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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch of Charles W. York

Scope and Content of the collection

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

References to works by or about Charles W. York

Description of Series

Series A: Personal Papers

Series B: Professional Papers

Series C: Faculty Papers

University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Charles W. York papers,

1941-2004



Collection Summary

CreatorYork, Charles W., 1924-2004
TitleCharles W. York papers
Dates1941-2004
AbstractCourse 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.
IdentificationCYORK 2004010
Quantity10 linear inches textual material, including 227 color postcards
Repository:Alexander Architectural Archives, 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.

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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.

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Arrangement

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

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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
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

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Administrative Information

Citation

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

Processing Information

Paper processed by: Julie Mosbo, November 2007

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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.

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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

Series Abstract
Handwritten class notes taken by York as a student in undergraduate school and during a summer course in England.
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11Student Notebook from course Arch 205K: AB212 S9-1, taught by Mr. Talley
2Notes from the Attingham Summer School Trust Tour of Historic Houses of England, 1973.

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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.
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13Cirriculum Vita
Biographical Summary
Obituary written by Wayne E. Richards
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14Correspondence as a faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin
5Articles by Charles W. York

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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).
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16Course Materials: class syllabus, class notes, and class handouts (bottom finishes, upholstery, frame construction, window treatments, cording, fillers, shading and antiquing).
7Course Materials: class syllabus, class notes, and class handouts (oil and wood finishes, window treatments, and spot removal).
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21Course 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).
2Course 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).
3Reference 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
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24Color Postcards from travels in the United Kingdom
5Color Postcards from travels in the United States

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