University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Ida C. Scott papers,


Collection Summary

Creator Scott, Ida Calhoun, 1936-
Title Ida C. Scott papers,
Dates 1944-1974
Abstract Photographs and drawings illustrate the education of Ida C. Scott as a student of architecture at the University of Texas. Manuscript material documents some aspects of Scott's architectural and professional interests.
Identification SCOTT Accession numbers: 2005010, 2007033, 2008006
Quantity Photographic materia1 (94 black and white prints, 2 color prints, 1 black and white negative, 4 35 mm slides), 24 watercolor and charcoal sketches, 95 postcards (28 photographic, 6 sets, and 68 printed), 4 audiotapes, and 1.25 linear inches of printed material.
Repository: Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Ida Calhoun Scott

Ida Scott was born Ida Calhoun Futch in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma in 1926. Her father was an officer in the U.S. Army and as a result, the family moved often. Ida attended six high schools, three different schools her senior semester. She was enrolled as a student in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas from February 1944 through June 1947.

In the fall of 1946 she traveled to occupied Europe where her stepfather was in the military service. During this time Scott lived in Germany, France and Austria and her life-long interest in historic preservation was supplemented by a great appreciation of modern design.

She returned to Austin in the spring of 1947, and that summer took a job with the architectural firm of Fehr & Granger. Hired as a typist-draftsman, Scott learned all aspects of the architectural profession. Scott did not return to school, but worked at the 502 E. 5th Street office until January of 1951.

The same year Scott moved to Fort Worth with her husband and was soon employed by fellow University of Texas School of Architecture classmate Jack Schutts. Schutts subsequently opened a contemporary furniture store called Trends, Inc. where Scott was a business manager and buyer.

Along with working for many architectural firms throughout the United States – in, New York, Massachusetts, Missouri, Florida, and Texas – Scott also raised a family. While in the Fort Worth area she worked for several local architects and designers: John Floore, John Wesley Jones, and Sidney T. Padgett. In 1974 Scott moved to Tarrytown, New York and worked 3 years with Roy T. Johnson. In 1967 Scott moved to Hingham, Massachusetts and worked with Raymond Dyer; in 1971 Scott moved to St. Louis where she worked 4 years for Schmidt-Elam and 1 year for a structural engineer; and in 1976 Scott moved to Orlando, Florida and worked 1 year for Design-Biold Team, Inc. (Manuel Gonzalez, Architect). Scott supervised the drafting room for The Evans Group (Don Evans, A.I.A.) for 5 years and worked 2 years for Studio One, Architects. In 1985, Scott returned to Austin and was hired to direct the architectural department for Randy Morine Homes.

In March 29-31, 1974 more than 300 women architectural students and professionals from all over the country gathered at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, for the first national symposium on the “Role of Women in Architecture.” Professional women spoke on the subject of discrimination against women in the profession as well as other women’s issues. Ida Scott participated as a workshop presenter on “Role Conflicts—Professional, Mother, and Wife.” Ms magazine featured an article on women architects that ran in conjunction with their coverage of the symposium.

Scott had a long career and managed diverse projects – custom furniture, Usonian houses, renovation of historic houses, contemporary houses and apartments, schools, small commercial projects, and church architecture. She has an on-going interest in the removal of architectural barriers for the physically impaired.

Ida Scott lives in Austin and is an invaluable volunteer for the Austin Public Library, Austin History Center who works with the architectural drawings collection.

Scope and Content of the collection

Photographs and drawings illustrate the education of Ida C. Scott as a student of architecture at University of Texas. Printed materials are representative Scott’s architectural career. Also included in the collection are postcards of European art and architecture.


Restrictions on Access

Access is by appointment only to any serious scholar.

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.

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):
Scott, Ida Calhoun, 1936-
Subjects (Persons):
Scott, Ida Calhoun, 1936- --Archive
University of Texas--School of Architecture
University of Texas at Austin--Buildings
Document types:

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ida C. Scott papers, Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

Paper processed by: Donna Coates

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished inventory in the Archive.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Series A. Personal Papers

box folder
1 1 Correspondence
box folder
2 1 Student Work, figure drawings for Prof. Raymond Everett’s class, 1945-46
2 Student Work, watercolors and pencil sketches
box folder
1 2 Postcards of European art and architecture
3 Personal photos
box folder
2 3 Photograph album pages of School of Architecture events, 1944-1945
box folder
1 4 Snapshot photos of School of Architecture events, 1944, 1945, 1948
10 Ida Scott interviews (cassette tapes)


Series B: Professional Papers

box folder
1 5 Resumes and business card
6 Brochures on barrier free architecture
7 Women in Architecture symposium program
8 Brochures on contemporary furniture
9 Furniture Forum: A Handbook of Contemporary Design, Vol.1, No.1, Winter 1949