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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch of Thomas A. Pressly Jr. (1929-2014)

Scope and Content of the collection

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series A: Personal Papers, 1955-1956, 1976

Series B: Professional Papers as Architect, 1982-1986

Series C: Professional Papers as Artist, 1969-1999

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

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

University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Thomas A. Pressly, Jr.:

An Inventory of his Collection



Collection Summary

Creator:Pressly, Thomas A., Jr., 1929-2014
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:PRESS 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 Archives, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Thomas A. Pressly Jr. (1929-2014)

"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.

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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.

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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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Administrative Information

Citation

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

Processing Information

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

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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Series A: Personal Papers, 1955-1956, 1976

Student Life
BoxFolder
11Thomas A. Pressly, Jr. University of Texas student athletic season ticket, 1955-1956
Collected Publications
BoxFolder
12The North San Antonio Times. "Architect Ralph Cameron left valuable visible legacy,"September 30, 1976
Note: Cameron was Pressly's father-in-law.

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Series B: Professional Papers as Architect, 1982-1986

Associations
BoxFolder
13Texas Society of Architects, San Antonio Chapter. Junior Associate Membership card, Thomas A. Pressly, Jr.,1957
4Builders Exchange of Texas, Inc., San Antonio, Tex. Application for membership, 1982
4The Texas Star Trail. A Sesquicentennial Project of the San Antonio Conservation Society, 1986
Reference Works
BoxFolder
15Architecture. American Institute of Architects. Collection of work by architects of the San Antonio Chapter, not dated

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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
BoxFolder
17San Antonio Art League. 40th Annual Exhibition. San Antonio Artists,April 12 - May 3, 1970
8San Antonio Art League. 41st Annual Exhibition. San Antonio Artists, April 4 - May 2, 1971
9San Antonio Art League. 42nd Annual Exhibition. San Antonio Artists, April 2 - May 1, 1972
9The Contemporary Art Group, September 3 - October 6, 1972
10San Antonio Art League. 43rd Annual Exhibition. San Antonio Artists, April 8 - May 18, 1973
1125th Texas Watercolor Anniversary Exhibition, February 10 - March 3, 1974
11Colorado Spring Fine Arts Center. New Accessions USA. 15th Biennial Exhibition, August 5 - September 22, 1974
11Arkansas Art Center. 17th Annual Delta Art Exhibition, November 1 - December 1, 1974
12University of Texas at San Antonio, Health Science Center. San Antonio Watercolor Group. 2nd Juried Exhibition, October 12 - November 15, 1975
13McNay Art Institute. Texas Water Color Society. 27th Annual Exhibition, February 8 - March 7, 1976
13Artists' Studio. Second National Art Show, April 5 - 18, 1976
13Butler Institute of American Art. 50th Annual Mid-Year Show, July 2 - August 29, 1976
13The University of Texas at San Antonio, Health Science Center. San Antonio Watercolor Group. 3rd Juried Exhibition, October 31 - November 14, 1976
13Tucson Museum of Art. Watercolor Southwest, Two, December 11, 1976 - January 16, 1977
14Mainstreams '77. 10th Annual Marietta College International Competitive Exhibition for Painting and Sculpture, April 9 - May 31, 1977
14Foothill Art Center. Rocky Mountain National Water Media Exhibition, August 14 - September 18, 1977
15Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute. Texas Watercolor Society. 30th Annual Exhibition, April 29 - May 27, 1979
15One Seguin Art Center. Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, November 18 - December 9, 1979
15Western Federation of Watercolor Society. 4th Annual Exhibition, 1979
16National Academy Galleries. American Watercolor Society. 113th Annual Exhibition, April 3 - 27, 1980
1631st Texas Watercolor Annual Exhibition, April 13 - 30, 1980
16One Seguin Art Center. Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, November 16 - December 7, 1980
17San Antonio Watercolor Group. 6th Juried Exhibition, January 18 - February 6, 1981
17Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute. Texas Watercolor Society. 32nd Annual Exhibition, May 17 - June 14, 1981
17Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. 6th Annual Exhibition, May 31 - June 30, 1981
17San Antonio Art League 51st Annual Artist Exhibition, April 19 - May 10, 1981
17San Antonio Art League Koehler Cultural Center. Tom Pressly, Artist of the Year 1981, October 4 - 25, 1981
18Texas Watercolor Society. 33rd Annual Exhibition, February 7 - 28, 1982
18American Artist, September 1982
19San Antonio Art League. 53rd Annual Artist Exhibit, April 3 - 23, 1983
20San Antonio Watercolor Group. 9th Annual Exhibition, November 18 - December 11, 1984
20Texas Watercolor Society. 35th Annual Watercolor Exhibition, 1984
21Texas Watercolor Society. 36th Annual Watercolor Exhibition, 1985
22San Antonio Museum Association (S.A.M.A.). Juried Regional Contemporary Art Exhibition, July 6 - September 14, 1986
23Watercolor '92. American Artist publication, Fall 1992
24American Artist Special Issue (Pressly articles p.26, p.50-51), April 1998
BoxFolder
21Texas Watercolor Society. 50 Years of Excellence, 1999
1Watercolor, an American Artist publication, Summer1999
2Tom Pressly. Charlton Art Gallery, October 5, no year
2Thomas Pressly. Sol Del Rio, April 9, no year
Publications about Pressly (not related to specific exhibitions)
BoxFolder
23Ashford, Gerald. "The Arts." San Antonio Express-News, Sunday One, p. 26, May 2, 1971
Correspondence, including any enclosures (arranged chronologically)
BoxFolder
24Stephen Doherty, Editor of American Artist, about publication, April 10, 1980
4Thomas A. Pressly, Jr. edited responding letter to M. Stephen Doherty, Editor of American Artist, about publication, April 21, 1980
4M. Stephen Doherty, Editor of American Artist, about publication, May 12, 1980
Includes American Artist Watercolor Page introduction sheet.
4Thomas A. Pressly, Jr. responding letter to M. Stephen Doherty, Editor of American Artist, about publication, May 30, 1980
4M. Stephen Doherty, Editor of American Artist, about publication, February 3, 1981
4Thomas 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.
4Robin 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.
4M. Stephen Doherty, Editor of American Artist, about publication agreement (photocopy), May 28, 1982
5Linda 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
6Thomas A. Pressly, Jr. to David Tannos about sending series of art slides, June 4, 1980
Awards
BoxFolder
27"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.
BoxFolder
28Arkansas Art Center. 18th Annual Delta Art Exhibition, October 10 - November 9, 1975
9The Art Gallery Scene, April 1980
10Corpus Christi Art Foundation. Annual Exhibition, 1981
11Foothills Art Center, Inc. Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, August 15 - September 19, 1976
12NWS (National Watercolor Society). Past President's Invitational and All-Membership Show, 1976
13San Antonio Art League. Artist of the Year. Richard Harrell Rogers, November 5 - 26, 1972
14San Antonio Art League. Artist of the Year Exhibition. Ray Cox, October 12 - November 12, 1975
15San Antonio Performing Arts Association. Marilyn Horne, January 29, 1984
16San Antonio Watercolor Group. 7th Annual Exhibition, May 2 - 14, 1982

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

Job Files
BoxFolder
217Calvert, Jonathan. Calvert residence, 5 black and white photographs, July 26, 1969
18Calvert, Richard. Calvert residence, black and white photograph, not dated
19Chumney, W.T., Jr. Chumney residence, correspondence, 1974
20Eisenberg, Awarol. Building, black and white photograph, not dated
21Holland, 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) 8 1/2 X 11 b/w photographs; (14) 5 1/2 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.
22Malek, Ron. Mr. and Mrs. Malek residence. Addition and alteration. 640 Ivy Lane Terrell Hills, Tex. Specification, 1984
23San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio, Tex. Floor plan, interior drawing, exterior photograph, 1970s
23San Antonio Zoo Health Center, San Antonio, Tex. Architectural set, structural set: details and roof framing plan, 1971
23San Antonio Zoo Rhinoceros House, San Antonio, Tex. Job number 7005. Architectural set, structural set: roof details, site plan, preliminary set, 1970
24Straus, Joe R., Jr. Straus residence, Alamo Heights, Tex. Brochures, Marble Technics LTD. Includes pricing list. (Reference to PRESS 103), 1984
25Wells, Stewart. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Wells summer house. House Beautiful p.148-153, April 1964
26Wulfe residence. 3 black and white photographs, June 22, 1969
Unidentified Projects
BoxFolder
227Unidentified residence. Preliminary hand drawn floor plans (includes one photocopy), not dated
28Unidentified residence. Sepia photograph, not dated
29Unidentified residence. 4 black and white photographs, July 26, 1969
30Unidentified building. 5 black and white photographs, June 22, 1969
31Unidentified residence. 9 color photographs, not dated

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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.

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