Austin History Center

W. E. Ketchum Drawings and Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Ketchum, W. E.
Title: W. E. Ketchum Drawings and Records
Inclusive Dates: 1918-1931
Abstract: William E. Ketchum was an Austin, Texas architect that practiced from the 1910s through the 1940s. The small collection contains architectural drawings and specifications for the remodel of the Travis County Courthouse into State offices (1931), drawings for two cottages at 209 E. Milton, Austin and two perspectives drawings of an unidentified courthouse and the Thomas J. Rusk building at Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College.
Identification: AR.2009.021
Quantity: .6 linear feet (1 box and 1 architecture roll) and 1 flat file drawer (1 set of drawings and 2 perspectives on board)
Location: Architectural Archives
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

William E. Ketchum was born in Indiana in the mid-1880s. By the time the 1900 Federal Census was taken the family moved to Austin, Texas. The 1910 Federal Census lists his occupation as architect. He is also listed in the Austin City Directory as an architect-engineer "specializing in public, commercial and residential work" from the 1910s through the 1940s.

When Travis County decided to build a new courthouse in the 1930s the State made a trade with Travis County, by which it gave the county another site, plus a cash payment covering the estimated value of the old courthouse located at the corner of 11th and Congress Streets, Austin. The old jail attached to the courthouse was torn down to make space for the State Highway building. The courthouse was remodeled by Ketchum and used for offices for the Game and Fish Commission. It was given the name "Walton Building" combining recognition of the name of Izaak Walton and Buck Walton. Ketchum was well known and designed many buildings throughout the state including two buildings for the Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College including the J. Rusk Building; a library for the East Texas State Teachers College and for the Sam Houston State Teachers College; a building for the Congregation Agudas Achim at 10th and San Jacinto Streets, Austin; and Austin State Hospital buildings.


Scope and Contents

The small collection of William E. Ketchum contains a set of architectural drawings and specifications for the remodel of the Travis County Courthouse to state office building (1931) and drawings of 2 cottages for Gertrude Ketchum at 209 E. Milton, Austin (circa 1918). In addition there are 2 perspective drawings of an unidentified courthouse and the Thomas J. Rusk building at Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College (1925).


Arrangement

Arranged by material type.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

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.
Persons:
Ketchum, William E.
Organizations:
Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College.
Travis County.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Nacogdoches (Tex.)
Subjects:
Architecture--Texas.
Historic buildings--Texas--Austin
Document Types:
Architectural drawings.
Building specifications.

Related Material

Austin Files Courthouse - Travis County, 1877-1930 C7820


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William E. Ketchum Papers (AR.2009.21). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1996/042

Donation Date: 1996

This donor information is for the architectural drawings of Residence for Miss G. B. Ketchum. It is unknown who donated the remaining materials.

Processing Information

Drawings processed by Ida Scott in 1988, Ruth Baker in 1996. Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2016.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Specifications, 1931

Box Folder
1 1 Specifications for Repairing and Remodeling Old Travis County Court House into State Office Building, 1931



Architectural Drawings and Designs, circa 1918, 1931, undated

Location Folder
Architectural Archives flat files FF-002/WEK Courthouse perspective (WEK-002), undated
FF-001/WEK Residence for Miss G. B. Ketchum (WEK-004), circa 1918
FF-00/WEK Thomas J. Rusk Building, Stephen F. Austin Teachers College (WEK-001), circa 1925
Location Roll
Architectural Archives rolled drawings R-001/WEK Travis County Courthouse Conversion (WEK-003), 1931