in landscape architecture and at Columbia University where he earned a PH.D in administration. Newton traveled and studied landscape design in Europe before returning to the United States and eventually moving to Austin, Texas in 1926. He worked as a landscape architect on residential and commercial commissions including the Harry Landa estate in San Antonio, Texas; William S. Drake Twin Oaks estate, Fort Stockton, Texas park and the preliminary landscape plan for Zilker Park. In the mid-1920s he was hired by The University of Texas to teach a course in landscape architecture. He was hired as the City of Austin Superintendent of Parks in 1953 and retired in 1957.

Newton had one daughter, Margaret Jane Newton Stevenson. Newspaper articles report that he was a descendent of Sir Isaac Newton.

Newton was also an artist and writer and a member of the American Poetry Society, the Poetry Society of Texas, the Austin Poetry Society and the Texas Fine Arts Association. Upon his death he left his residence at 2108 Lake Austin Boulevard to the Austin Poetry Society and it served as the headquarters for the organization. The home was eventually demolished to make way for MoPac. Newton died on September 16, 1964.

Scope and Contents

The Newton papers, dating from the early 1900s to 1963, contains correspondence from his daughter Peggy, antiques sellers, friends and civic organizations; undergraduate and graduate diplomas; a Newton family genealogical chart; two handwriting analysis reports; parks and recreation department administrative materials; real estate and legal transaction records; materials related to getting a book of poetry published; and a photograph of Newton. Also included is a scrapbook with newspaper clippings, programs and handwritten notes of national, local and family event dating from 1910 to 1959. The photo album contains mostly unidentified photographs with very few dates provided. Images include portraits, family and friend group photos as well as photographs of landscapes and architecture. Lastly is a plaster cast bust of Newton.


Arranged by material type.


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Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Newton, Harry Groll.
Austin (Tex.). Department of Parks and Recreation.
Austin (Tex.)
American poetry--Texas--Austin.

Related Material

Archives & Manuscripts

  • AR.1994.007 Austin Poetry Society Records
  • AR.Z.025 Austin (Tex.). Parks & Recreation Department Records

Austin Files

  • AF Biography - Newton, Harry Groll (text and photographs)
  • AF Subject - Poetry - Austin Poetry Society P4700 (11)
  • AF House/Building - 2108 Lake Austin Boulevard (Poetry House)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Harry Groll Newton Papers (AR.1994.016). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1980/010

Donation Date: 1988

The original donation included photographs, plaster-cast bust of Newton and school diplomas.

The photo album was donated separately and the donor is unknown.

Additional materials were purchased in 2014.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence - assorted, 1923-1958, undated
2 Correspondence from Peggy (daughter), 1942, 1962
Location BoxItem
qAR 005/041; 010/014-017 Diplomas, 1896-1906, 1922-1923
005/042 Genealogical chart, undated
Box Folder
1 3 Handwriting analysis, 1929
4 Photograph, undated
Location Album
Outer Vault No. 154 Photograph album, 1908-1951, undated
Location BoxItem
Artifacts 000/003 Plaster cast bust, undated
Box Folder
1 5 Professional materials, 1949-1959
6 Real estate and legal records, 1949-1951
Oversize Volumes Scrapbook, 1910-1959
Box Folder
1 7 Writing and publishing materials, 1957-1963