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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Atlee B. Ayres Papers, 1896-1946

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Atlee B. Ayres Papers, 1896-1946



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ayres, Atlee Bernard, 1873-1969
Title: Atlee B. Ayres Papers
Dates: 1896-1946
Creator Abstract: Atlee B. Ayres (1873-1969) was a noted San Antonio, Texas, resident and architect involved with more than 500 architectural projects, mostly in and around the Alamo City.
Content Abstract: The Atlee B. Ayres Papers contain miscellaneous personal and business material, including correspondence, financial records, art, and printed ephemera. The artwork, done by Ayres, includes six architectural drawings and two paintings.
Identification: Col 4989
Extent: 1.63 linear feet (1 document box, 1 oversize box)
Language: Materials are primarily in English. One document is in Spanish.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Atlee B. Ayres was a noted San Antonio, Texas, resident and architect involved with more than 500 architectural projects, mostly in and around the Alamo City. The son of Nathan Tandy and Mary Parsons (Atlee) Ayres, Atlee was born in Ohio on 1873 July 13. The family moved to Texas while he was young, first to Houston (1880) and then eventually to San Antonio (1888). Between 1892 and 1894, Ayres attended the Metropolitan School of Art in New York City, where he completed his course with honors. He returned to San Antonio after receiving his diploma, but departed with his new wife, Olive Moss Cox, for Mexico after marrying in 1896. After a brief stay in Mexico, he returned to San Antonio in 1898 to work independently until partnering with Charles A. Coughlin from 1900 to 1905. Robert M. Ayres, Atlee’s son, joined the firm in the early 1920s, with the name of the firm formally changed to Ayres and Ayres in 1925. During his career Ayres was active with the Texas Society of Architects and the Fiesta Association; he was also the author of Mexican Architecture (1926). Ayres remained active as an architect until his death on 1969 November 6, at age 96.

References

“Atlee Bernard Ayres.” Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fay03.

Atlee B. Ayres biographical file, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

“Ayres & Ayres Architects, Atlee Bernard Ayres (1873-1969), Robert Moss Ayres (1898-1977), Architectural drawings, photographs and records, 1894-1977, San Antonio, South and Central Texas.” Finding aid at the Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin. Accessed through Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO).

Ayres family biographical file, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Coote, Robert James. The Eclectic Odyssey of Atlee B. Ayres, Architect. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 2001.

Robert Moss Ayres, Jr. biographical file, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Robert Moss Ayres, Sr. biographical file, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

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Scope and Content Note

The Atlee B. Ayres Papers contain miscellaneous personal and business material, including correspondence, financial records, art, and printed ephemera. The artwork, done by Ayres, includes paintings of San Antonio’s Medical Arts Building and a house surrounded by foliage as well as six architectural drawings. One drawing is labeled “Design for a Suite of Rooms for a Lady of Rank,” and documentation accompanying the collection surmises that the five other architectural art pieces in the collection may also depict rooms and details in this suite. Based on this theory, these six works have been dated to 1896, the year recorded on one of the drawings.

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Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into four series.
Correspondence
Financial records
Printed ephemera
Art and photographs

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Ayres, Atlee Bernard, 1873-1969.
Harris, Ethel Wilson.
Subjects
Architects--Texas--San Antonio.
Architecture--Texas--San Antonio.
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Architectural drawings.
Correspondence.
Financial records.
Paintings.
Photographs.
Printed ephemera.

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Related Material

Ayres & Ayres Architects, Atlee Bernard Ayres (1873-1969), Robert Moss Ayres (1898-1977), Architectural drawings, photographs and records, 1894-1977, San Antonio, South and Central Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Atlee B. Ayres Papers, 1899-1939, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Atlee B. Ayres Papers, 1896-1946, Col 4989, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Maggie Lambeth Books, 1987 December.

Processing Information

Processed by Sara Schmidt, 2011 June.

Finding aid encoded by Sara Schmidt, 2011 June.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Atlee B. Ayres Papers, 1896-1946

Box Folder
1 Correspondence, 1918-1933
1 Letter: Keller and Woodhull, San Antonio, Texas, to Atlee B. Ayres, 1920 February 3. Includes cancelled check to Travis Club, 1918 July 20.
2 Letter: H. K. Dickey, Tavern Talk Publishing Co., Kansas City, Missouri, to Atlee B. Ayres, 1926 April 8.
3 Letter: Ernest Langford, Department of Architecture, Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, College Station, Texas, to Atlee B. Ayres, 1931 April 27.
4 Invitation and envelope: President Herbert Hoover to Atlee B. Ayres, postmarked 1931 November 15.
5 Letter: H. B. Zachry, Laredo, Texas, to Atlee B. Ayres, San Antonio, Texas, 1932 May 2.
6 Letter and envelope: Ethel Wilson Harris, Mexican Arts and Crafts, San Antonio, Texas, to Atlee B. Ayres, 1933 October 28.
Financial records, 1907-1946
7 Accounting book: D & A Oppenheimer Bank, San Antonio, Texas, 1907-1914.
8 Accounting book: Frost National Bank, San Antonio, Texas, 1910.
9 Check book register: Central Trust Company, San Antonio, Texas, 1921.
10 Check book register: D & A Oppenheimer Bank, San Antonio, Texas, 1924-1946.
11 Insurance policy: four boxes of ceramics, insured through Compañia Anónmia de Seguros, “Bilbao”[branch], shipped from Seville, Spain, to San Antonio, Texas, in Spanish, 1928 June 9.
Printed ephemera, 1912-1935 and undated
12 Pass: Department of Corrections, New York, New York, 1912 September 2.
13 Catalog: Tile Floors and Walls for Hospitals, 1916.
14 Passes: U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 1935 April 3.
15 Poem: possibly hand illuminated and gilded, undated.
16 Business cards: 5 items, undated.
17 Club membership cards: 2 items, undated.
Art and photographs, 1896 and undated
18 Photograph: house, unknown location, undated.
Box
Oversize 2 Art, 1896 and undated
House with trees and foliage, possibly pastel on paper, matted and framed, undated.
Medical Arts Building, entrance and corner, San Antonio, Texas, possibly wash drawing on cardboard, matted and framed, undated.
Bathroom ceiling design, possibly part of “Design for a Suite of Rooms for a Lady of Rank,” possibly pencil on paper, matted and framed, possibly 1896.
“Elevation of Bedroom: Design for a Suite of Rooms for a Lady of Rank,” ink on paper, matted, possibly 1896.
“Ceiling Plans,” possibly part of “Design for a Suite of Rooms for a Lady of Rank,” ink on paper, matted, possibly 1896.
“Perspective of Bath Room,” possibly part of “Design for a Suite of Rooms for a Lady of Rank,” pencil on paper, matted, possibly 1896.
“Side Elevation of Bath Room,” possibly part of “Design for a Suite of Rooms for a Lady of Rank,” pencil on paper, matted, possibly 1896.
Interior furnishing designs, chair, table, and possibly bed, possibly part of “Design for a Suite of Rooms for a Lady of Rank,” ink on paper, matted and framed, “T. McMillan” on reverse of backing, 1896.

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