University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Charles W. York papers,

1941-2004



Collection Summary

Creator York, Charles W., 1924-2004
Title Charles W. York papers
Dates 1941-2004
Abstract Course resources, professional correspondence, and reference materials regarding the professional activity of Dr. Charles Weldon York comprise this collection. Items represented in this collection are notes taken by York as a student in the Interior Design and Home Economics department at The University of Texas at Austin and at the Attingham Summer School Trust Tour of Historic Houses of England (1973). Biographical information regarding York is documented through his curriculum vita and obituary. Printed material concerning York’s professional career as a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and as an author on furniture finishes is concentrated to the years 1965 to 1985. Faculty papers included in the collection are course materials, syllabi, notes, and handouts on upholstery, window treatments, finishes and stains, and adhesives. Included in the reference materials are articles covering various interior decoration topics such as window treatments, women in design, and adhesives as well as postcards from York’s travels to the United Kingdom; New Bern, North Carolina; Mount Vernon, Virginia; Natchez, Mississippi; and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Identification YORK Accession number: 2004010
Quantity 10 linear inches textual material, including 227 color postcards
Repository: Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Charles W. York

Dr. Charles Weldon York was born on July 26, 1924, to Dr. Orphus and Mrs. Bertha Richardson York of Panhandle, Texas. York attended The University of Texas at Austin from September of 1941 until November 1943 at which time he joined the United States Navy. Serving aboard several ships in the Amphibious forces in the Pacific Ocean, York received an Honorable Discharge in April 1946.

After readmittence to The University of Texas at Austin in September 1946, York majored in Interior Design and graduated in May of 1949 with a Bachelor of Science. York was the first male student to receive a degree in Interior Design and Home Economics at The University of Texas at Austin. In June 1950, York received a Masters Degree in Retailing from New York University. York later received his Ph.D. in Housing from Florida State University in June 1967.

York worked briefly at Neiman Marcus in Dallas in the Decorative Gallery and Gift Shop. In the fall of 1952, York became a faculty member in the Interior Design Division in the Department of Home Economics at The University of Texas at Austin. During his tenure at The University of Texas at Austin, York was promoted through the ranks of assistant, associate, full professor, and Head of the Interior Design Division. Upon his retirement in 1985, York had served on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin for a total of 33 years.

In addition to his work at The University of Texas at Austin, York designed a Texas-The Lonestar State plate which was produced by the Fondeville china factory. York also served as the chief curator of the special historic rooms at the Mary C. Gearing building and assisted with the redesigning of the interior of the president’s residence at The University of Texas at Austin during the term of President Harry H. Ransom in 1960.

Charles W. York died March 3, 2004 from the effects of colon cancer. He was a member of the American Institute of Interior Designers and the National Society of Interior Designers.


Scope and Content of the collection

Course resources, professional correspondence, and reference materials regarding the professional activity of Dr. Charles Weldon York comprise this collection. Items represented in this collection are notes taken by York as a student in the Interior Design and Home Economics department at The University of Texas at Austin and at the Attingham Summer School Trust Tour of Historic Houses of England (1973). Biographical information regarding York is documented through his curriculum vita and obituary. Printed material concerning York’s professional career as a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and as an author on furniture finishes is concentrated to the years 1965 to 1985. Faculty papers included in the collection are course materials, syllabi, notes, and handouts on upholstery, window treatments, finishes and stains, and adhesives. Included in the reference materials are articles covering various interior decoration topics such as window treatments, women in design, and adhesives as well as postcards from York’s travels to the United Kingdom; New Bern, North Carolina; Mount Vernon, Virginia; Natchez, Mississippi; and New Orleans, Louisiana.


 

Arrangement

Arranged in three series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, and Faculty Papers.

Restrictions

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
Persons:
York, Charles W., 1924-2004
Organizations:
University of Texas at Austin
Subjects:
University of Texas at Austin -- Faculty
Interior decoration.
Upholstery.
Furniture.
Conservation & restoration -- Texas -- Austin
Architectural decoration (Woodwork)
Places:
Austin, Tex.
United Kingdom.
New Bern, N.C.
Mount Vernon, Va.
Natchez, Miss.
New Orleans, La.
Document types:
Personal Papers
Postcards

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles W. York papers, Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

Paper processed by: Julie Mosbo, November 2007


References to works by or about Charles W. York

-- compiled by Julie Mosbo

The following materials are located in the Architecture and Planning Library at The University of Texas at Austin.

York, Charles W. Furniture for the Home. Austin: University of Texas at Austin, 1974.

York, Charles W. Home Furnishing Images of College Students and College Graduates. Diss. Florida State University, 1967.


Detailed Description of the Collection

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

 

Series A: Personal Papers

Series Abstract
Handwritten class notes taken by York as a student in undergraduate school and during a summer course in England.
box folder
1 1 Student Notebook from course Arch 205K: AB212 S9-1, taught by Mr. Talley
2 Notes from the Attingham Summer School Trust Tour of Historic Houses of England, 1973.



 

Series B: Professional Papers

Series Abstract
Printed material concerning York’s professional career as a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and as an author on furniture finishes.
box folder
1 3 Cirriculum Vita
Biographical Summary
Obituary written by Wayne E. Richards
box folder
1 4 Correspondence as a faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin
5 Articles by Charles W. York



 

Series C: Faculty Papers

Series Abstract
Printed, mimeograph copies, and handwritten material York used in his courses at The University of Texas at Austin. Postcards from travels in the United Kingdom (Edinburgh, Bath, Victoria and Albert Museum, Hampton Court Palace, Coventry Cathedral, Windsor Castle, Weston Park, Shugborough in Staffordshire, Harewood House, Norwich Cathedral, Haddon Hall, Osterley Park House, Ham House, The Royal Pavilion, Chatsworth, Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire, Norfolk, Haddon Hall, Westminster Abbey, Marble Hill House, Berrington Hall, Chiswick House, Whitehall, Lancaster House, Syon House, The Wellington Museum, and Powis Castle ) and the United States (Natchez, Mississippi; New Bern, North Carolina; Mount Vernon, Virginina; and New Orleans, Louisiana).
box folder
1 6 Course Materials: class syllabus, class notes, and class handouts (bottom finishes, upholstery, frame construction, window treatments, cording, fillers, shading and antiquing).
7 Course Materials: class syllabus, class notes, and class handouts (oil and wood finishes, window treatments, and spot removal).
box folder
2 1 Course Materials: class syllabus, class notes, and class handouts (curtains, hems, cushions and pillows, finishing and refinishing wooden furniture, adhesives, repairs, abrasives, stains and varnish, lacquer, enamels, upholstery process, webbing, twine, springs, burlap, padding and filling materials, and latex foam rubber).
2 Course Materials: class syllabus, class notes, and class handouts (architectural casework, table tops and table wood species, upholstering padding materials, countertops specifications, measuring for upholstery fabric, furniture frame construction, interior design workroom processes and costume design, furniture joints, measured drawings, and public spaces).
3 Reference articles and brochures:
Women in Design by Monica Geran, undated, pgs. 256-267
Window treatments through the ages 1509-1553 . . . , undated
Gothic and Early Renaissance, Kirsch Company, 1973, pgs. 73-91
Instructions for making: The Roman Shade and Austrian Curtain, Conso, undated
How to Turn Everything into Gold: The classic art of gilding, House and Garden, October, 1967
Understanding Oriental Rugs, Parvizian, Inc., undated
Muller, Revival of an ancient art: Lacquer, undated, pgs. 140-142, 169-174
Robertson, Donald, French-English Vocabulary [typed document], undated
Glue Selector, Wilhold, undated
box folder
2 4 Color Postcards from travels in the United Kingdom
5 Color Postcards from travels in the United States