University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Thomas A. Pressly, Jr.:

An Inventory of his Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Pressly, Thomas A., Jr.
Title: Thomas A. Pressly, Jr. collection
Abstract: Thomas A. Pressly, Jr., educated in Virginia and Texas, was head of the architectural firm Thomas A. Pressly, Jr. A.I.A. in San Antonio. After his retirement he devoted himself to professional painting. The Thomas A. Pressly, Jr. collection consists of .5 linear feet of papers, 240 rolls of drawings (approximately 2178 sheets), 31 flat drawings, 43 photographic prints, and 7 volumes of books and serials.
Identification: 1999013, 2000005, 2000016
Quantity: .5 linear feet of papers, 240 rolls of drawings (approximately 2178 sheets), 31 flat drawings, 43 photographic prints, 7 vol. books/serials.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Alexander Architectural Archive, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Thomas A. Pressly Jr.

"Thomas A. Pressly, Jr. was educated at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia and the University of Texas. From 1961-1986 he was head of the architectural firm Thomas A. Pressly, Jr. A.I.A. in San Antonio. He retired to Ireland as a professional painter to present. Pressly's art is in many collections including the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; Arkansas Fine Arts Center, Little Rock; San Antonio Museum of Art; Crawford Museum of Art, Cork, Ireland; Forbes Museum, New York, and private collections throughout the USA, Ireland, England and France. He has been featured in American Artist magazine and Watercolor. Pressly's many affiliations include signature member of the National Watercolor Society, past president of the Texas Watercolor Society, past member of the Board of Directors of San Antonio Arts Council, the Texas Watercolor Society and the San Antonio Chapter of A.I.A."

Source: Shreveport Regional Airport Artport 2002 web site, http://www.airportart.com/Pressly.html.


Scope and Content of the collection

The Thomas A. Pressly, Jr. collection consists of .5 linear feet of papers, 240 rolls of drawings (approximately 2178 sheets), 31 flat drawings, 43 photographic prints, and 7 volumes of books and serials.


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.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomas A. Pressly, Jr. collection, the Alexander Architectural Archive, the University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

Processing is not completed. Please see archival staff for more information.


Detailed Description of the Collection

This collection has not been processed. See archival staff for more information.

 

Series A: Personal Papers, 1955-1956, 1976

Student Life
Box Folder
1 1 Thomas A. Pressly, Jr. University of Texas student athletic season ticket, 1955-1956
Collected Publications
Box Folder
1 2 The North San Antonio Times. "Architect Ralph Cameron left valuable visible legacy," September 30, 1976
Note: Cameron was Pressly’s father-in-law.



 

Series B: Professional Papers as Architect, 1982-1986

Associations
Box Folder
1 3 Texas Society of Architects, San Antonio Chapter. Junior Associate Membership card, Thomas A. Pressly, Jr., 1957
4 Builders Exchange of Texas, Inc., San Antonio, Tex. Application for membership, 1982
4 The Texas Star Trail. A Sesquicentennial Project of the San Antonio Conservation Society, 1986
Reference Works
Box Folder
1 5 Architecture. American Institute of Architects. Collection of work by architects of the San Antonio Chapter, not dated



 

Series C: Professional Papers as Artist, 1969-1999

Exhibitions featuring Pressly (arranged chronologically)
San Antonio Art League. 39th Annual Exhibition. San Antonio Artists, April 13 - May 4, 1969
Box Folder
1 7 San Antonio Art League. 40th Annual Exhibition. San Antonio Artists, April 12 - May 3, 1970
8 San Antonio Art League. 41st Annual Exhibition. San Antonio Artists, April 4 - May 2, 1971
9 San Antonio Art League. 42nd Annual Exhibition. San Antonio Artists, April 2 - May 1, 1972
9 The Contemporary Art Group, September 3 - October 6, 1972
10 San Antonio Art League. 43rd Annual Exhibition. San Antonio Artists, April 8 - May 18, 1973
11 25th Texas Watercolor Anniversary Exhibition, February 10 - March 3, 1974
11 Colorado Spring Fine Arts Center. New Accessions USA. 15th Biennial Exhibition, August 5 - September 22, 1974
11 Arkansas Art Center. 17th Annual Delta Art Exhibition, November 1 - December 1, 1974
12 University of Texas at San Antonio, Health Science Center. San Antonio Watercolor Group. 2nd Juried Exhibition, October 12 - November 15, 1975
13 McNay Art Institute. Texas Water Color Society. 27th Annual Exhibition, February 8 - March 7, 1976
13 Artists’ Studio. Second National Art Show, April 5 - 18, 1976
13 Butler Institute of American Art. 50th Annual Mid-Year Show, July 2 - August 29, 1976
13 The University of Texas at San Antonio, Health Science Center. San Antonio Watercolor Group. 3rd Juried Exhibition, October 31 - November 14, 1976
13 Tucson Museum of Art. Watercolor Southwest, Two, December 11, 1976 - January 16, 1977
14 Mainstreams '77. 10th Annual Marietta College International Competitive Exhibition for Painting and Sculpture, April 9 - May 31, 1977
14 Foothill Art Center. Rocky Mountain National Water Media Exhibition, August 14 - September 18, 1977
15 Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute. Texas Watercolor Society. 30th Annual Exhibition, April 29 - May 27, 1979
15 One Seguin Art Center. Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, November 18 - December 9, 1979
15 Western Federation of Watercolor Society. 4th Annual Exhibition, 1979
16 National Academy Galleries. American Watercolor Society. 113th Annual Exhibition, April 3 - 27, 1980
16 31st Texas Watercolor Annual Exhibition, April 13 - 30, 1980
16 One Seguin Art Center. Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, November 16 - December 7, 1980
17 San Antonio Watercolor Group. 6th Juried Exhibition, January 18 - February 6, 1981
17 Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute. Texas Watercolor Society. 32nd Annual Exhibition, May 17 - June 14, 1981
17 Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. 6th Annual Exhibition, May 31 - June 30, 1981
17 San Antonio Art League 51st Annual Artist Exhibition, April 19 - May 10, 1981
17 San Antonio Art League Koehler Cultural Center. Tom Pressly, Artist of the Year 1981, October 4 - 25, 1981
18 Texas Watercolor Society. 33rd Annual Exhibition, February 7 - 28, 1982
18 American Artist, September 1982
19 San Antonio Art League. 53rd Annual Artist Exhibit, April 3 - 23, 1983
20 San Antonio Watercolor Group. 9th Annual Exhibition, November 18 - December 11, 1984
20 Texas Watercolor Society. 35th Annual Watercolor Exhibition, 1984
21 Texas Watercolor Society. 36th Annual Watercolor Exhibition, 1985
22 San Antonio Museum Association (S.A.M.A.). Juried Regional Contemporary Art Exhibition, July 6 - September 14, 1986
23 Watercolor '92. American Artist publication, Fall 1992
24 American Artist Special Issue (Pressly articles p.26, p.50-51), April 1998
Box Folder
2 1 Texas Watercolor Society. 50 Years of Excellence, 1999
1 Watercolor, an American Artist publication, Summer 1999
2 Tom Pressly. Charlton Art Gallery, October 5, no year
2 Thomas Pressly. Sol Del Rio, April 9, no year
Publications about Pressly (not related to specific exhibitions)
Box Folder
2 3 Ashford, Gerald. “The Arts.” San Antonio Express-News, Sunday One, p. 26, May 2, 1971
Correspondence, including any enclosures (arranged chronologically)
Box Folder
2 4 Stephen Doherty, Editor of American Artist, about publication, April 10, 1980
4 Thomas A. Pressly, Jr. edited responding letter to M. Stephen Doherty, Editor of American Artist, about publication, April 21, 1980
4 M. Stephen Doherty, Editor of American Artist, about publication, May 12, 1980
Includes American Artist Watercolor Page introduction sheet.
4 Thomas A. Pressly, Jr. responding letter to M. Stephen Doherty, Editor of American Artist, about publication, May 30, 1980
4 M. Stephen Doherty, Editor of American Artist, about publication, February 3, 1981
4 Thomas A. Pressly, Jr. responding letter to M. Stephen Doherty, Editor of American Artist, about publication, April 22, 1981
Includes copy of the article The watercolor page. Tom Pressly, in American Artist, September 1982; handwritten over printed biography including resume; final edited biography including resume; handwritten preliminary biography; and a list and descriptions of “Boats of Baltimore” series.
4 Robin Longman, Editor of American Artist, about publication, May 18, 1982
Including: photocopy of 1981 biography edited for the September 1982 publication; a copy of Pressly’s biography; and a photocopy of American Artist, September 1982 set slug: Pressly caption sheets.
4 M. Stephen Doherty, Editor of American Artist, about publication agreement (photocopy), May 28, 1982
5 Linda Roark. The Dallas Society. Art About Town. Jean G. Wylie, Art chairman of Art About Town, May 18, 1982
Includes Art About Town brochure, 1981; Art About Town Best of Show contract form; and Art About Town, Art Contract, 1982
6 Thomas A. Pressly, Jr. to David Tannos about sending series of art slides, June 4, 1980
Awards
Box Folder
2 7 "Pressly wins Art League honor." (article from unknown newspaper), not dated
Reference Works
Exhibition catalogues collected by Pressly. Arranged alphabetically by sponsoring institution, exhibition title and date span.
Box Folder
2 8 Arkansas Art Center. 18th Annual Delta Art Exhibition, October 10 - November 9, 1975
9 The Art Gallery Scene, April 1980
10 Corpus Christi Art Foundation. Annual Exhibition, 1981
11 Foothills Art Center, Inc. Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, August 15 - September 19, 1976
12 NWS (National Watercolor Society). Past President’s Invitational and All-Membership Show, 1976
13 San Antonio Art League. Artist of the Year. Richard Harrell Rogers, November 5 - 26, 1972
14 San Antonio Art League. Artist of the Year Exhibition. Ray Cox, October 12 - November 12, 1975
15 San Antonio Performing Arts Association. Marilyn Horne, January 29, 1984
16 San Antonio Watercolor Group. 7th Annual Exhibition, May 2 - 14, 1982



 

Series D: Architectural Project Records, 1964-1974, 1984

Job Files
Box Folder
2 17 Calvert, Jonathan. Calvert residence, 5 black and white photographs, July 26, 1969
18 Calvert, Richard. Calvert residence, black and white photograph, not dated
19 Chumney, W.T., Jr. Chumney residence, correspondence, 1974
20 Eisenberg, Awarol. Building, black and white photograph, not dated
21 Holland, J.D. Holland residence. Pike Road, San Antonio, Tex., 1972
Includes: site map; survey document; Addendum No. 1: Plans and Specification; Addendum No. 2: Plans and Specification; copy of floor plan; copy of site plan; (10) 8½ x 11 b/w photographs; (14) 5½ x 8 b/w photographs; electrical handwritten note; plumbing and appliance list; pricing list; brochures: Friedrich Central Air Conditioning, Hotpoint refrigerator and freezer shopper’s guide.
22 Malek, Ron. Mr. and Mrs. Malek residence. Addition and alteration. 640 Ivy Lane Terrell Hills, Tex. Specification, 1984
23 San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio, Tex. Floor plan, interior drawing, exterior photograph, 1970s
23 San Antonio Zoo Health Center, San Antonio, Tex. Architectural set, structural set: details and roof framing plan, 1971
23 San Antonio Zoo Rhinoceros House, San Antonio, Tex. Job number 7005. Architectural set, structural set: roof details, site plan, preliminary set, 1970
24 Straus, Joe R., Jr. Straus residence, Alamo Heights, Tex. Brochures, Marble Technics LTD. Includes pricing list. (Reference to PRESS 103), 1984
25 Wells, Stewart. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Wells summer house. House Beautiful p.148-153, April 1964
26 Wulfe residence. 3 black and white photographs, June 22, 1969
Unidentified Projects
Box Folder
2 27 Unidentified residence. Preliminary hand drawn floor plans (includes one photocopy), not dated
28 Unidentified residence. Sepia photograph, not dated
29 Unidentified residence. 4 black and white photographs, July 26, 1969
30 Unidentified building. 5 black and white photographs, June 22, 1969
31 Unidentified residence. 9 color photographs, not dated



 

Series E: Drawings, 1938, 1958-1986, 1993

Series Abstract
The Drawings Series, consisting of approximately 2178 sheets of mostly rolled drawings representing 240 projects, is not yet fully processed. Contact Archive staff for further information.