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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: William Ward Watkin's Architectural Career, 1923-52,

Series II: William Ward Watkin at Rice Institute/University, 1917-52 [1960s-70s],

Series III: William Ward Watkin Personal/Family, 1920s-80s,

Addenda

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Ray Watkin Strange Research Materials for William Ward Watkin and the Rice Institute,1917-1985



Creator: Strange, Ray Watkin, ed.
Title: Ray Watkin Strange Research Materials for William Ward Watkin and the Rice Institute
Dates: 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
Extent: 30 linear inches
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Note

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.

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Scope and Contents

The collection of research materials totals five document boxes. The materials cover the career of the creator's father, William Ward Watkin, including his private architecture practice and well as his relation with Rice Institute, and touches briefly on his personal life. Much of the material 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.

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Arrangement

The Ray Watkin Hoagland Research Materials are arranged in three series, with a fourth series of recently added materials:
Series I: William Ward Watkin's Architectural Career, 1923-52, 5 linear inches
The series includes newsclips, correspondence and published materials regarding William Ward Watkin's architectural projects.
Series II: William Ward Watkin at Rice Institute/University, 1917-52 [1960s-70s], 12.5 linear inches
The series includes records of William Ward Watkin's involvement with academics, specifically the Architecture Department, and athletics, campus buildings and Rice history.
Series III: William Ward Watkin Personal/Family, 1920s-80s, 1 linear inch
The series consists of biographical information, interviews and correspondence and related materials on his family.
Series IV: Addenda
This material, recently added to the papers, has not yet been arranged, but has been listed here at the folder level, with some items being described individually. It includes photographs, correspondence, family deeds, and materials related to the publication of Nicholson's book.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No access restrictions; this material is open for research.

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.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Watkin, William Ward, 1886-1952.
Nicholson, Patrick James,1921-| William Watkin and the Rice Institute - Sources.
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice Architectural Society.
Rice University - Department of Architecture.
Rice University - Buildings.
Rice University - Societies.
Rice University - History - Research.
Titles
William Ward Watkin and the Rice Institute.
Subjects
Architects - Texas - Houston - Biography.
Places
Houston (Tex.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Titles:
William Ward Watkin and the Rice Institute - Research.
Formats
Correspondence.
Notes.
Clippings.
Interviews.
Brochures.
Sketches.
Typescripts.
Photographs.

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Related Material

William Ward Watkin Papers MS352

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

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ray Watkin Strange Research Materials for William Ward Watkin and the Rice Institute1917-1985, 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.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 
Box Folder
1 1-8 Series I: William Ward Watkin's Architectural Career, 1923-52,
Extent 5 linear inches
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

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Box
1-4 Series II: William Ward Watkin at Rice Institute/University, 1917-52 [1960s-70s],
Extent 12.5 linear inches
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: Design and construction of Institute buildings, 1908-27, 1940s-70s
3 Rice: Founder's Statue, 1930, 1963
4 Rice and Houston: History and descriptions, 1938, 1967-68
5 Rice: Reminiscences, history, 1930, 1938, 1960s
Architecture at Rice University:
Extent Volumes 1-14
Box
4 Architecture at Rice University:
Extent Volumes 15-22, 25

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Box Folder
4 1-15 Series III: William Ward Watkin Personal/Family, 1920s-80s,
Extent 1 linear inch
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 Ray Watkin Strange honors
9 Rice University Fund Council, 1973-84
10 Rice University Architectural Alumni Association
11 Rice University School of Architecture annual reports
12 Ray Watkin Hoagland Strange gifts to Rice University School of Architecture
13 William Ward Watkin Traveling Fellowship
14 Rice Institute Traveling Scholarship in Architecture
15 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:

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Box
6-14 Addenda
This material, recently added to the papers, has not yet been arranged, but has been listed here at the folder level, with some items being described individually. It includes photographs, correspondence, family deeds, and materials related to the publication of Nicholson's book.
Box Folder
6 1 Correspondence: Miscellaneous, 1920s-1990s
2 Correspondence: On death of Annie Ray Watkin, 1929
3 Expenses for Annie Ray Watkin's hospitalization and funeral, 1929
4 Death certificate for Annie Ray Watkin, 1929
5 Expenses while in Europe [William Ward Watkin], 1928-29
6 William Ward Watkin business card
7 Heitmann House [Shadyside] general information
8 William Ward Watkin's instructions to architecture office, 1928
9 Guion Hall [Texas A&M University] general information
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 Hoagland, Ray Watkin Biehl
11 Houston Chamber of Commerce
12 Houston Country Club
13 Houston history
14 Houston Public Library reopening
15 Interviews
16 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 [Rice] Traveling Scholarship in Architecture
2 Trinity Church
3 Vesey, Francis
4 Vesey, Francis
5 Watkin, Annie Ray Townsend
6 Watkin, Nunn, McGinty & Phenix Associated Architects
7 Watkin, W.W.-biography and resume
8 Watkin, W.W.-book
9 Watkin, W.W.-book final clean-up file
10 Watkin, W.W.-book layout
11 Watkin, W.W.-book layout photos
Box Folder
11 1 Watkin, W.W.-book layout photos
2 Watkin, W.W.-bust
3 Watkin, W.W.-estate, book royalties
4 Watkin, W.W.-family chronology
5 Watkin, W.W.-memorial fund
6 Watkin, W.W.-personal
7 Watkin, W.W.-private practice
8 Watkin, W.W.-publications
9 Watkin, W.W.-publications
10 World War II Civilian Defense
Loose, rolled drawings (8 reduced-size copies): Rice campus general plan proposals by Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson, c. 1910
Box Folder
12 1 Watkin family chart and lineages
2 Watkin family correspondence, 1920s-80s
3 Correspondence with Anthony Camp [Mass.] re: Watkin genealogy, 1979
4 Correspondence with Michael J. Wood [London] re: Watkin genealogy, 1980s
5 Watkin family vital records
6 Family marriage records
7 Watkin family Bible records
8 Watkin family photos:
8 Frederick Watkin (father of W.W. Watkin), 3 identical Dansville, NY n.d.,
8 Frederick Watkin, Brooklyn, NY 1880
8 Hepsibah Watkin Churchill (sister of Frederick Watkin), NY July 1884,
8 Mary Matilda Hancock Watkin, photocopy c. 1934
8 Mary Matilda Hancock Watkin, taken by "Willie" [WWW], Danville, PA n.d.,
8 Mary Matilda Hancock Watkin, Danville, PA Oct. 1884,
8 Mary Hancock Watkin and W.W. Watkin, Danville, PA n.d.,
8 Mrs. Mary Hancock Watkin and William Ward Watkin, Jr., Danville, PA 1890,
8 William Ward Watkin, Danville, PA 1888,
8 "Willie" [WWW], Danville, PA c. 18889,
8 William Ward Watkin, Danville, PA 1890,
8 Will Watkin, 2 identical, New Orleans, LA n.d.,
8 Wm. Ward Watkin, Danville, PA n.d.,
8 W.W. Watkin, Philadelphia, PA n.d.,
8 Wm. Ward Watkin, on steps of Arles Cathedral 1928,
8 William Ward Watkin, Houston, TX n.d.,
9 Watkin family photos from Mrs. E.T. Churchill's collection via her great-Granddaughter, Cathy Waters:
9 Mrs. Catherine McCormick Watkin, 2 identical copies 1875,
9 Dale Perkins, Jr., Wm. Ward Watkin, Jr. "Sonny," New Orleans, LA 1934,
9 Group on steps of Wards Hotel, Flatbush, NY, 4 identical copies n.d.,
9 William Ward Watkin [1st], Flatbush, NY, 2 identical copies c. 1853,
9 Unidentified man, 3 identical copies n.d.,
9 Negatives: Group at Wards Hotel, W.W. Watkin [1st], unidentified man
10 Photocopies of photographs with identification
11 Watkin-legal, 1928, 1950
12 William Ward Watkin confirmation certificate, 1899
13 William Ward Watkin college English papers, 1904-05
14 Mary Hancock Watkin papers
15 Family crests: Watkin, Hancock
16 William Hancock family genealogy records
17 Reay family notes and genealogy records
18 Watkin collateral lines in England, South Africa, and U.S.
19 Sir Watkin Williams Wynn
20 Watkin-miscellaneous
Box Folder
13 1 Photos-William Ward Watkin
2 Photos-Watkin family
3 Correspondence: William Ward Watkin, personal
4 Correspondence: William Ward Watkin, settling Townsend estate
5 William Ward Watkin house, 5009 Caroline, Houston, TX
6 William Ward Watkin high school materials, Danville, PA
7 Funeral record book for William Ward Watkin, June 24, 1952
The Record of the Class of 1908, University of Pennsylvania [Watkin's college yearbook]
Box Folder
14 1 Claude Hooton's illustrations for Watkin's article in Pencil Points, 1930
2 William Ward Watkin and Josephine Cockrell Watkin materials
3 William Ward Watkin, Jr. family photos and materials
4 William Ward Watkin, Jr. Army materials
5 Family deeds: Greenwood Cemetery, New Orleans, LA; Great Southern Sulphur Company
Photo album of Mary Hancock Watkin and son, William Ward Watkin, Danville, PA
5-25-00, 2-27-01, 10-29-02

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