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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch of Philip Creer

Scope and Content of the collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series A: Personal Papers, 1918-1982, undated

Series B: Professional Papers, 1942-1990

Series C: Faculty Papers, 1927-1988

Series D: Project Records

Series D: Drawings

University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Philip Creer:

An Inventory of his Papers, 1927-1990



Collection Summary

Creator:Creer, Philip (1903-1993)
Title:Philip Creer papers,
Dates: 1927-1990
Abstract:Philip Douglas Creer (1903-1993), educated in Pennsylvania, was head of the Department of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design for twenty-three years before serving as dean of the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin from 1956 to 1967. The collection is includes personal, professional, and faculty papers, project records, and drawings.
Identification:CREER 2001009; 2003006; 2004016; 2008014; 2009005
Quantity:2.5 linear feet of papers, 5 artifacts, 204 photographic prints, 48 rolls of negatives, 66 slide transparencies, 267 sheets drawings, and 9 watercolors.
Language:Materials are in English.
Repository:Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Philip Creer

"Professor Philip Douglas Creer was born on August 31, 1903 in Springfield, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1927. Professor Creer served as head of the Department of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1933 to 1956. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1956, serving as dean of the School of Architecture from 1956 to 1967.

"Professor Creer participated in a wide array of professional endeavors. He was a partner with Creer and Roessner Architects. He belonged to the Texas Society of Architects and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), serving as a member of the board of directors for AIA from 1952 to 1955. He also received the Edward C. Kemper Award from AIA in 1960. He was executive director for the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners from 1974 to 1984. In addition, Professor Creer served as the first chairman of the Austin Historic Landmark Commission.

"In 1989, the Heritage Society of Austin established the Philip Creer Fellowship in Historic Preservation at The University of Texas School of Architecture. Philip Douglas Creer, professor emeritus of architecture, died on October 8, 1993."

(Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the UT Faculty Council web site on November 17, 2000.)

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Scope and Content of the collection

The Philip Creer papers consist of 2.5 linear feet of papers, 5 artifacts, 204 photographic prints, 48 rolls of negatives, 66 slide transparencies, 267 sheets drawings, and 9 watercolors. The collection is arranged into five series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Faculty Papers, Project Records, and Drawings.

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Restrictions

Policies Governing Use and Access

This collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using archival materials. As all or portions of this collection may be housed off-site, advance notice of at least three working days is required for retrieval. Certain items may require additional time for flattening or humidifying before they can be viewed. Access is by appointment only. Please contact the archives' reference staff for further information.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasions of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person).

The Alexander Architectural Archives operate in accordance with applicable federal or state laws and regulations, providing unrestricted access to university records not covered by state and federal right to privacy acts.

The Alexander Architectural Archives, The University of Texas Libraries, and The University of Texas at Austin, assume no responsibility for infringement of literary property rights and copyright or for liability to any person for defamation or invasion of privacy that results from a researcher's use of collections.

Researchers agree to indemnify and hold harmless The University of Texas at Austin, and their officers, employees, and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses arising out of use of collections held by the libraries. Please alert staff if anything inappropriate is found during research.

Copyright interests in this collection may not have been transferred to the University of Texas. Researchers assume full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply. Additionally, the public use of material must be cited. See citation information below.

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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
Creators (persons):
Creer, Philip Douglas, 1903-1993
Subjects (organizations):
University of Texas - School of Architecture - Faculty
Subjects:
Architecture--Texas
Architecture--Rhode Island
Low-income housing
Public housing
Document types:
Faculty papers
Architectural drawings
Photographs
Negatives
Slides (photographs)

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Related Material

University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture: An Inventory of the Collection, 1911-2002 (bulk 1960-1992), Alexander Architectural Archives

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Administrative Information

Citation

Philip Creer papers, the Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

Drawings processed by: Ben Allen, June 2002; Donna Coates, January 2009

Papers processed by: Donna Coates, September 2009

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The Philip Creer papers consist of 2.5 linear feet of papers, 5 artifacts, 204 photographic prints, 48 rolls of negatives, 66 slide transparencies, 267 sheets drawings, and 9 watercolors. The collection is arranged into five series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Faculty Papers, Project Records, and Drawings.

Series A: Personal Papers, 1918-1982, undated

Series Abstract
Personal Papers include (.4 linear feet, 1 manuscript box) of personal correspondence, calendars, momemtos, and photographs.
boxfolder
11Correspondence, 1918-1982, undated
2Military records, 1942-1943
3Family momentos, ephemera, and greeting cards
4Mrs. Creer's correspondence
5Mrs. Creer's calendars and receipts, 1936, 1961-1962
6Social organization directories
7Clippings
8Photographs of Creer (3 black and white photographic prints)
9Photographs, mostly unidentified (31 black and white photographic prints)
10Photographs and negatives (33 black and white photographic prints)
boxfolder
81Photographs of Creer and descendants (2 black and white photographic prints, 3 hand-colored prints mounted on board)
Student works (5 drawings on boards)
Art works (9 watercolors)

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Series B: Professional Papers, 1942-1990

Series Abstract
The Professional Papers series (.8 linear feet, 3 manuscript boxes) includes materials created or collected by Creer as a practicing architect, administrator and consultant. Creer practiced architecture under his own name from 1937 to 1946; as a Senior Partner of Creer, Kent, Cruise and Aldrich, Providence, Rhode Island, from 1946-1956; as a partner with R. Gommel Roessner, Austin, Texas from 1959-1964; and as P. D. Creer after 1964. He served as executive director of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners from 1974-1984. Materials include curriculum vitae, correspondence, financial records, awards and certificates, professional organization programs and meetings, firm brochures and reference files.
boxfolder
21Biographical information
2Correspondence, 1942-1975
3Correspondence, 1976-1990
4Consulting log, 1964-1970
5Creer, Kent, Cruise and Aldrich (1946-1956)
6Creer, Roessner, McAdams, Associated Architects and Consultants (1959-1964)
7Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, 1973, 1984-1986
8Awards
boxfolder
82Awards and certificates
boxfolder
7Artifacts (3 medals, 1 AIA pin, State of Texas Registered Architect stamp)
boxfolder
29American Institute of Architects Craftsmanship medal, 1955
10American Institute of Architects Honor Award plaque, 1952-1954
boxfolder
31Texas Society of Architects First Annual Convention, Austin, Tex., September 1940
2American Institute of Architects Convention, Boston, June 1954
3American Institute of Architects, Rhode Island Chapter, Annual Journalism Awards, Providence, 1955
4Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, 48th Annual Assembly, Halifax, Novia Scotia, June 1955
5American Institute of Architects Convention, Washington DC, May 1957
6Texas Concrete Masonry Association, Semi-Annual Meeting, El Paso, Tex., April 1960
7American Institute of Architects Convention, Philadelphia, April 1961
8, 9Texas Society of Architects, Professional Development Program, Dallas, Tex., September 1971
boxfolder
61Lectures, speeches and articles, 1950, 1953, 1954
boxfolder
310Clippings
boxfolder
8Communicating the value of an Architect (series of advertisements sponsored by Honeywell, 36 pages), undated
boxfolder
311Photo album and scrapbook
12Product brochures and catalogs
13Fire Resistive Manual, 1962
boxfolder
41Metal buildings, brochures and catalogs
2Regulation of the practice of architecture, notes and draft
3Standard Contract Form (American Institute of Architects)
4Timber (structural), brochures and catalogs

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Series C: Faculty Papers, 1927-1988

Series Abstract
Records related to teaching and education (1.7 lin. ft., 5 manuscript boxes). Materials include manuscript and printed material, drawings and photographs relating to administrative issues, course materials, students' work, research and reference materials. The Faculty Papers series is divided into 5 subseries: Early Teaching Positions, University of Texas School of Architecture, Presentations and Writings, Course Materials and Reference Files, and Students' Work. The course materials and reference files primarily pertain to low income and modular housing.
Subseries C1: Early Teaching Positions
boxfolder
45University of Pennsylvania (1928-1931), 1927-1931
6Rhode Island School of Design (1933-1956), 1932-1977
Subseries C2: University of Texas School of Architecture
boxfolder
47Correspondence, 1956-1978, undated
8Correspondence, letters of appointment, and retirement information, 1958-1988
9Correspondence, Goldwin Goldsmith bequest, 1965
boxfolder
62Correspondence between Creer and UT administration regarding the "Future of the School of Architecture," 1966
boxfolder
410University of Texas School of Architecture material
11University of Texas Commencement Program, June 1957
12Photographs (35 black and white and 2 color photographic prints)
Subseries C3: Presentations and Writings
boxfolder
413Lectures, speeches, articles, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1977, undated
14American Institute of Architects, Dallas Chapter, Civic Achievement Banquet, September 1956
15American Institute of Architects, California Council, October 1958
16National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials [NAHRO] Southwest Regional Council Conference, Austin, May 1960
17Alumni seminars, 1962
Subseries C4: Course Materials and Reference Files
boxfolder
51Notes re: course materials, curriculum, 1972, undated
2ARC 579: Community Involvement, Low Income Housing, 1972-1973
3ARC 579: Community Involvement, Low Income Housing, Grants on Housing for Disadvantaged
4ARC 579: Community Involvement, Low Income Housing, Modular Housing brochure originals
5ARC 579: Community Involvement, Low Income Housing, drawings
6ARC 579: Community Involvement, Low Income Housing, notes and clippings
boxfolder
63Reference files: clippings of house designs
boxfolder
57Reference files: clippings and brochures
8Reference files: journals
9Reference files: Austin Historic Landmark Program
10Reference files: Low income [modular] housing
11Reference files: Pencil Point series
12Reference files: The Urban Design Series: The Architecture of Towns and Cities, American Institute of Architects, circa 1963
Subseries C5: Students' Work
boxfolder
64"Specifications for the Erection of Emanuel Reform Jewish Temple," Dallas, Tex., Thomas C. Hilker, 1964
boxfolder
514Thesis: "A Fresh Approach to Problems of Student Housing in Bangkok," by Phisit Phisitthakorn," University of Texas, December 1967
boxfolder
65ARC 261L: Projects in Technical Communications, Gary L. Blevins, 1968
boxfolder
513The Courthouse Square, Lockhart, Texas, Garland Sadler Anderson, 1968?

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Series D: Project Records

The Project Records series includes (.5 linear feet of papers, 72 photographic prints, 66 slide transparancies) architectural work by by Philip Creer and his associates. Materials include project files, brochures, photographs and drawings.
boxfolder
66Project files
7Boy Scout camp cabin, circa 1962
14Creer residences, 1605 Gaston and 1811 Middle Court, Austin, Tex.
8Oakland Beach Park, Restoration, Expansion, and Redevelopment, Warwick, R.I.
9Rhode Island School of Design. Auditorium, Providence, R.I., 1941
10Round Rock town pump and rose cottage, Round Rock, Tex., circa 1967
11YMCA Building, Westerly, R.I., 1951
12Photographs (1 color and 35 black and white photographic prints)
Barrington Congregational Church School, Barrington, Rhode Island (10 b/w prints)
Beneficent Congregational Church-School (1 b/w print)
Chaffee Memorial Hospital, R.I. (1 b/w print)
Dartmouth. Gymnasium, Hanover, N.H. (1 b/w print)
Examination Exhibit [6 images per panel] (3 b/w prints)
Gladdings Wayland Square (1 b/w print)
Hartford Park Public Housing Development (2 b/w prints)
Lincoln Lower School. Art Room (1 b/w print)
Park View Junior High School (2 b/w prints)
Rhode Island School of Design. Auditorium, Providence, R.I. (1 color, 1 b/w print)
Rhode Island Veteran's Home, Bristol, R.I. (5 b/w prints)
Stadium Elementary School, Cranston, R.I. (1 b/w print)
Super Highway planned for town of Warwich (2 b/w prints)
Valley View Veterans' Housing Development, Providence, R.I. (1 b/w print)
YMCA Building, Boy's Branch, Providence, R.I. (3 b/w prints)
YMCA Building, Westerly, R.I. (3 b/w prints)
boxfolder
83Photographs (7 black and white photographic prints)
Barrington Congregational Church School, Barrington, R.I., 1955-56
Hartford Park Public Housing Development, Providence, R.I., 1952-1952 (2 prints)
Rhode Island School of Design. Auditorium, Providence, R.I., 1941
Rhode Island Veterans Home, Bristol, R.I., 1953
Valley View Veterans Housing Development, Providence, R.I., 1947
YMCA Building, Provindence, R.I., 1954
boxfolder
613Photographs, low income housing models (10 black and white photos mounted on board, 35 mm negatives)
Photographs mounted on exhibit board (9 b/w prints)
boxfolder
7Slides and negatives (mostly unidentified)

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Series D: Drawings

Project name: Adair residence.
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
Client Adair
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Boy Scouts of America. Ranger's house and service building.
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
Client: Boy Scouts of America
Country: U.S.
Project name: Boy Scouts of America. Troop 20 scout cabin.
Date on drawings: circa 1962
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
Client: Boy Scouts of America
Country: U.S.
Project name: Burns residence.
Date on drawings: 1969
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
Client Burns, Roberta (Mrs.)
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Carrington residence.
Date on drawings: 1970, 1972
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
Client Carrington, Walter (Mr. and Mrs.)
Street address: 4800 Ridge Oak
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Creer residence.
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
Client Creer, Philip D. (Mr. and Mrs.)
Street address: Section 3, Lot 390
City: Lakeway
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Cummings residence.
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
Client Cummings
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Holtzman residence.
Date on drawings: 1970, 1971
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
Client Holtzman, Wayne (Mr. and Mrs.)
Street address: Section 17, Lot 1465
City: Lakeway
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Kivlin residence.
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
Client Kivlin, Andy (Mr. and Mrs.)
Street address: Section 7, Lot 789
City: Lakeway
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Condominiums and townhouses.
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
Client: Larkin Property
City: Austin/New Braunfels
County: Travis/Comal
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Rose cottage. Restoration.
Date on drawings: circa 1967
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
Client Rutland, James (Mr. and Mrs.)
City: Round Rock
County: Williamson
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Duplex study.
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Low cost housing
Date on drawings: 1972?
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Modular low-income housing.
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
Country: U.S.
Project name: "Small houses for Mona."
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Unidentified building.
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
Country: U.S.
Project name: Unidentified residence.
Primary archt/firm: Philip Creer.
Country: U.S.

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