University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Joel Warren Barna:

An Inventory of his Records for The See-Through Years, 1984-1994

Collection Summary

Creator:Barna, Joel Warren, 1951-
Title:Joel Warren Barna records, The see-through years,
Abstract:Joel Warren Barna served as editor of Texas Architect magazine, the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, from 1985-1995. Manuscript drafts, proofs, correspondence, research files, papers, photographs, and slides reflect the research and writing of Joel Warren Barna's The see-through years: Creation and destruction in Texas architecture and real estate, 1981-1991. Published in 1992, it was named the architecture "Book of the Year" for 1992 by The New York Times.
Identification:BARNA 2000007
Quantity:5.6 linear feet of papers, 122 photographs, 71 slides, 44 negatives, and 3 computer disks
Language:Materials are in English.
Repository:Alexander Architectural Archives, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Joel Warren Barna

Joel Warren Barna served as editor of Texas Architect magazine, the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, from 1985-1995. The magazine received several awards during his editorship. He was also executive editor of Cite, the publication of the Rice Design Alliance, from 1982 to 1983 and became the Texas correspondent for Progressive Architecture magazine in 1989. Since 1996 he has been both development officer and press officer for McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas at Austin.

Scope and Content of the collection

Manuscript drafts, proofs, correspondence, research files, papers, photographs, and slides reflect the research and writing of Joel Warren Barna's The see-through years: Creation and destruction in Texas architecture and real estate, 1981-1991. Published in 1992, it was named the architecture "Book of the Year" for 1992 by The New York Times.


The records are arranged into 2 series: The See-Through Years and Reference and Research Materials.


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Index Terms

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Creator (persons):
Barna, Joel Warren, 1951-.
Document types:
Manuscripts for publication.

Administrative Information


Joel Warren Barna (1951-) records, The see-through years, c.1992, Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

Papers processed by: Jess Alsobrook, Sara Fuchs, Holly Robertson - INF389f, December 2004; Donna Coates, January 2012

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Series A: The See-Through Years, 1989-1994

Series Abstract
Computer-printed manuscripts, handwritten notes, and galley proofs document Barna's process of research and writing The See-Through Years. Photographs, proofs, correspondence and contracts record the process of the book's photography, production, and publication, while grant applications and correspondence illustrate Barna's search for funding for the project. Publicity files include news clippings, articles, press releases, and correspondence.
The series is divided into 6 subseries: Drafts and Notes, Galleys, Photography, Proposals and Publication Fees, Grant Funding, and Publicity Files.
A1: Drafts and Notes, 1990-1991
Barna composed The See-Through Years from 1990-1991 on computer. Computer printed manuscript drafts and handwritten notes document the writing and editing process. Barna submitted drafts of his first chapter to colleague Mark Branch, then senior editor of Progressive Architecture, Willard Spiegelman of the Southwest Review; a draft of the entire manuscript was reviewed by Stephen Fox of Rice University. The majority of the files in this subseries originate from a container of unfoldered, unorganized documents and photocopies of articles. The arrangement is by chapter order of The See Through Years.
11-17Chapter 1: J.R. McConnell Died for Our Sins
21-7Chapter 1: J.R. McConnell Died for Our Sins
8-10Chapter 2: Middle Class Houses of the 1980s
11-13Chapter 3: '80 Middle-Class Workplaces
14Chapter 4: Schools from the Bottom Up
15-16Chapter 5: Feeling Better about Medical Buildings
17-18Chapter 6: Plans and Curses in Downtown Austin
17-18Chapter 6: Plans and Curses in Downtown Austin
19-20Chapter 7: Tower Tops in Dallas
21-23Chapter 8: Public Housing and Welfare
24Chapter 9: Solana
25-26Chapter 10: The Dallas Arts District: The Last Ditch
31-3Chapter 11: Creating More Perfect Landscapes, '80s Style
4Chapter 12: Saving the Kimbell for Philadelphia
5Chapter 13: Coda
6Chapter not identified [Texas transportation]
7Project lists and plan of attack
8Project lists and notes
9Handwritten notes and citations from indexes
A2: Galleys
Barna submitted the final draft of The See-Through Years on disk to the Keystone Press in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania. The Keystone Press typeset the draft, producing galley proofs. The galley proofs are mostly undated and are therefore arranged in order of the progressive editorial annotations and alterations to the proofs.
33-13Galley proofs
41-10Galley proofs
51-4Galley proofs
A4: Proposals and Publication Files, 1990-1991
Barna submitted book proposals to Jack Kyle of the University of Texas Press and John Setter of Texas A&M Press before selecting to work with Editor Susan Fernandez at Rice University Press. Materials include drafts of book proposals submitted to these publishers, correspondence, and Barna's contract with Rice University Press as well as schedules, quotes, and receipts regarding the book's typesetting, design, and publication.
61-2The See Through Years proposal and draft
3John Setter, Texas A&M Press
4Rice University Press contract, correspondence, and invoices
5Correspondence concerning employment
A5: Grant Funding, 1990-1991
The Anchorage Foundation of Texas awarded Barna a grant in 1991 that allowed him to take time away from his editorial duties at Texas Architect to complete The See-Through Years. While the Anchorage Foundation files are not represented in Barna's papers, this subseries documents Barna's preliminary research on grants and his applications to the Graham Foundation in May 1990 and June 1991.
66Grant information
7Graham Foundation application, May 1990
8Texas foundations
9Graham Foundation application, June 1991
A6: Publicity Files, 1990-1994
This series includes press releases, clippings, photocopies of reviews, correspondence, and awards. A critical success, The See Through Years was favorably reviewed by many Texas and national publications and was named architecture "Book of the Year" by the New York Times on December 27, 1992.
610Texas Institute of Letters award, 1993
11John G. Flowers award, 1994
12Joel Barna's author's sketch in Contemporary Authors, vol. 138, Gale Research
13-16Correspondence, 1990-1993, undated
18Rice University Press
14Slide presentation (16 35mm slides)
Slides for publicity (4 35mm slides)

Series B: Reference and Research Materials for The See-Through Years, 1984-1994

Series Abstract
The items in this series contain reference and research materials that Barna compiled during his tenure as editor of Texas Architect and while researching The See-Through Years. Materials include photographs, handwritten notes, interviews, and annotated articles, some of which were written by Barna himself for Texas Architect and other publications such as Architecture, Cite, and Progressive Architecture. These articles often evolved into chapters of his book. Most of these files contain clippings and notes about particular architectural projects within the state of Texas and broader topical subjects, such as public housing or office environments. Also included are notes from conferences, symposia, and presentations.
The series is divided into 7 subseries: Austin, Corpus Christi, Houston/Galveston, San Antonio, Topical, and Writings, Presentations, Conferences and Symposia.
B1: Austin, Texas
71Austin Convention Center
2Austin Nature Center
3Capitol Expansion and Restoration Project
4Downtown [Austin]
5Laguna Gloria
6Lamar Tower [unbuilt]
7Las Manitas Avenue Cafe
8Texas Parks and Wildlife
9Waller Creek Plaza
B2: Corpus Christi, Texas
710Architectural guide for historic Corpus Christi, 1980
11Corpus Christi City Hall
11Eammanuel Chapel at the Corpus Christi Cathedral
B3: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
712 AIA [American Iinstitute of Architects] Affordable Housing Committee
13Dallas, clippings
14DART [Dallas Area Rapid Transit] rail proposal (includes 6 b/w and 6 color photographs)
14DART downtown transitway mall (1 color photograph)
715DART rail plan, clippings
16Design District
17Destroyed neighborhoods [Dallas]
18Downtown Dallas Architecture Guide
19Downtown [Dallas] mall
20Downtown [Dallas] master plan, 1989-1990
21"Downtown" speech
22Dallas skyline story, 1989
23Pratt's "Visions for Dallas" plan, 1990
24Herman Miller Showroom, The Crescent
81Marlene and Morton Meyerson house
2-4Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center
14Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center (4 35mm slides)
85Museum of Art [Dallas]
6Shape of American City forum, University of Texas at Austin, March 1991
7Texas Commerce Bank
8Frito Lay Headquarters, Irving
9Las Colinas
91Alliance Airport proposal [Fort Worth]
2Kimball Art Museum Expansion
3Sundance Square and City Center
4Tarrant County Civil Courts Building, Richard Haas mural
B4: Houston/Galveston, Texas
95Galveston, clippings
6-7Moody Gardens
10Houston, clippings (1 b/w photograph)
11Brown Convention Center
12Century Development Corporation
13Churches [Houston]
14Churches, Landry and Landry interview
14Conoco headquarters (10 35 mm slides)
915Destroyed neighborhoods [Houston]
16Development and planning [Houston]
17"El Mercado del Sol: Pioneering Redevelopment Solutions in Houston"
18Founders Park, Freedman's Town
19Habitat for Humanity, Carl Umland interview
20Memorial Northwest Hospital (includes 1 color photograph)
21Houston Neighborhood Housing Services
101Innova, Houston Decorative Center
2Manned Flight Visitors Center
3Menil Collection
4Methodist Hospital, Dunn Tower
5Rice University, building projects
6Scattered-sites housing
7Transportation: Dacoma Transit Authority
8Transportation: Metropolitan Transit Authority
9Transportation: Regional Mobility Plan
10University of Houston, Architecture Building
11University of Houston, Space Station Architecture
111University of Houston, Space Station Architecture
2Wortham Theater Center
14Wortham Theater Center (4 35 mm slides)
B5: San Antonio, Texas
113San Antonio, clippings
4Criminal Justice Center
5-7Lucile Halsell Conservatory, San Antonio Botanical Center
8San Antonio Museum of Art
B6: Topical
119American Institute of Architects list of fellows, 1986
10Appadurai, Arjun, "Introduction: Commodities and the Politics of Value"
11Bellman, Beryl Larry, The Language of Secrecy
12BNR Research Facility (includes 1 black and white print)
13Corporate interiors
14Philip Crosby Associates, Inc.
15Furniture by Texas architects
16Douglas Harvey, writings
17Sandy Heck's suggestions re: Architectural league of New York
121Mark Hewitt course material
2High speed rail proposal, clippings
3House and condo plans and features
4House Research Organization reports, 1990, 1991
5Housing, Builder, 1981-1983, 1988
6International City Design Competition, 1989
7Jail boom
8Market housing
9New American Home Builder demo homes (36 color photographs)
10"New American Homes [Texas]", clippings from Builder
11Offices campuses
12Office design for production
13Office environments
14Office Vacancy Index of the United States, December 31, 1987
15Antoine Predock
131Public housing
2SOM [Skidmore Owings and Merrill] projects in Texas
3Texas Mainstreet Project
4 United Way statistics
14Paul Young Ranch, 1987, Laredo, Texas (6 sheets photostats)
B7: Writings, Presentations, Conferences and Symposia
135 Community Development Corporation, "CDCs, A New Force in Public Housing," 1991
6"Condes Exhibition," ca. 1987
7"A Downturn in Commercial Office Building Still Has Its Highlight," 1986
8"Richard Keating Interview," 1987
9"Money and Building in the 1980s," 1991
10American Planning Association speech, 1986
11Art Libraries Society of North America speech, Dallas, 1987
12Houston Museum Symposium, March 25, 1988
13Rice Design Alliance seminar, January 24, 1991
14Society of Architectural Historians speech, 1993
14Society of Architectural Historians speech, 1993 (26 35 mm slides)
1315Columbia University Symposium: "Who Builds the City," March 4, 1996
14Columbia University Symposium (9 35 mm slides)