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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch of Raymond Everett

Scope and Content of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

References to works by or about Raymond Everett (1885-1948)

Description of Series

Series A: Drawings

Series B: Slides

University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Raymond Everett:

An Inventory of his Student Drawings from Harvard University, 1907-1909



Collection Summary

Creator Everett, Raymond, 1885-1948
Title: Raymond Everett (1885-1948) Drawings, Student drawings from Harvard University
Dates: 1907-1909
Abstract Everett (1885-1948) taught freehand drawing, painting, clay modeling and architectural history in the Department of Architecture of the University of Texas at Austin (1915-1948) as well as producing artwork on which he experimented with a variety of media. Consists of 31 watercolor drawings documenting Everett's student work at Harvard University (1907-1909) and 51 slides of his book plates.
Identification: EVE Accession number(s): 0000004, 2010016
Quantity: 31 drawings, 51 35mm slides
Language English.
Repository: Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Raymond Everett

Raymond Everett was born in Englishtown, N.J. on August 10, 1885 of Sarah Ella (neé Polhemus) Everett and Charles Randle Everett, a Presbyterian minister. His early education was in the public schools of New Jersey. He obtained a bachelor of arts degree in 1906 from Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, where he studied under Howard Pyle, a well-known book and magazine illustrator.

After obtaining his degree from Drexel Institute, he attended Harvard University for three years and graduated in 1909 with a bachelor of science in architecture. From there he went to Pennsylvania State College where he taught freehand drawing and painting in the Department of Architecture from 1909 to 1910.

During the summer of 1910 he traveled in Europe, spending most of his time in the Mediterranean area. Everett made many notes and sketches, some of which he transferred to canvas and board.

From 1910 to 1915 Everett was an instructor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. He wrote in the Harvard Alumni Magazine (1933), "I was one-third of the teaching staff." While teaching at the University of Michigan he met and married Isabelle Rizer.

In 1915 the Everetts moved to Austin. Everett taught freehand drawing, painting, clay modeling and architectural history in the Department of Architecture at the University of Texas from 1915 until his death in 1948.

In 1931 Everett obtained his masters degree in architecture from the University of Texas. For this he painted a frieze in oil entitled "The March of Progress in Texas." The frieze depicted the History of Texas by showing the various types of people who lived in Texas at different times. Everett did much research in obtaining data for showing the kinds of costumes and types of horses used by the people of Texas. The frieze was made to fill the upper part of four walls of one room in his home. After his death it was moved to the University Junior High School in Austin. In 1968 the frieze was transferred to the Webb Junior High School in Austin where it hangs in the school library.

Raymond Everett was a creative artist who worked in several media. In his early years as a student at Drexel Institute and at Harvard, he developed his skill in pen and ink drawings. He used this skill during his entire career in designing greeting cards (copyright by Alfred Bartlett, Boston), book plates and commercial illustrations for magazines and posters. Some of the book plates he designed include: Art Institute of Chicago (1913); Free Public Library of Belmar New Jersey (1917); Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library (1915); Martha Cook Building at the University of Michigan (1915); Lucius L. Hubbard Collection of Treasure Island (1916); Lucius L. Hubbard National Collection of Gulliver (1916); Austin Public Library (1926); former governor of Texas Pat M. Neff (1947). In 1919 he designed the title block for the Austin Statesman. In the years 1918 to 1920, Everett designed the covers for the "Texas Legionnaire" and "The Austin Rotary Revue."

Everett painted landscapes and seascapes in watercolor, oil, and pastels. He experimented in various media for sculpture work including cement, plaster, and wood. He never worked with metal, but did design a number of works which were finished in wrought iron by other craftsmen.

At his home at 903 West 31st Street in Austin he made many changes using his many skills. He built rock walls, excavated rooms in the basement, remodeled rooms, added rooms, carved the fireplace mantles, patio gate and newel posts, and hung paintings on nearly all the walls of his home.

One of the crafts he enjoyed most was wood carving. During his career he carved several sets of chessmen, a number of plaques (two of which hang in the rotunda of the Union Building of the University of Texas - Harry Y. Benedict and Homer P. Rainey), many small boxes, a number of small chests, and several large chests, screens and many other items of furniture. The last wood carving he did before his death was the altar in St. Mary's Cathedral Church in Austin. During his lifetime he designed and carved several lecterns and pulpits for various churches in Austin.

During the 33 years he lived in Austin, Everett made many weekend excursions into the hills west of Austin and to the Gulf Coast seeking new scenes to record on his canvas and board. During the summer vacations he made longer trips into Mexico where he found the colorful markets, rugged terrain, and distinctive architecture interesting subjects for his paintings. Often he took students with him on these excursions and trips.

Everett was a man endowed with abundant physical endurance that served him well on his painting trips. He would sit for hours in the broiling sun at his easel sketching and painting. At his studio in the basement of his home he would later complete the details. He enjoyed living in Texas where the short winters permitted him to spend much of his spare time outdoors working on some form of creative art. When inclement weather or darkness kept him indoors, he worked on his paintings or wood carvings in his studio.

-Ardys Kozbial

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Scope and Content of the Collection

31 drawings documents Everett's student work at Harvard between 1907 and 1909.

All of the drawings are watercolors on watercolor paper mounted on linen. Types of buildings in this set include: a boarding school, a railroad station, a city hall, an art museum and a columbarium.

51 slides of book plates document Everett's work as an illustrator.

-Ardys Kozbial

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Access is by appointment only to any serious scholar. Rolled materials must be flattened before viewing. A three day advance notice is required to flatten rolled materials. Portions of this collection are not processed and may not be accessible.

Restrictions on Use

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Texas as the owner of the collection and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder which must be obtained by the researcher. For more information please see the Alexander Architectural Archive's Use Policy

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Texas Online Catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons:
Everett, Raymond, 1885-1948--Archives.
Subjects:
School buildings--Designs and plans.
Buildings--Designs and plans.
Beaux-Arts.
Document types:
Student works.
Presentation drawings.
Architectural drawings.
Watercolor drawings.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Raymond Everett (1885-1948) Drawings, Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the Alexander Architectural Archive from the University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture.

Processing Information

Drawings processed by: Lila Knight

Date: 1980

References compiled by Nancy Sparrow

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Other Finding Aids

Unpublished inventory in Archive.

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References to works by or about Raymond Everett (1885-1948)

Everett holdings located elsewhere:

Raymond Everett Thesis Murals are located in the library at Webb Middle School, IH 35 and St. Johns, Austin, TX. Described as 4 murals measuring approximately 20 × 4′ they depict: 1.) Spanish conquest 1519-1685 2.) a Spanish colony/Republic of Mexico 1687-1821 3.) Republic of Texas/the Confederacy 1836-1861 and 4.) The U.S./State of Texas 1865-1931. A cut out on the 4th mural, lower right hand corner, shows: "Painted by Raymond Everett, 1931 presented to University Jr. High as a memorial to former student of UJH who died in 1934, Jack Ainslie Everett."

The cut out title block is where the mural once wrapped around a window in Raymond Everett's dining room. The title block was added when the murals were presented to UT. According to the current librarian, Lenny, the murals were present on opening day for Webb in 1968 (shortly after UT closed the University Junior High School) as shown in historical photographs. Access is open to the public, with out appointment, however, please check in at the administrative office as a guest.

-- Notes taken from site visit by Beth Dodd, March 1998.

Everett's drawings were destroyed in 1948.

-- Per postcard to Blake Alexander from Peter Flagg Maxson, February 10, 1998.

Everett, Raymond. "March of Progress in Texas." Master's thesis, University of Texas at Austin, 1931.

Ward, Harry Parker. Some American College Bookplates. Columbus, Ohio: Champlin Printing Co., 1915.

Woolrich, W.R. Men of Ingenuity from beneath the Orange Tower, 1884-1964: The College of Engineering of the University of Texas. Austin, Texas: The Engineering Foundation of the College of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1964: p. 84.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Series A: Drawings

Series Abstract
This record group, containing 31 drawings, documents Everett's student work at Harvard between 1907 and 1909. All of the drawings are watercolors on watercolor paper mounted on linen. Entries in the drawings series are indexed in alphabetical order by project name. Dates are offered if they can be derived from the drawings or gathered from other authoritative sources.
Project name: Analytique. Corinthian order.
Date on drawings: undated
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Project name: Analytique. Greek ionic order.
Date on drawings: undated
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Project name: Analytique. Roman doric order.
Date on drawings: undated
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Project name: Art Museum ("First Mention"-sketch problem).
Date on drawings: undated
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Project name: Boy's Boarding School.
Date on drawings: 1907 06 10
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Project name: Building for a Society of Artists.
Date on drawings: 1907 01
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Project name: City Hall.
Date on drawings: undated
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Project name: Gazebo or Belvedere.
Date on drawings: undated
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Project name: Hunting Lodge.
Date on drawings: undated
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Project name: Immigrant Station.
Date on drawings: undated
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Project name: Longfellow House.
Date on drawings: undated
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
City: Cambridge
State/Province: Mass.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Medical School.
Date on drawings: undated
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Project name: New York and Harvard Square Railroad Terminal Station.
Date on drawings: 1909
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Project name: Park Bridge.
Date on drawings: undated
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Project name: San Michele. New facade.
Date on drawings: undated
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
City: Pavia
Country: Italy
Project name: Small Columbarium.
Date on drawings: undated
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Project name: Suburban Cottage.
Date on drawings: undated
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Project name: Veteran's Home at Waverly Oaks.
Date on drawings: undated
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Project name: City College Library Group.
Date on drawings: 1908
Primary archt/firm: Raymond Everett
Client: City College Library Group
Project name: E.T. Miller residence.
Date on drawings: undated
Primary archt/firm: Ramond Everett
Client: Miller, E. T.
Street address: 910 Poplar
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.

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Series B: Slides

Series Abstract
This record group, containing 51 slides, shows examples of Everett's work as an illustrator.

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