Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the William Lukes Collection of Houston Photographic Research Materials, 1969-1974 MS 531

creator Lukes, William C. , 1949-
Title: William Lukes Collection of Houston Photographic Research Materials
Dates: 1969-1974
Abstract: The collection consists of photographic research materials on Houston, TX, Rice University, and various urban scenes, architectural details, and photographic techniques. It was created by William Lukes in collaboration with Paul Hester during the years 1969 through 1974, when Lukes was an architectural student at Rice University.
Identification: MS 531
Quantity: 2.5 linear ft. (3 boxes)
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

William Lukes is a residential and commercial architect and free-lance photographer in Carbondale, CO. He received his BA in Architecture and Fine Arts (Photography) in 1971 and a Master of Architecture in 1974 from the Rice University School of Architecture. Lukes has worked with artists Richard Hunt and Isamu Noguchi, and his photographs have been published in books and magazines. Lukes is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is licensed by the states of Colorado and California.

Paul Hester is an architectural photographer and lecturer in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice University in Houston, TX. He received his BA in Art from Rice University in 1971 and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1976. Hester has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and exhibited his work at the Menil Collection, Rice University, the University of Houston College of Architecture, and the Houston Public Library. He has also published extensively in books and magazines.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photographic research materials on Houston compiled by William Lukes, architect and Rice University graduate, from 1969 through 1974. The photos were taken by Lukes in collaboration with Paul Hester, and were used in a number of publications and papers concerning the development of Houston, inventorying and cataloguing the growth of Houston neighborhoods, and recording various architectural landmarks in the Houston area during the period. Also included are student work from the Rice Media Center, and a photographic essay of anti-war protests (Viet Nam war) in Houston and at Rice.

Series I of the collection includes photographs and negatives related to Houston architecture, development, and events. Series II includes photographs and negatives of Rice University and Rice students, and portfolios, papers, and photographs for architecture and photography classes taken by Lukes from 1969 through 1974. Series III includes photographs and negatives of various urban scenes, architectural details, and experiments in photographic techniques by Lukes.


Correspondence in this collection is contained within two legal-sized document boxes and one oversize box measuring 2.5 linear feet. The collection is arranged topically by series in order of importance to the collection, with the American Institute of Architects Houston guidebook first. The collection is in good condition.


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the William Lukes collection of Houston photographic research materials must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Rice University.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hester, Paul, 1948-
Lukes, William C. , 1949-
Architecture--Texas--Houston--20th century
Rice University--History
Vietnam War (1961-1975)
Houston (Tex.)--History.
Houston (Texas)--Buildings, structures, etc.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Lukes Collection of Photographic Research Materials, 1969-1971, MS 531, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by its primary creator, William Lukes, a Rice University graduate and architect.


No future additions are expected for this material.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Houston 1969-1974, n.d.

Scope and Contents note
This section contains photographs and negatives of Houston architecture and historical events.
Box Folder
1 1 Houston: An Architectural Guide. Edited by Peter C. Papademetriou. Houston,TX: Houston Chapter, American Institute of Architects; 1972
2 AIA guidebook negatives, areas 2, 8, 9 North; 1971- 1972
3 AIA guidebook negatives, area 1 Downtown; 1971- 1972
4 AIA guidebook negatives and contact sheets; 1971- 1972
5 AIA guidebook negatives, areas 3, 10, 11 East; 1971-1972
6 AIA guidebook negatives, areas 4, 12 South; 1971-1972
7 AIA guidebook negatives, areas 5, 13 Southwest; 1971-1972
8 AIA guidebook negatives, areas 6, 14 West; 1971-1972
9 AIA guidebook negatives, area 16 NASA to Galveston; 1971-1972
10 Redding Road photographic portfolio; 1971
11 Astrodome complex; n.d.
12 Downtown Houston; 1970-1972
13 Garden Apartments; n.d.
14 Houston Mobile Home Show; 1971-1972
15 Parade, Houston,TX.; n.d.
16 Parking Lots and Swimming Pools; 1971
17 Pleasantville Apartments, East Houston. Brookover, William, William Lukes, and Mitchell Mize. Pleasantville. Houston: Rice University, 1970. (Report prepared as a joint feasibility study for the Federal Housing Authority and the First Unitarian Church of Houston); 1970
Box Folder
2 1 Houston scenes by Paul Hester; n.d.
2 Houston scenes; 1969-1974
3 Houston scenes; 1971-1972
4 Houston: small town parade; July 1970
Box Folder
3 1 Oversize box: Houston: An Architectural Guide (AIA) oversize prints; 1972
2 Oversize box: Redding Road Photographic Portfolio oversize prints; 1971
3 Oversize box: Children, Pleasantville Apartments, East Houston oversize prints; 1970

Series II: Rice University 1969-1974, n.d.

Scope and Contents note
This section contains photographs and negatives of Rice University, and class materials from architecture and photography classes at Rice.
Box Folder
2 5 Rice anti- Viet Nam war convocation; April 1970
6 Rice: Allen Center (anti- Viet Nam war convocation); April 1970
7 Rice: Dean’s Office (anti- Viet Nam war convocation); April 1970
8 Class materials: Architecture 306b. Lukes, William. “Human Needs Satisfaction and Housing.” Research paper, Rice University; 1971
9 Lukes, William. “The Future of the Barrios.” Research paper, Rice University; 1973
10 Rice Media Center Class Project; 1970-1972
11 Rice Media Center; n.d.
12 Portfolio I; 1970
13 Rice University scenes; n.d.
14 Autry House; 1970
Box Folder
3 4 Oversize box: Rice Anti- Viet Nam war convocation oversize print; April 1970

Series III: Urban scenes,architectural details, photographic techniques 1969-1974, n.d.

Scope and Contents note
This section contains photographs and negatives of various urban scenes, architectural details, and photographic techniques.
Box Folder
2 15 William Lukes; n.d.
16 Paul Hester; 1970-1971
17 Architectural details, urban landscapes; n.d.
18 Cowboy band; n.d.
19 Diner; 1974
20 Paired Images negatives; n.d.
21 Paired Images prints; n.d.
22 Houston nudes; 1969-1970
23 Tattoo party; April 1970
24 Various lens: Houston, beach, other; 1970
25 Various lens-moving; n.d.
26 Galveston, TX; n.d.
Box Folder
3 5 Oversize box: Urban scenes, architectural details, photographic techniques oversize prints; n.d.