Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Ray Watkin Strange Research Materials for "William Ward Watkin and the Rice Institute,"1917-1985 MS 465



creator Strange, Ray Watkin Hoagland
Title: Ray Watkin Strange Research Materials for "William Ward Watkin and the Rice Institute"
Dates: 1917-1985
1917-1985
Abstract: This material covers the architectural career of the Ms. Strange's father, William Ward Watkin, including his private architecture practice and well as his relationship with Rice Institute as Supervising Architect, touching briefly on his personal life. The material was gathered by Ms. Strange and much of it served as research for the book: William Ward Watkin and The Rice Institute by Patrick James Nicholson (published 1991 by Gulf Pub. Co.).
Identification: MS 465
Quantity: 5.5 Linear Feet11 boxes
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Annie Ray Watkin, eldest of three children of William Ward Watkin and Annie Ray Townsend, was born May 11, 1915 in Houston, TX at the Watkin residence, 5009 Caroline. She was home schooled through second grade by her mother and then entered the Kinkaid School (San Jacinto @ Elgin) where she graduated from the tenth grade. The family traveled to France in 1928-29 for her father to study architecture. In 1930 she entered Chatham Hall, an Episcopal Preparatory School in Chatham, VA and majored in American history. She attended Rice Institute from Sept. 1932 to June 1936, graduating with a baccalaureate degree in liberal arts with a major in French. She was queen of Rice Institute's Archi-Arts Ball in 1936 and the same year was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Ray married Carl Biehl, a shipping executive, in Dec. 1939 and moved with him to Washington, DC where he had accepted a position with the War Shipping Department. After her husband left for England with the Army Transportation Corps, Ray returned to Houston and pursued a master of arts degree in the history of art at Rice Institute under the auspices of the School of Architecture and professor James Chillman. She received her MA in 1944. Ray served as secretary of the Houston chapter of the American Red Cross through 1945 and as Red Cross Arts and Skills Corps Chairman in 1947. Ray formed the Rice Alumni History Committee in 1975, now the Alumni Archives Committee, and permanently endows the William Ward Watkin Traveling Scholarship in Architecture. Ray divorced Biehl in 1955 and in 1961 married Henry W. Hoagland, spending time between Boston, Houston, Kennebunkport, ME and Tucson, AZ. Following Hoagland's death, Ray married Robert F. Strange on Jan. 25, 1997 and now lives in Brenham, TX.


Scope and Contents

These materials document the career of William Ward Watkin, including his private architecture practice and well as his relation with Rice Institute, and touches briefly on his personal life. The material was maintained by Watkin's daughter, Ray Watkin Strange, and served as research for the book: William Ward Watkin and The Rice Institute by Patrick James Nicholson (published 1991 by Gulf Pub. Co.). Dates range from 1917-1985, and formats include correspondence, notes, clippings, interviews, brochures, sketches, typescripts, photographs.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No access restrictions; this material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

No access restrictions, but permission to publish material from the Ray Watkin Hoagland Research Materials for "William Ward Watkin and the Rice Institute"> must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.


Index Terms

clippings (information artifacts)
interviews
corrrespondence
sketchbooks
Architects -- Texas
photographs
typescripts
Houston (Texas) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
notes
brochures
Strange, Ray Watkin Hoagland
Watkin, William Ward
Rice University
Rice Architectural Society
Nicholson, Patrick James
Rice University. Department of Architecture

Related Material

William Ward Watkin Papers MS352

William Ward Watkin and Ray Watkin Hoagland [Strange] information/vertical files


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ray Watkin Strange Research Materials for "William Ward Watkin and the Rice Institute," 1917-1985, MS 465, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

The materials were donated by Ray Watkin Strange and Mr. & Mrs. (Rosemary Watkin) Nolan E. Barrick in 1965 and 1979, and deeded as a gift in 1998. Addenda in 1999, 2000.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1-8 Series I: William Ward Watkin's Architectural Career 1923-52
5 linear inches
Scope and Contents note
This series includes newsclips, correspondence and published materials regarding William Ward Watkin's architectural projects.
1 Architectural works, general-newsclips, etc.
2 Published materials on Watkin's architectural works:
2 The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1972
2 Houston: An Architectural Guide 1972
2 The Touch of Time; Myth, Memory, and the Self 1980
2 Church Building in Boston, 1720-1970 1974
2 The Flying Owls; Rice Institute from the Air 1921
3 [oversize materials removed to Box 5]
3 Brochure of the Work of Wm Ward Watkin, Architect c. 1963
3 The Fondren Library, The Rice Institute, Houston, TX prospectus 1947
3 Pen and ink rendering on paper by H.C. Jemison of sanctuary screen at Christ Episcopal Church, Houston [designed by W.W. Watkin] 1978
3 Art Work of Houston, Texas; published in Twelve Parts; the Gravure Illustration Co., Parts 1-4, 6-12 1904:
4 Julia Ideson Building, Houston Public Library-Reopening and restoration, (designed by R.A. Cram; W.W. Watkin, Supervising Architect) Feb. 1979
5 Article materials on R.A. Cram 1898, 1925, 1970s, 1980
6 "Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson: Plans and Architectural Drawings for the Development of the Rice Institute Campus, 1909-1930;" designs by W.W. Watkin in Boston office 1909
7 Dr. Mrs. George Hill House, Houston, TX 1930s
8 Texas Technological College, Lubbock, TX, Administration Building 1923-28, 1952



Box
1-4 Series II: William Ward Watkin at Rice Institute/University 1917-52 [1960s-70s]
12.5 linear inches
Scope and Contents note
This series includes records of William Ward Watkin's involvement with academics, specifically the Architecture Department, and athletics, campus buildings and Rice history.
Box Folder
1 9 Rice Architectural Society: Constitution and minutes: 1917-23, 1926-28
10 Rice Architectural Society: Minutes 1934-42
11 Rice Architectural Society: Minutes 1942-47
12 Rice Architectural Society: General 1963-68
Box Folder
2 1 Rice Architectural Society: Archi-Arts Balls 1950s-70s
2 Rice Architecture graduates list, advanced degrees to 1916-59; 1961
3 Rice Institute School of Architecture MCMXXVIII [1928]
4 Rice School of Architecture: Annual Reports 1957, 1961, 1969-70, 1970-71
5 Rice School of Architecture: William Ward Watkin Traveling Fellowship 1960s, 1980s
6 Rice School of Architecture: Rice ASC/AIA constitution, by-laws 1958, n.d.
7 Rice School of Architecture: Weekly reports 1967-69, 72
8 Rice Architecture Department Faculty: James Chillman, Jr. 1916-1970s
9 Rice Architecture Department Faculty: Francis X. Keally 1929-70s
10 Rice Architecture Department Faculty: William McVey 1960s-70s
11 Rice Architecture Department Faculty: Correspondence 1916-41
12 Rice: Athletics/Southwest Conference-General 1918-27, 1938, 1964
Box Folder
3 1 Rice: Athletics/Southwest Conference-General 1953, 1974
2 Rice: Civilian defense, WWII
3 Rice: Design and construction of Institute buildings 1908-27, 1940s-70s
4 Rice: Founder's Statue 1930, 1963
5 Rice and Houston: History and descriptions 1938, 1967-68
6 Rice: Reminiscences, history 1930, 1938, 1960s
Architecture at Rice University:
Volumes 1-14
Box
4 Architecture at Rice University:
Volumes 15-22, 25



Box Folder
4 1-15 Series III: William Ward Watkin Personal/Family 1920s-80s
1 linear inch
Scope and Contents note
This series consists of biographical information, interviews and correspondence and related materials on his family.
1 William Ward Watkin biographical information
2 William Ward Watkin biography interviews 1960s, 1977
3 William Ward Watkin biography correspondence 1960s-70s
4 Correspondence, general 1920s-81
5 Watkin family: Josephine Cockrell Watkin, Ray Watkin Hoagland, Rosemary Watkin Barrick, W.W. Watkin, Jr. 1940s-70s
6 "For the Future, Fitness and Harmony"Pencil Points Feb. 1932
7 William Ward Watkin bust-corresp. With McVey (sculptor) 1974-76
8 Rice University Fund Council 1973-84
9 Rice University Architectural Alumni Association
10 Rice University School of Architecture annual reports
11 William Ward Watkin Traveling Fellowship
12 Rice Institute Traveling Scholarship in Architecture
13 Correspondence: William Ward Watkin to Rosemary Watkin Barrick
Box
5 Oversize materials from Box 3
Brochure of the Work of Wm Ward Watkin, Architect c. 1963
The Fondren Library, The Rice Institute, Houston, TX prospectus 1947
Pen and ink rendering on paper by H.C. Jemison of sanctuary screen at Christ Episcopal Church, Houston [designed by W.W. Watkin] 1978
Art Work of Houston, Texas; published in Twelve Parts; the Gravure Illustration Co., Parts 1-4, 6-12 [for complete series, see WRC F394 .H8 A88] 1904:



Box
6-11 Addenda
Box Folder
6(ov) 1 Cram, Goodhue Ferguson plans for Rice campus (copies)
2 William Ward Watkin architectural sketch, University of Pennsylvania 1908
3 Photograph, William Ward Watkin and others, Granada, Spain 1925
Box Folder
7 1 American Institute of Architects
2 Archi-Arts
3 [Rice] Architectural style
4 [Rice] Architecture Department
5 [Rice] Architecture School
6 [Rice] Athletics
7 [Committee on] Athletics
8 Baldwin Memorial Archives
9 [U.S.] Board of Architectural Consultants
10 Buildings, Rice campus
11 [Rice] Campus construction
12 Carrington, Samuel
13 Correspondence: Watkin-general
14 Correspondence: Watkin/Lovett
15 Cram, Goodhue Ferguson, Architects
Box Folder
8 1 Cram, Goodhue Ferguson, Architects
2 Cram, Ralph Adams
3 Cret, Paul
4 Endress Watkin
5 [Rice] Faculty
6 [Rice] Faculty Club
7 Fox, Stephen
8 [The] Gables
9 Guerard, Albert J.
10 Guion Hall
11 Heitman House (Shadyside) general information
12 Hooten, Claude
13 Houston Chamber of Commerce
14 Houston Country Club
15 Houston history
16 Houston Public Library reopening
17 Interviews
18 Interviews
Box Folder
9 1 James Stewart Company
2 Keally, Francis
3 Kinkaid School
4 [Rice] Landscaping
5 Lassig, Oswald
6 Lovett, E.O.
7 Martino, Tony
8 [Houston] Museum of Fine Arts
9 Nicholson, Patrick J.
10 No-Tsu-Oh
11 Palmer Church
12 Photos-Rice University
13 [Rice] President's House
14 Rice history
15 Rice history
16 Rice master plan
17 [William Marsh] Rice statue
18 Ritz Theater
19 [Rice] Seal, shield
20 [Houston] Social clubs
21 [Rice] Stadium seating plan
22 Sul Ross State University
23 Tellepsen, Howard T.
24 Texas Tech
25 [Rice] Traveling Scholarship in Architecture
Box Folder
10 1-2 [Rice] Traveling Scholarship in Architecture
3 Trinity Church
4-5 Vesey, Francis
6 Watkin, Annie Ray Townsend
7 Watkin, Nunn, McGinty Phenix Associated Architects
8 Watkin, W.W.-biography and resume
9 Watkin, W.W.-book, general
10 Watkin, W.W.-book clean-up file
11 Watkin, W.W.-book correspondence with Gulf Publishing Co.
12 Watkin, W.W.-book correspondence with Patrick Nicholson
13 Watkin, W.W.-book layout
14 Watkin, W.W.-book
Box Folder
11 1-2 Watkin, W.W.-book layout photos
3 Watkin, W.W.-bust
4 Watkin, W.W.-estate, book royalties
5 Watkin, W.W.-memorial fund
6 Watkin, W.W.-private practice
7 Watkin, W.W.-private practice, projects
8-9 Watkin, W.W.-publications