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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch of Robert James Coote, 1931-

Scope and Content of the collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

References to works by or about Robert James Coote

Description of Series

Series A: Personal Papers, 1950, 1955-1960, 1975

Series B: Professional Papers

Atlee B. Ayres, Architect: An Eclectic Odyssey 1892-1938

Series D: Faculty Papers, 1965-1998

Series E: Project Records

Series F: Art and Artifacts

University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Robert James Coote papers,

1950-2004



Collection Summary

CreatorCoote, Robert James, 1931-
TitleRobert James Coote papers,
Dates1950-2004
AbstractJames Coote is emeritus University of Texas professor of architecture and architectural history, author, artist, and a prominent architect and designer of residential homes in the Austin, Texas area in the late 20th century. The collection consists of papers, architectural drawings, paintings, photographs, 35 mm slides, and computer disks.
IdentificationCOOTE
Quantity5 linear feet of textual material, 10 original works of art, 488 photographic prints, 15 negatives, 45 color transparencies, 1,619 35 mm slides, 22 magnetic computer disks, 2 computer compact disks with 18 TIF images, and 737 sheets of architectural drawings.
Repository:Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Robert James Coote, 1931-

Robert James Coote was born on November 26, 1931 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was raised in Boston, Massachusetts, 1931-1936, and in Maryland near Washington, D.C. He attended St. Albans High School in Washington, D.C.

In 1948-1953, Coote attended Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy. He became interested in architecture during his sophomore year. In the summers while attending college, he participated in the U.S. Navy's Reserve Officer Candidate program, received his commission upon graduation and served on the 7th fleet staff as a communications officer from 1953-1955. His two year tour allowed him to study architecture and philosophy in Japan. It was during this period that he became fascinated with the grace and beauty of Japanese design, which greatly influenced his eclectic style and sense of color in later years. He completed his final four years of Naval Reserve commitment attached to units in Washington D.C.

From the Navy, Coote applied for architecture school at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was accepted and after four years attendance earned his Master of Architecture degree in 1960. During the spring of 1960, he served as Visiting Critic, Boston Architectural Center and applied for and was accepted for a Post Graduate Fulbright grant to study architecture in Italy. For the next year he studied architecture and design in Europe under Bruno Zevi.

In 1961 after his return to the U.S., Coote worked as a designer with Chloethiel Woodard Smith and Associates, Washington, D.C., (1961-1965). He became a Registered Architect in D.C. in 1963 and earned his National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certification in 1965. In the same year, Coote moved to Austin, Texas where he accepted a position as a tenure-track professor at the University of Texas, obtained his credentials by reciprocity as a Registered Architect in Texas, and opened a sole proprietorship -- James Coote, Architect.

Coote's active teaching career spanned 35 years from 1965 to 2000. Beginning as an Assistant Professor, he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1970. He was promoted to full Professor and selected as a Cass Gilbert Teaching Fellow in 1981. He was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2000. In spring 1983, he served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He taught at all levels of architectural design studies and architectural history, providing lectures, surveys, and seminars, dealing mainly with buildings and interiors of the 20th century in America and abroad. Although his academic career included research, writing, and lectures, principally at the University of Texas at Austin, Coote traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Western Europe, England, Scotland, Japan, and Hong Kong gathering information for his teaching and professional activities. Coote leveraged his knowledge of Europe by participating in the University of Texas student Foreign Study Program assuming a leadership role in the aspects of the programs dealing with architecture and design, predominately in England, but also in Italy, and Western Europe in general.

James Coote's extensive travels allowed him to build a collection of over 2,000 35 mm slides, which he used in teaching. The majority of these slides became part of the University of Texas, School of Architecture, Visual Resources Collection. His travels were predominately funded from his personal resources, although he also was successful in receiving some grant funding beginning with the Fulbright grant in 1960 and later by grants from University Research Institute for studies of English interiors, and from the Texas Society of Architects for studies on the Texas Eclectic Architecture project.

As an architect, he was influenced mainly by the work of Mies van der Rohe and the International Style and by the aesthetic principles of Japanese architecture and art. His approach was essentially classical and minimalist. He emphasized materials, methods of construction, and detailing; light and lighting; and color as means of making buildings of symbolic, emotional, and intellectual meaning. His professional activity was largely in and around Austin, Texas.

Professor Coote's architectural projects, drawings, and writings have been published in a number of books and professional periodicals. His major work on early 20th century Texas architect Atlee B. Ayres was published in 2001. In The Eclectic Odyssey of Atlee B. Ayres, Architect, Coote focuses on Ayres' San Antonio residential architecture and the varied sources from which he drew inspiration.

As part of his service to the community, Coote, has been a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Texas Society of Architects where he served as a contributing editor to Texas Architect. He also served on the Board of Trustees at Laguna Gloria Art Museum and Ballet Austin and as a volunteer docent at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center and the Blanton Museum of Art.

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Scope and Content of the collection

James Coote is emeritus University of Texas professor of architecture and architectural history, author, artist, and a prominent architect and designer of residential homes in the Austin, Texas area in the late 20th century. Correspondence, original art works, sketches, photographic negatives, prints, slides, computer disks, and architectural drawings created and collected by Robert James Coote document his work as an architect, author, educator, and artist between 1960 and 2004. The collection is divided into six series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Atlee B. Ayres, Architect: An Eclectic Odyssey 1892-1938, Faculty Papers, Project Records, and Art & Artifacts.

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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):
Coote, Robert James, 1931-
Subjects (persons):
Ayres, Atlee Bernard, 1873-1969
Subjects (organizations):
University of Texas at Austin. School of Architecture. Faculty.
Subjects:
Architecture, Domestic--Texas.
Eclectic odyssey of Atlee B. Ayres, architect.
Document types:
Architectural drawings.
Photographs.
Slides.
Paintings.

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Administrative Information

Citation

Robert James Coote papers, Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

Paper processed by: Donald W. Drumtra, Sean A. Heyliger, Jenifer R. Hughes, Fall 2006; Donna Coates and Sarah Cleary, Summer 2008

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References to works by or about Robert James Coote

-- compiled by Donald W. Drumtra, Sean A. Heyliger, Jennifer R. Hughes, Fall 2006

"At the End of Mainstreet," The Sunday Star and Daily News, Washington, D.C., March 11, 1973: C-2.

"James Coote, Austin, Texas: Careful Analysis of Program is Key to Economy. In. Designing Your Client's House, by Alderdo De Vido, 44-47. New York: Whitney Library of Design. 1983.

"Advanced design: Coote Studio." In School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin: A Prospectus 44. Austin: University of Texas, 1985.

Coote, Robert James. "Eight for the Eighties." Texas Architect 30, no. 4. (July-August, 1980): 67-76.

Coote, Robert James. "House on Ocean Drive." Texas Architect 33, no. 3. (May-June 1983): 50-3.

Coote, Robert James. "Paneled Screen: A Designer's Reflection on Japan," Texas Architect 32, no. 2. (March-April 1982): 74-9.

Coote, Robert James. "Traditional Japanese Houses," Texas Architect 33, no. 4. (July-August 1983): 74-5.

Coote, Robert James. "Adam's Bed: 16 Varieties of (Im)proprieties." Center 9. (1995): 68-75.

Coote, Robert James. "At Home in the Sky." Austin Home and Living 4, no. 1. (January-February 1997): 18-21.

Coote, Robert James. "At Home in the Sky." San Antonio Home and Living 6, no. 6. (December-January 1996-1997): 14-7.

Coote, Robert James. "Design: Work of Art or Working Object?" Texas Architect 28, no. 1. (January-February 1978): 10-3.

Coote, Robert James. "Texas Housing: A Sampling of New Developments, an introduction." Texas Architect 32, no. 3, (July/August 1982): 41-3.

Coote, Robert James. "John Staub in Context," Lecture presented to the Harris County Historical Society, Houston, March 1982

Coote, Robert James. Review of "California Counterpoint: New West Architecture," by Kenneth Frampton and Sylvia Klobolski. Texas Architect 33, no. 3. (May-June 1983): 80.

Coote, Robert James. The Eclectic Odyssey of Atlee B. Ayres, Architect. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M Press, 2001.

Evans, Derro. "Down Garden Paths." Texas Homes 10, no. 3. (March 1986): 66-71.

"Fifty Outstanding American Architects." In "A Guide to Architect Designed Houses," by Gerald Allen and Dale Furman. Town and Country 98, no. 4994. (October 1979): 95-6.

Germany, Lisa. "James Coote, Romantic Regionalist," Texas Homes 7, no. 7. (July 1983): 15-22.

Germany, Lisa. "Browder House Austin Texas: James Coote." Center 3. (1987): 112-5.

Hoekema, James. "Drawing Toward Architectural Drawings." Art Forum 10, no. 4. (1977): 44-49.

"House in Austin: Architect James Coote." In The Architectural Review 164, no. 981. (November 1978): 298.

"James Coote, Professor, Cass Gilbert Teaching Fellow." In School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin: A Prospectus 2, edited by Patricia Henderson and Michael Garrison, 44. Austin: University of Texas. 1989.

"James Coote." In Architectural Drawing: The Art and the Process, by Gerald Allen and Richard Oliver, 52-9. New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1981.

"James Coote." In Emerging Voices: A New Generation of Architects in America. New York: The Architectural League of New York, 1986:66-7, 117.

McCullar, Michael. "David-Peese House," Texas Architect 33, no. 3. (May/June 1983): 48-9.

"Parker House Austin, Texas - U.S.A." Architecture Contemporaine = Contemporary Architecture 10. (1988-1989): 98-9.

"Portraying Character: James Coote." In Architectural Sketching and Rendering: Techniques for Designers and Artists, by Stephen A. Klimet, 56-7. New York, Whitney Library of Design, 1984.

"Quiet Please." Architectural Record 167, no. 3. (March 1979): 125-8.

Speck, Lawrence W. "A Future for Texas Architecture" Texas Architect 37, no. 1 (January-February 1987): 31-8.

"Untitled Pencil Drawing (Artist's Residence) James Coote, Austin." In "Art by Architects: A Portfolio." Texas Architect 28, no. 1 (January-February 1978): 25.

"Walston House, 1970." In Austin and Its Architecture, edited by Kirby Keathy and Alan McCree. Austin, Texas: Austin Chapter, American Institute of Architects: 53.

Woodham, Tom. "Native Variety Contrasts in an Austin Garden." Veranda. Winter 1997:172-9.

Fifteen articles for the Austin American-Statesman, 1972-73, under grant for architectural journalism from the National Endowment for the Arts,

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Series A: Personal Papers, 1950, 1955-1960, 1975
(.08 linear feet of textual material, 60 drawings, 93 photographic prints)

Series Abstract
Records include papers documenting education, foreign study, and travel.
A1. Biographical Information
boxfolder
11Correspondence, undated
2Harvard commencement program, 1959
2Hieratic, official publication of Scarab fraternity, 1950, Vol. XXVIII, No.1
boxfolder
163The Harvard Crimson, June 11, 1959, Vol. CXXXVII, No. 91, Early Commencement Issue
boxfolder
13Fulbright scholarship, Rome, 1960
boxfolder
122Victorian Society Tour, England, 1975
A2: Student Work
boxfolder
161Drawings, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 1955-1958
64 photostats, 1 drawing on trace
2Portfolio binder, Harvard Graduate School of Design
26 photostats, 3 b/w photographs
boxfolder
r18, r21House in Lincoln (HGSD2 student work), 1957
16 sheets
r18Nursery School for Wellesley (HGSD2 student work), 1956
4 sheets
f05One-point Perspective of House, Second Year Studio, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 1957
White, brown ink and pencil on tan board. 19 x27.5 in.
r20Park Square Redevelopment Area. Boylston St. Apartments and Shops (Masters Year, Harvard), ca. 1959
10 sheets
r18Restaurant (student wortk, Harvard)
2 sheets
r19Solar Study (HGSD1 Design Fundamental, Harvard, Instructor: Zalewski-Szabo)
1 sheet
r19Two-story row house, revised plan (HGSD1 Environmental Design, Harvard), 1956
4 sheets
r18Walk up apartments (HGSD2), 1956
5 sheets
boxfolder
121Drawings, Fulbright scholarship, Rome, 1960
20 sheets

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Series B: Professional Papers
(.6 linear feet textual and graphic material, 139 photographic prints, 32 slides, and 6 audiocasettes)

Series Abstract
This series includes correspondence, notes, writings, publications, sketches, photographic material, and clippings documenting Coote's professional and scholarly work.
B1. Correspondence
boxfolder
14Correspondence, 1977-1983
B2. Writings
boxfolder
15"A Weed By Any Other Name..." [draft and notes]
6"An Academical Village," ca. 1972 [text and 12 b/w photographs]
7"Public Monuments" [draft, notes, and 1 b/w photograph]
8"Reflections"
9"Texas Eclecticism: Houston's Luxury Residential Architecture, 1900-1945" [draft, notes, and photocopies]
B3. Published Articles and Reviews
boxfolder
110Newspaper articles, 1971-1974 [Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts]
11"Design: Work of Art or Working Object?" Texas Architect, January/February 1978
12"Eight for the Eighties: Houses for the Seventies Suggestive for the Eighties," Texas Architect, July/August 1980
13"A Designer's Reflections on Japan," Texas Architect, March/April 1982
14"House on Ocean Drive," Texas Architect, May/June 1983
15"Adam's Bed: Varieties of (Im)propriety, Center: A Journal for Architecture in America, 1995 [correspondence, drafts, notes, 8 b/w photographs]
boxfolder
155Slides (8 items)
boxfolder
116"At Home in the Sky," San Antonio Home & Living, December/January 1996/1997 [drafts and correspondence]
boxfolder
155Slides for published article (8 items)
boxfolder
117Book reviews by Coote
18Reviews of Coote's work
B4: Presentations and exhibitions
boxfolder
119Presentations and symposia, 1978-1994
20Exhibitions, 1977-2004
B5: Awards, Certificates, and Recognitions
boxfolder
121Certificate of Appreciation from The Smithsonian Institution, undated
boxfolder
164Harvard University, Master of Architecture, 1960
4Architectural registration, District of Columbia, 1964
4Service award presented on retirement from University of Texas, 1996-1997
B6: Reference Files
Includes correspondence, printed material, drafts, notes, sketches, photographic and audio materials related to Coote's scholarship on Osterly House (London), work of Houston architect John F. Staub, and other art and architectural subjects. The audio tapes are an interview with John Staub; files also include correspondence between Staub and Coote.
boxfolder
21Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
2Austin architecture
boxfolder
f01Austin solar studies
4 sheets
boxfolder
23Energy efficiency, recyled and sustainable materials
4Osterly House, sketches and photocopies
5Osterly House, notes
6Osterly House, photographs (4 b/w prints, 1 b/w contact print, 35mm negatives)
7Staub, John F. and Briscoe, Birdsall P.
8Staub - Houston
9Maps: Broadacres, River Oaks, Houston, Tex.
1011 River Oaks, Houston, Tex.
11Burrows House, 3352 Del Monte, Houston, Tex.
12Garrison House, Houston, Tex.
13Gilmer/Coffman House, 1318 North Blvd., Houston, Tex.
14Glassman House, Houston, Tex.
15Marcontell House, Houston, Tex.
16Pincopfs/Wilson House, 1323 North Blvd., Houston, Tex.
17Sewall House, 3452 Inwood, Houston, Tex. (includes 9 b/w prints)
18Tennant House, 1505 North Blvd., Houston, Tex. (includes 1 b/w print)
19William Ward Watkin, architect
20Interviews with John F. Staub
6 audiocassettes
boxfolder
31Staub and Briscoe photographs (1 of 3)
38 b/w prints, 1 color print
2Staub and Briscoe photographs (2 of 3)
30 b/w prints
3Staub and Briscoe photographs (3 of 3)
24 b/w prints
boxfolder
154Staub and Briscoe slides (24 items)

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Series C: Book, Atlee B. Ayres, Architect: An Eclectic Odyssey 1892-1938
(1.75 linear feet manuscript material, 21 architectural drawings, 121 photographic prints, 13 black and white negatives, 2 compact disks and 32 diskettes)

This series includes clippings, research notes, text drafts, drawings, and photographic materials collected by Coote in wrting his book Atlee B. Ayres, Architect: An Eclectic Odyssey 1892-1938, published in 2001 by Texas A&M Press. It also includes promotional material and reviews.
C1: Manuscript Materials
boxfolder
34Book proposal and contract
5Correspondence, drafts, and notes
6Copyright and permissions
boxfolder
41Introduction, draft
2Chapter 1, drafts and notes
3Chapter 2, drafts and notes
4Chapter 5, drafts and notes
5Chapter 8, drafts and notes
6Chapter 9, drafts and notes
7Chapter 13, draft
8Bibliography, draft
9Clean copy, March 31, 2000 (1 of 2)
10Clean copy, March 31, 2000 (2 of 2)
11Master copy, July 24, 2000 (1 of 2)
12Master copy, July 24, 2000 (2 of 2)
boxfolder
51Edited copy, September 21, 2000 (1 of 2)
2Edited copy, September 21, 2000 (2 of 2)
3Indexing and copy editing
4Materials related to illustrations
5Manuscript copy, March 2000
printed index, 23 diskettes
6Manuscript copy, 1999-2000
9 diskettes
boxfolder
f02, f03Plans of Ayres projects
21 drawings mounted on 13 boards
boxfolder
57Manuscript reviews, 1999
8Promotional materials
boxfolder
f02Poster: Texas Book Festival, November 2002
boxfolder
59Book reviews
C2: Research Files
Many of the files are Cootes' notes from his research at the Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries. Collection and file names are cited in the folder title.
boxfolder
61Atkinson-McNay House, San Antonio, Tex.
2Austin, Dallas, Houston (includes 1 b/w print)
3Ayres's Library
4Blackstock House, San Antonio, Tex.
5Buttram House, San Antonio, Tex.
6California trip, 1996
7California trip, 1997
26 color prints
8Clippings file [notes], Ayres and Ayres records, Alexander Architectural Archives
9Drawings [notes, lists], Ayres and Ayres records, Alexander Architectural Archives
10Early work on Ayres
11Florida
12Thomas E. Hogg House, San Antonio, Tex.
13Houses, reference copies, notes (includes 1 b/w contact print)
14Illustrations, Institute of Texan Cultures (includes 5 b/w prints)
15Job files, Ayres and Ayres records, Alexander Archival Archive
16List of houses by Ayres
17Location map for houses by Ayres
boxfolder
71Mediterranean precedents
2Office correspondence files, Ayres and Ayres records, Alexander Architectural Archives
3Reading notes (1 of 2)
4Reading notes (2 of 2)
5Ornament
6Reference files "Ayres and Ayres," Alexander Architectural Archivess
7Sam Robertson House, San Antonio, Tex.
8San Antonio home tours
9San Antonio houses
C3: Photographic Materials
boxfolder
710Photographs by W. Eugene George of San Antonio houses by Ayres
20 TIF files, 2 CDs
boxfolder
13Photographs by W. Eugene George of San Antonio houses by Ayres
17 color prints
boxfolder
711Copy prints for book illustrations
49 b/w prints
boxfolder
13Drawings and plans for book illustrations
20 b/w prints
Representative Plans of Ayres Houses drawn by Coote
13 b/w negatives
Drawings by Ayres not represented in book
4 b/w prints
boxfolder
712Copy prints from the Alexander Architectural Archives [not reproduced in book]
2 b/w prints

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Series D: Faculty Papers, 1965-1998
(1.25 linear feet manuscript material, 15 photographic prints, 185 slides)

Series Abstract
Coote's Faculty Papers contain administrative information, course materials, and examples of students' work while he was teaching at the University of Texas at Austin and Travels Abroad Program. Also included are course evaluations, syllabi, handouts, and project assignments.
D1: Administrative
boxfolder
81Resumes, 1978, 1982, 1986, 2000, 2002
2Correspondence
3Annual reports, 1967-1983
4Academic promotion, 1980
5Grant application, 1984
D2: Course Material
boxfolder
86Reference, notes
7Course materials, undated
8Course materials, 1960s
9Course materials, 1970s
10Course materials, 1980s
11Course materials, 1990s
12Course materials, The Anglo American Connection, 1994
13Course materials, Advanced Design, Interiors Section, 1996
14Methods of Architectural History, 1996
boxfolder
155Slides (3 items)
D3: Travels Abroad Program
This series includes notes, reading lists, programs, itineraries, maps, and student reviews of European study programs sponsored by University of Texas School of Architecture. Professor Coote was involved in many of these programs.
boxfolder
815London/Lugano Program, Fall 1985
boxfolder
91London/Lugano Program, Fall 1986
2London/Basel Program, Fall 1987
3London/Lugano program, Fall 1989
4London/Lugano Program, Fall 1990
5Lugano Program, Fall 1992
boxfolder
155Slides (101 items)
D4: Students' Works
This series contains both written and design work of students at the School of Architecture, University of Texas. Instuctor's name, student's name, course numbers and dates are not always indicated.
boxfolder
96Susman, James Charles. The Architecture of Birdsall Parmenas Briscoe,1979. [thesis]
7Boykin, Sarah Jane, "Hal Thomson and the Evolution of an American Style in Texas Architecture," 1985
8History of English houses and gardens
"The Common Man's Renaissance"
"Inigo Jones' Discovery of Classicism"
Mayfield, John, "Romanticism in Neo-classicism," 1989
Jekyll, Gertrude and Beatrix Farrand, " "Garden Design: A Quilt Woven Through Time, 1995
Petznick, J. Greydon, "Which Style," 1996
boxfolder
99Bost, Kathleen, "The Space Behind the Decoration," 1989
10Biediger, Darin M., "The Styles of the McNay," 1997
11Eclecticism
Frost, Ethan, "The Decline or Dumbing of Eclecticism (An idealistic architecture student's lament)"
Otte, David, "Academia, Fantasy, and Function," 1998
Molinar, Jessica, "What is Good Eclecticism," 1998
boxfolder
912Studio work
15 color prints, 6 color photocopies
boxfolder
155Slides (26 items)

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Series E: Project Records
(1.08 linear feet manuscript material, 66 photographic prints, 2 black and white negatives, 45 color transparencies, 1,402 slides, 677 drawings)

Series Abstract
Records relating to design and construction. Projects are arranged alpahebtically by client name. Files may include some drawings and sketches.
Project name: Browder residence.
Date on drawings: 1980-1982
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
"Other architectural firm: George Maxwell Engineers, Inc.
Client: Browder, William (Mr. and Mrs.)
Street address: 55 Far View Cove, Glenlake Estates
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
boxfolder
101-3Files (includes specifications)
boxfolder
13Photographs (4 b/w prints, 4 color prints, 1 b/w negative, 8 4x5 transparencies)
boxfolder
141, 2Slides (211 items)
boxfolder
165Drawings (12 sheets)
boxfolder
r02Drawings (175 sheets)
Project name: Buckley residence and addition.
Date on drawings: ca. 1971
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Buckley, John (Dr. and Mrs.)
Street address: 1 Nob Hill Circle, Westlake Hills
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
boxfolder
104Files
5Photographs (2 b/w prints, 2 color prints)
boxfolder
165Photographs (2 photostats)
boxfolder
142Slides (32 items)
boxfolder
r06Drawings (33 sheets)
Project name: Cardwell Ranch entertaining lodge (unbuilt).
Date on drawings: 1987
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Cardwell, Walter W. III
City: Lockhart
County: Caldwell
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
boxfolder
106Files
boxfolder
142Slides (14 items)
boxfolder
166Drawings (8 sheets)
Project name: Clark residence. Deck.
Date on drawings: ca. 1982
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Clark, Steven (Dr. and Mrs.)
Street address: 3504 Bridle Path
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
boxfolder
r14Drawings (2 sheets)
Project name: Coote residence.
Date on drawings: 1978
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Coote, James
Street address: 3508 Bridle Path, Tarrytown
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
boxfolder
107Files
8Photographs (1 b/w print, 1 color print, 2 b/w negatives)
boxfolder
145, 6Slides (224 items)
boxfolder
151, 2Slides (217 items)
boxfolder
r09Drawings (82 sheets)
Project name: Coote residence. Addition.
Date on drawings: ca. 1981
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Coote, James
Street address: 3508 Bridle Path, Tarrytown
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
boxfolder
r10Drawings (21 sheets)
Project name: Coote condominium, 11K and 14L.
Date on drawings: 1984-ca. 2001
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Coote, James
Street address: 1801 Lavaca, Cambridge Tower Condominiums
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
boxfolder
1011Files
12Photographs (7 color prints, 7 color transparencies)
boxfolder
152, 3Slides (228 items)
boxfolder
r15Drawings (8 sheets)
Project name: Coote residence (unbuilt).
Date on drawings: 1995
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Coote, James
Street address: 3202 Lamantilla Cove, Westlake Highlands, Bull Mountain
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
boxfolder
109, 10Files and sketches
boxfolder
r01Drawings (54 sheets)
Project name: Coote residence.
Date on drawings: 1965
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Coote, Robert K. (Mr. and Mrs.).
City: Bethany Beach
County: Sussex
State/Province: Del.
Country: U.S.
boxfolder
111Specifications
boxfolder
r03Drawings (52 sheets)
boxfolder
145Slides (8 items)
Project name: David/Peese residence.
Date on drawings: ca. 1979
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: David, James and Gary Peese
Street address: 8 Sugarcreek, Westlake Hills
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
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112, 3Files (includes specifications)
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13Photographs (6 b/w prints, 8 color prints, 5 b/w negatives, 1 color transparency)
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142, 3Slides (99 items)
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168Drawings (2 sheets)
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r11Drawings (54 sheets)
Project name: Goodman residence.
Date on drawings: ca. 1970
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Goodman, Edward (Mr. and Mrs.)
Street address: Golfcourse Rd.
City: Eden Isle
County: Cleburne
State/Province: Ark.
Country: U.S.
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114Photographs (4 b/w prints, 2 color prints)
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1610Photographs (3 photostats)
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143Slides (122 items)
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r07Drawings (11 sheets)
Project name: Kidd residence.
Date on drawings: ca. 1972
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Other architectural firm: James DeGray David, Landscape Architect
Client: Kidd, Mack (Mr. and Mrs.)
Street address: 3102 Hillview Rd., Tarrytown
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
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115, 6Folders (includes specifications)
7Photographs (4 b/w prints, 1 color print)
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1619Photographs (1 photostat)
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143Slides (25 items)
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r08Drawings (13 sheets)
Project name: Kilgore residence.
Date on drawings: ca. 1981
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Kilgore, Dean (Mr. and Mrs.)
Street address: Laura Lane at Brett Cove, Rollingwood
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
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118Specifications
9Files and photographs (1 b/w print, 1 color transparency)
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144Slides (11 items)
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r12Drawings (26 sheets)
Project name: Otis residence.
Date on drawings: ca. 1968
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Otis, Jack (Dr. and Mrs.)
Street address: 3635 Westlake Drive, Westlake Highlands.
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
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1110, 11Files (including specifications)\
12Photographs (3 b/w prints, 1 color print, 1 Polaroid print)
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165Photographs (5 photostats)
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144Slides (34 items)
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r04Drawings (19 sheets)
Project name: Parker residence (unbuilt).
Date on drawings: 1987
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Parker, Thomas M.
Street address: Rocky Ridge Road, Lake Travis
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
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1113Files
14Photographs (21 b/w prints, 1 b/w contact sheet, 3 color prints, 37 b/w negatives)
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144Slides (35 slides)
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1611Drawings (18 sheets)
Project name: Spinks residence.
Date on drawings: ca. 1985
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Spinks, Horace (Mr. and Mrs.)
Street address: Las Brisas, Westlake Hills
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
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123, 4Files (includes specifications)
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144, 5Slides (76 items)
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125Drawings (6 sheets)
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r13Drawings (37 sheets)
Project name: Woodlwan condominiums (unbuilt).
Date on drawings: ca. 1985
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Spinks, Horace
Street address: Woodlawn Rd.
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
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129Photographs (2 b/w prints)
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145Slides (21 items)
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r16Drawings (6 sheets)
Project name: Walston residence.
Date on drawings: ca. 1969
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
Client: Walston, Dale
Street address: Terrace Mountain Drive, Westlake Hills
City: Austin
County: Travis
State/Province: Tex.
Country: U.S.
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127Files (includes specifications)
8Photographs (6 b/w prints, 3 color prints)
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145Slides (53 items)
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r05Drawings (2 sheets)
Project name: Townhouses.
Date on drawings: ca. 1961-1965
Primary arch/firm: Chloethiel Woodard Smith
City: Reston
County: Arlington
State/Province: Va.
Country: U.S.
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r17Drawings (5 sheets)
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154Slides (6 items)
Project name: Solar studies.
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
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f01Drawings (4 sheets)
Project name: Study for house based on Lacock Abbey, England.
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
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1612Drawings (2 sheets)
Project name: Study for house based on Hawksmoor Church, London.
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
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1612Drawings (3 sheets)
Project name: Study for (Coote) residence on Judges Hill, ca. 1990s.
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
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1613Drawings (9 sheets)
Project name: Study for "Japanese" house, ca. 1990s.
Primary arch/firm: Coote, Robert James
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1614Drawings (7 sheets)

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Series F: Art and Artifacts
(65 sheets of original paintings and drawings)

Series Abstract
This series includes drawings and paintings reflecting Coote's interest in decorative arts and travel abroad.
"I have made drawings and paintings since I was 10 years old and in 1941 to the present 2007, some 66 years. Unlike those done in the course of my architectural practice from 1965 to 1985, these were not done professionally, but persistently over the years. They have been a way of seeing and expressing ideas and emotions. They have been inspired largely by my travels abroad: Japan in 1954 and again in 1978 which was the most important influence in shaping my own aesthetic, also Italy first as a student in 1961 and subsequently much of Western Europe, Turkey in 1962, Tunisia 1990, Morocco 1992, Egypt 2000, and England where where I lived part of each year from 1985 to 2001."
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1210Ashbee furniture, Victoria and Albert Museum
Drawings (7 sheets, 2 copies)
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1615Furniture designs "Ledoux" series, London, 1996.
Drawings (18 sheets)
16Furniture and ornament studies, London
Drawings (28 sheets)
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1211"Ten Paintings and Drawings by Robert James Coote," June 2007
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f04Facade: Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire [England], 1987
Prismacolor pencils. 14 x 17 in.
f04Interior Saint Clement Danes [England], 1992
Ink, Ebony pencil, Prismacolor. 29 x 16 in.
f04Shoji No. 10 [Japan]
Watercolor, brush and watercolor pencil. 11.25 x 16.5 in.
f04Kom Ombo temple Luxor, Hypostyle Hall [Egypt], 2001
Ebony pencil. 17 x 20 in.
f04Cairo Women Dancing [Egypt], 2002
Watercolor pencils. 10 x 13 in.
f04The Nile River [Egypt], 2003
Watercolor. 8.5 x 12 in.
f04Song of the Muezzin [Morocco], 1992
Watercolor and gold oil stick. 13.5 x 15.5 in.
f04Draa River Valley [Morocco], 1993
Watercolor and bown ink pen. 9.25 x 15.5 in.
f04Islamic Veil [Persia], 1989
Ink and watercolor pencil. 13.5 x 10.5 in.
f04Delhi II [India], 1988
Watercolor. 13.5 x 11 in.

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