Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Anderson Todd architectural academic and career papers, 1943-1995 UA 314



creator Todd, Anderson
Title: Anderson Todd architectural academic and career papers
Dates: 1943-1995
Abstract: The architectural papers of Anderson Todd, AIA, cover his academic career at Rice University as well as his private practice in Houston, Texas.
Identification: UA 314
Quantity: 10 Cubic Feet (10 boxes and 2 oversize drawers)
Quantity: 5.85 GigabytesNearline access: UA0314aip_001 (5.85 GB)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Anderson Todd was born October 22, 1921. A formative experience in his youth was that at the age of 13, he spent four months sailing and learning navigation on the battleship USS Idaho, which was commanded by his father, Rear Admiral Forde Anderson Todd. From 1939 to 1943 he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture at Princeton University. He then served in World War II, commanding convoys in the South Atlantic. After the war he returned to Princeton, where he remained until 1949, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Architecture and serving as a Fellow.

In 1949 Todd was recruited by William Ward Watkin, the first professor of architecture at Rice University (then the Rice Institute) to assume a teaching position at Rice. He devoted his entire teaching career to this institution, advancing from instructor to assistant professor in 1952, to associate professor in 1956, and to full professor in 1966. In 1969 he took over the duties of Architecture School Director from William W. Caudill, who had headed the school since 1961. In 1978 he was appointed to the endowed chair the Gus Sessions Wortham Professorship in Architecture. Todd’s effectiveness as a teacher was recognized by his being among winners of the university-wide George R. Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching (1968).

Among Todd’s accomplishments as an administrator of the school was development of the preceptorship program to be a student’s year away from campus working in an established, selective architectural firm. He also started Rice’s Qualifying Graduate Workshop, a program that enables students with no undergraduate training in architecture to learn the essential skills quickly and then enter the graduate program, eventually receiving a Master of Architecture degree.

Todd’s personal accomplishments as an architect include serving as architectural design consultant for the Ford Foundation’s Chilean Communities Facilities Program (1963-64); being a planning consultant for Duke University and Southern Colorado State College (1963-65); working as a partner in Todd Tackett Lacy, Architects and Planning Consultants (1964-69);having his own firm, Anderson Todd, FAIA (1969-72); and being a partner in the office of Anderson Todd, FAIA, and William T. Cannady, AIA. He was elected to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architecture in 1972. His award-winning projects include, in 1966, for the design of his personal residence, an Honor Award from the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects; two Honor Awards from the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1968, one for the design of Houston Fire Station 59, and the other for the Geophysical Laboratory of Superior Oil Company; from the Texas Society of Architects in 1975, the Honor Award for design of the Brochstein House (with Raymond Brochstein and William T. Cannady); and in 1976 from the Texas Society of Architects the Award of Merit for design of the Children’s Mental Health Services of Houston (with William T. Cannady). The Superior Oil Company Geophysical Laboratory was also selected as one of fifteen nationwide winners of the “Architectural Award of Excellence for 1968” by the American Institute of Steel Construction.

A significant contribution made by Todd to the civic life of Houston came about when he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts. He had long admired the style and design principles of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), and he was instrumental in bringing Mies to Houston to design the 1958 addition to the museum. Todd said, “He was like any other good architect when I recommended him. The museum collection at that time was of high quality but low quantity. We had to rely on visiting exhibitions, so we needed a very flexible space within the rigid structure of the museum. Mies had a free way of handling space, and I found it sympatico.”

On October 22, 2011, Todd turned 90. The evening before, a grand dinner was held at Rice University in celebration and honor of his life and work.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, photographs, architectural drawings, notes, syllabi and ephemera created or collected by Anderson Todd, FAIA, during the course of his academic career at Rice University and his architectural practice in Houston, Texas.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research except for the Dean Search materials in box 5, folder 13, closed for 35 years from date of creation (until 2013). Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Index Terms

photographs
corrrespondence
Rice University -- History
drawings (visual works)
reports
awards
architectural drawings (visual works)
Architects -- Texas
Rice University

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Anderson Todd architectural academic and career papers, 1943-1995, UA 314, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This material was donated to the Rice University Archives by Anderson Todd in Spring 2013.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Student life at Princeton, 1943-1948

Box Folder
1 1 Class notebooks, handwritten notes 1940-1942
2 Commencement, Jan. 30, 1943
3 Class notes binder, 1946-1947
4 Class notes binder, 1948
5 Princeton Syllabi 1946-49
6 Princeton Curriculum Notes 1970s



Box
1 Series II: C.V. and Awards, 1962-1986
7 Tau Sigma Delta 1962
8 C.V. 1984
9 Appointment to Wortham Chair of Architecture 1978
10 Brown Award for Superior Teaching 1968
11 Awards
12 TSA Educator Award 1986



Box
1 Series III: Photos of Todd, doodles, notes and ephemera, ca. 1950-1995
13 Photos of Todd, family and colleagues
14 Notes and Fragments
15 Doodles and drawings
16 Notes/doodles/fragments



Series IV: Correspondence and speeches

Box Folder
1 17 Correspondence-1950s
18 Correspondence-1960s
19 Correspondence-1970s
20 Correspondence-1980s
21 Correspondence-1990s
22 Correspondence-n.d.
23 Thoughts and Quotes
24 Collected Ephemera
25 Span Computer/Beam computer
26 Flyer for Wray Ranch and Wilderness Space Station, Columbus, TX
27 Speech: Morality of Logic-the Logic of Morality
28 Speech: From Polliwog to Pedagogue-or, The Education of an Architect 1984
29 Speech/eulogy: Huge V. Neuhaus "Noblesse Oblige"
30 Speech: Mies van der Rohe and Louise Kahn
31 Speech notes 1987



Series IV: Projects, 1960s-1970s

Box Folder
2 1 Brochstein home (5307 Queensloch, Houston, TX)
2 Center for the Visual Arts (Houston, TX) 1967
3 Cohen House proposed additions, Rice University 1970s
4 Crozer Dormitory (Chester, Pennsylvania)-proposal 1965
5 Crozer Dormitory (Chester, Pennsylvania) specifications
6 Crozer Dormitory (Chester, Pennsylvania), working documents and correspondence-Part 1 1967-1969
7 Crozer Dormitory (Chester, Pennsylvania) - working documents and correspondence- (Part 2) 1969-1970
8 Crozer Foundation Planning Study for Crozer Theological Seminary and Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Pennsylvania
9 Duke University design study
10 Fairchild Camera: Navajo Housing Project 1971
11 Fire Station #59, Houston, TX 1968
12 Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston, TX
13 Ben Mosier 1970
14 Todd Residence-Shadowlawn
15 Small house designs for lot on Hazard (Houston)
16 South Colorado State College 1963
17 Southern California State College
18 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - contract 1966
19 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - billing Rapp Tackett Flash
20 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - billing and estimates 1974-1975
21 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - certificate and application for payment 1969
22 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - contractor Letters of Transmittal 1970
23 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - specifications, contract set, March 8, 1969
24 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - survey notes 1969
25 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - specifications and sub-contractors 1969
26 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - recap of expenditures 1969
27 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - correspondence, 1969-1970
Box Folder
3 1 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - punch list, 1970
2 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - concrete coring 1971-1972
3 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - photos of site, including Anderson Todd inspecting formworks
4 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - design awards documents 1972-1973
5 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - notes and drawings 1973-1974
6 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - drawings and photographs 1974
7 Suit residence (1828 Dunstan, Houston, TX) - contract 1974
8 Suit residence - Chuck Redmon transmittals, Weston, Mass. 1974
9 Superior Oil Company Geophysical Laboratory (Houston, TX), 1968-1969
10 Tennis Club
11 Todd Tackett Lacy firm dissolution agreement 1968



Box
3 Series V: Rice courses, 1950-1994
12 Arch 200/300, Programs and Problems 1950
13 History of Art 415 1957
14 Renaissance and Post-Renaissance Architecture, 313, ca 1957
15 History of Art, 315 1956-59
16 Todd's curriculum notes 1960
17 curriculum, 1960s
18 Structure, 1960s
19 Arch 500 1962
20 Arch 100 1963
21 Arch 400 1963
22 Arch 500 1963
23 Arch 500-Seminar 1963-64
24 500 Seminar 1963-64
25 Arch 300 1964
26 Seminar Arch 500, 1964-65
27 Arch 500 1964-65
28 Arch 600, Houston Sports Arena 1965
29 Faculty Kit, notes for Architecture at Rice on Curriculum, 1965-66
30 Class Problems 1965-66
31 Class Schedules, 1967-68
32 Arch 200 Spring 1968
33 Preceptee Report 1969-70
34 Curriculum, 1970s
35 Arch 412b-Readings in Design Theory 1970
36 Arch 412b, Special Projects 1972-73
37 Special Projects-A Study of Alternatives in High Rise Buildings 1976
38 Arch 302b, Spring 1976
39 Art School Primer, Arch 202b, Jan. 1978
40 Arch 302/402b, Spring 1980
41 Arch 302/402 Studio 1982
42 Arch 302b, 402b Junior/Senior Studio, Spring 1984
43 Arch 100b 1987
44 Arch 102b, Spring 1988
45 Design Thesis Review 1988
46 Studio 235, Jan. 1989
47 Evaluations of A. Todd's courses at Rice 1989-90
48 Arch 300/400s Structure, Spring 1989
49 Student Projects Review 1990-91
50 Arch 501 1991
51 602-603 High rise elevators 1991
52 Arch 600/003 High Rise Studio 1992
Box Folder
4 1 Arch 602, Design Studio 1992
2 Arch 602-003, High Rise Studio 1992
3 Arch 602, Design Studio 1992
4 Arch 602-603, High Rise design 1992
5 HART 319 Gothic Art and Arch in N. Europe 1993
6 History of Modern Architecture, Spring 1994
7 Reading lists
8 Seminar, n.d.
9 Possible class material



Box
4 Series VI: Rice Qualifying Graduate Workshops (QGW), 1973-1992
10 1973-74 1973-74
11 1975-76 1975-76
12 1978-79 1978-79
13 1979-80 1979-89
14 1981-82 1981-82
15 1982-84 1982-84
16 1982-83 1982-83
17 Fall 1983 1983
18 1984-85 1984-85
19 1984 1984
20 1985-86 1985-86
21 1987-88 1987-88
22 1988-89 1988-89
23 1989 1989
24 1989-90 1989-90
25 1990-91 1990-91
26 Fall 1990 1990
27 1992-1993 Statements of Intent 1992-93
28 1991-92 1991-92
29 Lettering Exercises
30 General Tools



Box
4 Series VII: Rice School of Architecture administration, 1957-1992
31 AIA Corporate Membership 1957
32 Overall architecture program 1959-1960
33 Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico 1964
34 Faculty 1964-65
35 "Graduate Kit" 1965-66
36 Todd sabbatical 1965-66
37 Graduate program/Faculty areas of interest 1967-68
38 Executive Committee, 1967-68 1967-69
39 Curriculum Committee, 1968-69 1968-69
40 AR5 Conference notes 1969
41 Directorship-congratulations 1969
42 Faculty Meeting 1969-1970
43 Caudill memo on technology 1969
44 Proposal for Graduate Studies in Architecture 1971
45 Graduate Committee, 1971 1971
46 First day of school notes and memos, 1970-71 assembly 1970-71
47 Hackerman Inauguration, 1971 1971
48 Advisory Selection Committee, 1971 1971
49 AIA Fellowship Nomination 1971
Box Folder
5 1 David Crane letter of understanding regarding architecture program, to Pres. Hackerman 1972
2 Rice University Planned Gifts Committee, 1972 1972
3 Undergraduate and graduate committees 1973
4 Preceptorship program B, 1973 1973
5 Accredidation visit, 1976 1976
6 Wortham Professorship correspondence, 1978 1978
7 Anderson Hall Remodeling, 1979-80 1979-80
8 Graduate Affairs Committee, 1980 1980
9 Accredidation 1981
10 Examinations and standings, 1982-83 1982-83
11 Thesis tracks (notes), 1985-86 1985-86
12 Faculty search 1985-86
13 Dean search (RESTRICTED) 1987-88
14 Bob Irwin/Cullinan Chair Committee Meeting, 1987-89 1987-89
15 Cullinan Chair, Koolhaas 1992



Box
5 Series VIII: Non-Rice groups, 1960s and undated
16 Art Associates of St. Thomas 1966
17 MFA
18 MFA/ Mies Dander Rake Wing
19 MOMA
20 Fellowship A.T. (F.H.I.A.)
21 Museum of Fine Arts Houston 1969
22 Planned Parenthood
23 Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX)
24 Museum of Fine Arts, School of Art
25 Museum School (Glassell)
26 CMHSH
27 MFA board and Dixon Bennett (school)
28 National Endowment for the Arts, Architecture and Environmental Arts Program
29 7th of April Club
30 Urban Research Center 1964



Box
5 Series IX: Subject files, 1960s-1992
31 Chairs (Furniture)
32 JB Jackson
33 Illinois Institute of Technology 1974
34 Work by A. Alp
35 Louis Kahn of Rice
36 Union of Virginia
37 Spiro Kostof (d. 1991)
38 DeMenil, 1969
39 Jean Labatut (Princeton)
40 Hugo Neuhaus, Jr.
41 FJ Denis Beaty
42 Charles Schorre
43 Richard Ingersoll: Cities and History 1986-87
44 Travel-France
45 Chile - Argentina



Box
6-8 Series X: Slides and Photographs, 1949-1988
International Travel
Box Folder
6 1 Rome, Sienna, Florence, July 1949
2 Chichen-Itza, Jan. 1951
3 Mexico City, Jan. 1951
4 Sens, Autun, Tournus, Pimonial, Nov. 1955
5 Austira, Rome, Athens, Dec. 1955
6 Thebes, Luxor, Dec. 1955
7 Sicily, Jan 1956
8 Riviera Frescoes, Jan 1957
9 unidentified art (Istanbul?) Nov. 1958
10 Fireworks, Herkommen Hospital, Stuttgart, June and July 1962
11 Ise, Nara, Toba, Japan, May 1966
12 Tokyo, May 1966
13 Chandigarh, June 1966
14 Fatephus Sikri, June 1966
15 Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, June 1966
16 India, June 1966
17 India, Bangkok, June 1966
18 Iran, June 1966
19 Srinagar and Chandigarh, Sep 1966
20 Byblos, Baalber, 1966
21 Kyoto, 1966
22 Berlin, Hilversum, May 1967
23 East Berlin, May 1967
24 Europe, Ektachrome, May 1967
25 Tapiola, May 1967
26 Expo 67, Czech Mosaic, nite shots, Aug 1967
27 unidentified, 1967
28 Ontario Place, July 1971
29 Athens, Acropolis, Lisbon, Santiago, Nov 1972
30 Giza, Saqquara, Karnak, Egypt, Nov 1972
31 Galtieres, 1975
32 Pommard, Novay, Arc of Senans, 1975
33 Unidentified, 1975
34 Fontainbleau, May 1976
35 Savlieu Vezelay, May 1976
36 Neresheim, June 1976
37 Tubingen, Stuttgart, Vierzehn, June 1976
38 Machu Picchu, April 1977
39 Ireland, Nov 1977
40 Stuttgart, Pforzheim, Mannifeim, 1977
41 Europe, Fall 1977
42 Europe/Ireland, Fall 1977
43 Dublin, 1977
44 France, 1977
45 Munchen, Zwiefalten, 1977
46 Unidentified, 1977
47 England, 1981
48 Germany, Italy, 1981
49 Germany, 1981
50 Italy, 1981
51 Italy, England, 1981
52 Unidentified, 1984
53 Albuquerque, Munchen, Die Wies, Zurich, June 1985
54 Die Wies, La Tourette, Zurich, House of Man, LEC June 1985
55 Moissac, Toulouse, Montpellier, "Antigone," June 1985
56 Montpellier, Aix En. P., Turnino, Vigevano, June 1985
57 Paris, Versailles, Anet, Chartres, Loches, Montparnasse, June 1985
58 St. Emilion, Monpazier, Toulouse, Carcassonne, June 1985
59 Versailles, June 1985
60 Villandry, d'Usse Ichinon, Fonteuvaud, Pgitiers, Perigeux, June 1985
61 Arezzo, Firenze, Lucca, Nice, La Roquette, July 1985
62 Italy, Neuri, Egypt, Greece, July 1985
63 Krefeld, July 1985
64 Silva Cane, Firming, St. Etienne, 1985
65 Stuttgart, 1985
66 Urbino, Gubbio, Assisi, 1985
67 Venezia, 1985
68 Villanors, Azay-Le Rideau, 1985
Box Folder
7 1 Unidentified, 1985
2 Chenonceaux, Mont St. Michel
3 Cluxers
4 Dulles
5 Egypt
6 Ely
7 England
8 H. Chipping Camden, Ely
9 Mexico
10 Mt. Fuji, Japan
11 Nara, Japan
12 Neutra, Lawrence
13 various: Honduras, DC, Tegucigalca
14 Winchester to London
15 Unidentified/undated
16 Photos, June 1981
17 Travel maps and itineraries
Domestic Travel
Box Folder
7 18 "Taliesin Ukst" and Grand Canyon, Jan. 1950
19 Mississippi River Plantation Houses, 1956
20 Boston/Chicago/Houston, 1962
21 Unidentified, 1963
22 Bear Run, PA, June 1971
23 St. Louis, Dearborn, June 1971
24 Various locations, 1971
25 Chatham Hall, Weston, Mississippi, May 1973
26 Williamsburg, VA, May 25-27, 1974
27 New Haven, 1977
28 Dallas, Spring 1978
29 Chicago Trip, Nov. 1978
30 Arizona, Feb 1985
31 Santa Fe, Fall 1985
32 Southern California, 1985
33 Unidentified, 1985
34 Forbes Interbau Slido
35 New Orleans
36 School, West Columbia
37 Unidentified/undated
Professional
Box Folder
7 38 John Turner's Thesis, 1956
39 Modern House Tour, Houston, 1957
40 Brownson House, 1958
41 Lecture "posters", Nov 1960
42 Trial pics for student work, May 1961
43 Unidentified, 1961
44 Land Use Maps Computers, Jan. 1965
45 Superior Oil Company, 1967
46 Unidentified, 1967
47 ALSA in Portland, Berkeley, Robb Harris, June 1968
48 Leonardo da Vinci Talk, Sep 1968
49 Suit House Houston (1st cut), Sep 1971
50 Suit House Houston (2nd cut), Sep 1971
51 Haid School Chicago, Sep 1972
52 Suit House, Sep 1972
53 Graduation, 1972
54 Brown Pavillion, MFAH, March 1974
55 Hook/planning, Nov 1974
56 Rice Student Work, 1974
57 Unidentified, 1974
58 Anthony Card Show, MFA, Jan-Feb 1976
59 Pollywog to Pedagogue Lecture, 1984
60 Unidentified, 1985
61 Weston House, various dates
62 Shadowlawn #9 and Suit House and Student Work, various dates
Box Folder
8 1 "100 Years" of Design Excellence... The 72nd Annual Michigan Society of Architects Convention presentation
2 Houston Stude House
3 New Harmony Shrine
4 Craig Ellwood House
5 Princeton caricatures
6 Senior Student Model of Settlement House
7 Student work, undated
8 Unidentified/undated
9 Unidentified project photos
Personal
Box Folder
8 10 Christmas 1966
11 Bob, Shadowlawn, farm, 1966
12 Estes, Aug. 1967
13 Schorre Class Party, 1967
14 Christmas, 1967
15 LWS Birthday Party, 1970
16 "Pyramid" Old Car Museum, 1971
17 Unidentified, 1971
18 Unidentified, 1972
19 Moon, Dec. 73
20 Unidentified, 1973
21 Unidentified, 1974
22 Chicago, 1978
23 August 1979
24 Flemings House, 1981
25 Unidentified, 1984
26 Picnic, yacht club trip with Fay
27 Unidentified/undated
28 Photos, Bayou Club, Summer 1969
29 Photos with the Herds, July 9, 1972
30 Unidentified photos, 1972
31 USS SC 742-A.Todd, Commandiing Officer
32 Photos of Todd Home and Family
33 Photos of Todd
Unidentified
Box Folder
8 34 Buildings, 1965
35 1974
36 1977
37 1988
38 Building
39 Loose slides (no grouping)
40 Uncategorized, various dates
41 Photo negatives
42 35mm Camera



drawer
150-151 Series XI: Oversize Materials
Arrangement
Two oversize posters are on top of map drawer range 48-62.
Professional work
drawer item
150 1 Cullinan Residence
2 Bolsover St. Residence
3 Shadowlawn
4 Garden Apartment Competition
5 Griffith Residence and Apartment
6 FV Thompson House
7 Contemporary Arts Museum
8 JC Walter Jr. Residence
9 James M. Grisebaum residence
10 Tsanoff House
11 Tridelphia Clubhouse
12 Winston Carter Hosue and Addition
13 Town and Country Cottage (Texas Housing Co.)
14 Map of Museum District near Rice, Montrose and Main
15 Herman Suit, glass table
16 Southampton Place
17 Locke Lane
18 Richardson Residence
19 Longmont
20 Meadowlake
drawer Folder
151 1 Unidentified drawing fragments and office ephemera
2-3 Anderson Todd student work
Box Folder
9 1 Rice projects (student course work and campus renovation plans)
2 Architectural drawings and sketches
Box Folder
10 1 Non-architectural artwork and sketches
2 Office ephemera



Series XII: Addendum

Box Folder
11 1 Class prep
2-3 Notes
4 Correspondence
5 Biographical
Lectures
Box Folder
11 6 Producers Council Architectural Sales Reps Institute "Architectural Education in the Land of the Lotus Eaters" 1969-10
7 University of Virginia "Texas on Display: Five New Museums" 1974-03-25
8 University of Houston School of Architecture "Morality of Logic-Logic of Morality" 1975-04-15
9 University of Texas, Austin "The Education of an Architect from Polywog to Pedagogue" 1984-04-06
10 Rice University School of Architecture "From Polliwog to Pedagogue...or, the Education of an Architect" 1984-11-19
11 Princeton University School of Architecture 1996-04-12
12 University of Arkansas School of Architecture "Fay Euine Jones"
13 Walter A. Netsch, Jr.
14 Mies van der Rohe
15 MFAH Cullinan Hall
16 Nina Cullinan house
Oral History
AIA Historic Resource Committee oral history with Anderson Todd, unedited
Scope and Contents
2 unedited WAV audio files recorded as part of a AIA Historic Resource Committee and University of Houston William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library Oral History project: Building Houston.