Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the James C. Morehead, Jr. Papers/Visuals, c. 1912-1990 MS 477



creator Morehead, James C., Jr., 1913-1999
Title: James C. Morehead, Jr. architectural papers and visual materials
Dates: c. 1912-1990
Abstract: This collection contains educational materials including manuscripts and visuals for books on architectural construction methods. Also included are A Walking Tour of Rice University glass plate negatives (c. 1912-1950) given to Morehead by William Ward Watkin for use in Morehead’s construction class. The collection also contains many photographs and slides of buildings and unique architecture at Rice University.
Identification: MS 477
Quantity: 7 Linear Feet(14 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

James Caddall (Bud) Morehead, Jr. was born in Bradenton, Florida on October 29, 1913. He graduated from Princeton University in 1935 with a degree in Mathematics and then received an Architecture degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1939. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was also elected a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 1982.

In 1940 he accepted an offer from William Ward Watkin to teach Architecture at Rice University and moved to Houston, where he remained until his retirement in 1979. He earned the title of Professor Emeritus and served as registrar of the University from 1965 until 1979. He also published 2 books, Handbook of Perspective Drawing (co-authored by his father) and A Walking Tour of Rice University. He served from 1954 to 1996 as Director of Building Permits and Building Inspector for Piney Point Village.

He was most active as an architect in the 1950s, when he designed houses for 2 Rice professors and for his own family – a house for which he won an Award of Merit from the Houston Chapter AIA. He was also a member of the Houston Philosophical Society and of the board of directors of the San Jacinto Girl Scouts. Morehead died on July 4, 1999 at the age of 85.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains educational materials including manuscripts and visuals for books on construction methods. Also included are "A Walking Tour of Rice University" glass plate negatives (c. 1912-1950) given to Morehead by William Ward Watkin [presumably taken by an employee of Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson and/or the photographer Schleuter] for use in Morehead’s construction class. The glass slides show the construction of several buildings at Rice, including Lovett Hall, the physics building, the mechanical laboratory, power house, the chemistry building, and the football stadium. The collection also contains many photographs and slides of buildings and unique architecture at Rice.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the James C. Morehead, Jr. architectural papers and visual materials must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.


Index Terms

Architecture
Rice University.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James C. Morehead, Jr. architectural papers and visual materials, c. 1912-1990, MS 477, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

This collection was a gift donated by James C. Morehead, Jr. and his son on September 23, 1985, July 9, 1997, and June 5, 1999.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Architectural structures papers

Box Folder
1 1 Associated Schools of Architecture Learning Packages prepared in 1974 by James C. Morehead, Jr.; funded by the Kawneer/AMAZ Foundation
2 Elementary Structures ES; Volume 1 of 4; Units one thru fifteen; a self-paced learning plan for students of architecture [2 copies]
3 Elementary Structures ES; Volume 2 of 4; Units one thru fifteen; Quizzes: Pages 1-25; Solutions: Pages 26-71 [2 copies]
4 Elementary Structures ES; Volume 3 of 4; Units sixteen thru thirty; a self-paced learning plan for students of architecture [2 copies]
5 Elementary Structures ES; Volume 4 of 4; Units sixteen thru thirty; Quizzes: Pages 1-21; Solutions: Pages 22-67 [2 copies]
6 Associated Schools of Architecture Learning Packages prepared in 1975 by James C. Morehead, Jr.; funded by the Kawneer/AMAX Foundation
7 Intermediate Structures IS; Volume 1 of 2; Seventeen unites; a self-paced learning plan for students of architecture
8 Intermediate Structures IS; Volume 2 of 2; Seventeen unites; Quizzes: Pages 1-21; Solutions: Pages 22-89
9 Original typescripts of Elementary Structures, Volumes 1 and 2
10 Original typescripts of Elementary Structures, Volumes 3 and 4
11 Original typescripts of Intermediate Structures, Volumes 1 and 2



Series II: A Walking Tour of Rice University materials

Box Folder
2 1 A Walking Tour of Rice University slide presentation, 1971 (includes script and written descriptions of slides) [2 carousels]
2 A Walking Tour of Rice University slide presentation, 1982: Slides 1-140 [1 carousel]
3 A Walking Tour of Rice University slide presentation, 1982: Slides 141-280 [1 carousel]
4 A Walking Tour of Rice University slide presentation, 1982: Slides 281-400 [1 carousel]
5 A Walking Tour of Rice University by James C. Morehead, Jr. (1984)
6 Notebook with descriptions and listings of slides
7 Small box of slides labeled “Lassig”
8 Color separations of Rice campus buildings, areas
Box
3 A Walking Tour of Rice University photographs (black and white, color); correspond to slides in Box 2
Box Folder
4 1 A Walking Tour of Rice University negatives of campus buildings
2 Glass plate – site map of Princeton University
3 A Walking Tour of Rice University slides
4 A Walking Tour of Rice University negatives and contact sheets
5 Rice University buildings photographs
6 Oswald L. Lassig research materials
7 Oswald L. Lassig photographs
8 Research materials on Rice University buildings
9 Correspondence, miscellaneous, 1970s and 1980s
10 William McVey Rice University sculpture research
11 A Walking Tour of Rice University or Architectural Delight on the Rice Campus – original typescript
12 Rice University Studies correspondence
13 Metropolitan Museum [New York[ photograph reprints, 1983
14 A Walking Tour of Rice University 1990 revision – typescript copy and notes
Box Folder
5 1 Glass Plate Negatives: Hand drawn Site Map labeled July 1909
2 Glass Plate Negatives: Hand drawn outline of Rice land
3 Glass Plate Negatives: Hand drawn outline of Rice (labeled Cram, detailed)
4 Glass Plate Negatives: Hand drawn outline of Rice (labeled Goodhue, detailed)
5 Glass Plate Negatives: Hand drawn outline of Rice, detailed
6 Glass Plate Negatives: Hand drawn outline of Rice, detailed (different view)
7 Glass Plate Negatives: View of swamp
8 Glass Plate Negatives: View of swamp (different view)
9 Glass Plate Negatives: General Plan of Rice
10 Glass Plate Negatives: Plot plan of Rice
11 Glass Plate Negatives: View before construction
12 Glass Plate Negatives: View before construction (different angle)
13 Glass Plate Negatives: Terracotta vaulting over first floor – admin bldg
14 Glass Plate Negatives: Excavating for Footings
15 Glass Plate Negatives: Mass Excavation
Box Folder
6 1 View of ramp for metal frames for physics bldg (Watkin pictured)
2 Worker doing masonry
3 Roof construction
4 Power house chimney, steel beams
5 Power house chimney, steel beams (different view)
6 Centering for coal bin floor (power house)
7 Brick Arches and centering
8 Construction slide
9 East side of engine room – power house
10 East side of engine room – power house (cracked)
11 Steel Beams
12 Construction of physics building
13 Engine Room Framework (looking down on it)
14 Skeleton roof and walls of physics building
15 View of construction site
Box Folder
7 1 Pulley system for steel trusses
2 Machinery and steel girders
3 Construction slide
4 Building of Arch
5 Stone Arch Centering (setting Sallyport arch)
6 Wall forms
7 Building Forms
8 Pier Forms pilings in basement
9 Removing Forms
10 Roof construction, physics building
11 Placing Steel in Forms
12 Placing Steel in Footings
13 Placing Steel in Forms
14 Forms for Tile Vault
15 Tile Vault (dome over vestibule #2)
Box Folder
8 1 Waterproofed Wall (foundation)
2 Waterproofed Wall for Baker College
3 Applying Waterproofing
4 Roofing Tile in Place
5 Diagram for Roofing Tile Construction
6 Brick Arches
7 Brick Arches
8 Brick Detail, Mechanical lab and power house
9 Brick Detail, Baker College
10 Pattern Brick Work, Physics Building
11 Using Brick for Test Loads (Watkin Pictured)
12 Brick Arches and Centering, Physics Building Cloisters
13 Stone Storage Area
14 Stone Arch, Old West Hall
15 Sallyport Arch
Box Folder
9 1 Construction stonework from a church in Bologna, Italy which is reminiscent of some of the Rice arches. (The capitals are especially reminiscent of the Chemistry building)
2 Stone Carving, Lovett Hall
3 Miscellaneous Stone Construction
4 Capitals of Column
5 Stone after Carving
6 Setting of Stone Column
7 Construction on Doorway
8 Close-up view of column with comic birds
9 Stone column in position
10 Capitals of Column (cracked)
11 Setting a column in place
12 Close-up of column on Lovett Hall (with design)
13 Close-up of column on Lovett Hall (2 faces)
14 Close-up of column with professor carving
15 Administrative building slide
Box Folder
10 1 Administrative building
2 Administrative building (different view)
3 Administrative building (different view)
4 Administrative building (different view)
5 Administrative building (different view)
6 Administrative building (different view)
7 Administrative building (different view)
8 Administrative building (different view)
9 Administrative building (different view)
10 Lovett Hall (different view)
11 Lovett Hall (different view)
12 Lovett Hall (different view)
13 Lovett Hall (different view)
14 Physics building (South side from Lovett Hall)
15 Physics building (South side)
Box Folder
11 1 Physics building
2 Physics building (different view)
3 Physics building (different view)
4 Mechanical engineering building slide
5 Cloisters slide
6 Cloisters slide (different view)
7 Cloisters slide (different view)
8 Cloisters slide (different view)
9 Baker, Hanszen, and Will Rice Colleges
10 Will Rice College from Baker College Cloisters
11 Baker College (Cracked)
12 Baker College Tower
13 Chemistry building slide
14 Chemistry building slide (different view)
15 Chemistry building slide (different view)
Box Folder
12 1 Cohen House Patio
2 Cohen House Interior – hallway
3 Cohen House – room with fireplace
4 Cohen House Exterior
5 Cohen House Exterior – patio
6 Aerial View of Rice Campus (Broken)
7 Campus aerial view slide
8 Campus aerial view slide (different view)
9 Campus aerial view slide (different view)
10 Campus aerial view slide (different view)
11 Aerial view of a game, new Rice Stadium
12 Side view of New Rice Stadium
13 View of Stands, new Rice Stadium
14 Bleachers and press box, new Rice Stadium
15 Bleachers and press box, new Rice Stadium (different view)
Box Folder
13 1 Diagram of “Cross-section thru West Stands”
2 Seating Diagram for new Stadium
3 Parking lot Diagram
4 General plan of Rice with new Stadium
5 Proposed Bender Hall and Rice library building drawings
6 Proposed Bender Hall and Rice library building drawings
7 Proposed Bender Hall and Rice library building drawings
8 Proposed library sketch by Cram and Ferguson Architects
9 Front Elevation of a building
10 Main Floor plan, Library Building
11 Main floor plan, library building
12 First Mezzanine Floor plan, library building
13 Second floor plan, library building
14 Second mezzanine floor plan, library building
15 Basement floor plan, library building
Box Folder
14 1 Third mezzanine floor plan, library building
2 Third floor plan, library building
3 Fourth floor plan, library building
4 First floor plan, Rice Institute Memorial Library
5 Second floor plan, Rice Institute Memorial Library
6 Third floor plan, Rice Institute Memorial Library
7 Basement floor plan, library
8 Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library at Princeton, First Floor Plan
9 Bender Hall and Rice Library First Floor Plan
10 Bender Hall and Rice Library Second Floor Plan
11 First floor plan for a house
12 First floor plan for another house
13 First Board of Trustees
14 Commencement – procession from Mechanical Lab
Box
Map Case drawer 36 Oversize: Book layout negatives for A Walking Tour of Rice University