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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch of Wayne Bell

Scope and Content of the collection

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

References to works by or about Wayne Bell

Description of Series

Series A: Professional Papers, 1957-2009, undated

Series B: Faculty Papers, 1974-1992, undated

Series C: Projects, 1961-1993, undated

University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Wayne Bell papers,

1957-2009



Collection Summary

CreatorBell, Wayne
TitleWayne Bell papers
Dates1957-2009
AbstractThe Wayne Bell Papers consist of manuscript and printed materials, drawings, photographic material, and artifacts, 1957-2009 (12 boxes), that document Bell's career as a historic preservation architect and professor.
IdentificationBELL 2010018
Quantity4.5 linear feet (12 total boxes; 7 manuscript boxes, 2 photo boxes, 3 slide boxes, 499 slides, 734 photographs, 2 floppy disks, 1 compact disk)
Repository:Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Wayne Bell

M. Wayne Bell was born in Luling, Texas in 1933 and graduated from Kermit High School in Kermit, Tex., in 1950. After having served in the U.S. Navy, 1955-57, he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1960, and attended the University of Delaware's Winterthur Post-Graduate Program in American Decorative Arts. He worked as an apprentice architect with Neuhardt and Babb in Midland, Texas, 1960-64, and then worked for the University of Texas' office of Facilities of Planning and Construction, 1964-68. Bell developed a professional interest in restoration architecture through work on the George W. Littlefield House, a historic home on the University of Texas (UT) campus, and the Winedale Historical Center, an outdoor museum and study center dedicated to Texas history located in Round Top, Texas. In 1968 he went to the Texas State Historical Survey Committee, now the Texas Historical Commission, and became the first state restoration architect, serving as director of the National Register Program in Texas. In 1972, he began work for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, where he was chief of the Historic Sites and Restoration branch, then returned to UT to teach full-time, initially in the American Civilization program and then as the Meadows Centennial Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture.

In 1973, Bell helped establish at the UT School of Architecture a master's degree in historical preservation program, one of only four in the country at this time. In 1992, the Heritage Society of Austin, Inc., recognized this program and Bell's leadership with their Education Award. As director of the Winedale Historical Center (1967-1994), Bell began the Winedale Preservation Institute, which offered a historic structures documentation course for students from various Texas universities. Bell shared his interest in downtown revitalization efforts with his students through Main Street projects in various Texas towns. He retired from UT in 1995 but remains a professor emeritus.

Concurrently with his UT work, Bell also was a founder and senior principal of Bell, Klein and Hoffman, originally Wayne Bell and Associates, an Austin architectural firm specializing in historic preservation. The firm worked on restoration projects such as the Paramount Theatre, the Franklin Savings, the Littlefield House, Hirschfeld House, Austin History Center, Walter Tips Building, the Davis Buildings, Hannig Row, and the Old Millett Opera House (Austin Club). The firm received the Carl Burnette Outstanding Service Merit Award in 1985 for its contributions to the beautification of Austin. Bell sometimes built class assignments around the firm's projects.

Additional service to the architectural community included appointment by Governor Mark White to the Architect of the Capitol search committee and as first chairman of the Historic Landmark Commission for Austin, where he was instrumental in preparing the Historic Zoning Ordinance. He was active in other organizations: National Council for Preservation Education; National Register of Historic Places project; Strand Planning Committee for Galveston; and the Texas Society of Architectural Historians. Among other honors, he was named an American Institute of Architects Fellow in 1985, recognized with the Heritage Society of Austin's Architecture Award of Merit eleven times between 1973 and 1985, and in 1999 was the first architect to be honored with the Sue and Frank McBee Visionary Award.

Bell's historic preservation involvement continues beyond his retirement with his position as Texas Main Street Architect for the Texas Historical Commission (2003- ). He also has served as adviser for projects such as the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts and city park on the south bank of Town Lake and is an associate consultant with David Hoffman, Architects.

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Scope and Content of the collection

The Wayne Bell papers consist of manuscript and printed materials, drawings, photographic material, and artifacts, that document Bell's career as a historic preservation architect and professor.

The Professional Papers series documents Bell's career, including records related to service on a variety of architectural and historical committees and organizations. Notable within these records is documentation of Bell's service on the Historic Landmark Commission (1974-1975). The series also includes newsletters related to historic preservation and architecture.

The Faculty Papers series contains correspondence, printed materials, creative works, diagrams, and photographic material, created and gathered by Bell, documenting his work as a professor at the School of Architecture, University of Texas. The bulk of the material is student work from his classes, but also includes work from other UT School of Architecture classes. Students' field books (1974) include notes, site plans, and drawings of Travis County buildings, many of which are still standing as of 2009. Course materials for Architecture 262-L include lecture notes as well as printed materials about American architects' professional standards in the 1950s-60s.

The Projects series contains documentation created as part of restoration and building projects carried out in Texas. Projects include work by both students and by his firm Bell, Klein and Hoffman. In particular, the Inge-Stoneham (1982-1987) and Josey House (1983-1986) projects are well documented with day-to-day memoranda of contractor decisions made during the project. There is also a large file of research material, pamphlets and original photographs on Ingram, Tex. and the surrounding Hill Country area.

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Arrangement

The Wayne Bell papers are arranged into three series: Professional Papers, Faculty Papers, and Projects.

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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):
Bell, Wayne
Subjects (organizations):
University of Texas at Austin. School of Architecture
Texas Historical Survey Committee
Winedale Historical Center (Round Top, Tex.)
Bell, Klein and Hoffman
Texas Main Street Project
National Register of Historic Places Program
Subjects:
Historic buildings -- Conservation and restoration -- Texas
Document types:
Photographs
Slides
Architectural drawings
Student works

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Related Material

The Austin History Center, Austin Public Library holds the Bell, Klein and Hoffman Records, 1973-1987 (AR.2009.009).

The Alexander Architectural Archives hold the Winedale Historical Center Collection, 1961-1993.

The Alexander Architectural Archives hold the University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture Collection, with materials relating to the Historical Preservation program.

The Briscoe Center for American History holds Wayne Bell Papers, 1974-1993, with materials relating to Winedale Historical Center.

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Administrative Information

Citation

Wayne Bell papers, Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

Papers processed by: Catherine Grady, Amanda Keys, and Nicholas Rejack, INF 389R, Fall 2009

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References to works by or about Wayne Bell

-- compiled by Amanda Keys

Polgar, Robi. "Silent Partner: Architect Wayne Bell's Quiet Contributions to the Long Center." The Austin Chronicle, Oct. 15, 1999.

McBee, Sue Brandt. "Alcalde's 1982 Sampler of Interesting Campus Intellectuals." The Alcalde, Jan. 1982.

Sheehy, Sandy. "Restoration Drama." Texas Monthly, June 1977.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Series A: Professional Papers, 1957-2009, undated
1.25 linear feet, 3 manuscript boxes

Series Abstract
The Professional Papers series is composed of manuscript and printed material, maps, photographic material, and an artifact. This series documents Bell's architectural career (1971-1984), including records related to service on a variety of architectural and historical committees and organizations. Notable within these records is documentation of Bell's service on the Historic Landmark Commission (1974-1975). The series also includes newsletters related to historic preservation and architecture.
A1: Correspondence, 1973-1984
boxfolder
11Correspondence
A2: Writings, 1985
boxfolder
12Abner Cook: Master Builder on the Texas Frontier, manuscript introduction, 1985
A3: Associations and Committees, 1971-1984, undated
boxfolder
13Architect of the Capitol Committee, 1983-1984
Correspondence, memoranda, curriculum vitae
boxfolder
14Historic Landmark Commission (HLC), Austin, 1974-1975
Correspondence
boxfolder
15Historic Landmark Commission, Austin, 1974-1975
Committee meeting agendas
boxfolder
16Historic Landmark Commission, Austin, 1974-1975
Reports: Surveys form for historic landmark inventory
boxfolder
17Historic Landmark Commission, Austin, 1974-1975
Legal documentation
boxfolder
18Historic Landmark Commission, Austin, 1974-1975
Reference materials
boxfolder
19National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE), 1981-1983
Correspondence and memoranda
boxfolder
110National Council for Preservation Education, 1981-1983
Nominating committee: correspondence, memoranda, and notes
boxfolder
111National Council for Preservation Education, 1981-1983
Annual meeting: New Orleans, La., October 1981
boxfolder
112National Register of Historic Places project, 1972-1973
Correspondence
boxfolder
113National Register of Historic Places project, 1972-1973
Inventory forms and nominations [various locations: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma]
boxfolder
114National Register of Historic Places project, 1972-1973
Research documentation corresponding to nominations in folder 13
boxfolder
115National Register of Historic Places project, 1972-1973
Black and white photographs (8) corresponding to nominations in folder 13
boxfolder
116Strand Planning Committee, Galveston, Tex., 1974, undated
Correspondence, printed material, proposals
boxfolder
21Texas Parks and Wildlife, 1971-1974
Correspondence, memoranda, notes
boxfolder
22Texas Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), 1969-1977, undated
Correspondence and memoranda
boxfolder
23Texas Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), 1969-1977, undated
SAH brochure and bylaws, 1969 annual meeting information
boxfolder
24Texas State Historical Survey Committee, 1971-1975
Correspondence and memoranda
boxfolder
25Texas State Historical Survey Committee, 1971-1975
Committee meeting, Lubbock, Tex., July 1972
boxfolder
26Texas State Historical Survey Committee, 1971-1975
Manual, U.S. Dept. of the Interior--National Park Service policies for Historic Preservation, 1972
boxfolder
27Texas State Historical Survey Committee, 1971-1975
Art of Spain and New Spain exhibition, 1973-1975
A4: Conference programs, 1977-1978
boxfolder
28The Theatre Historical Society of America, San Antonio, Tex., July 1977
8Conference on Folk Culture in Texas: Preservation and Presentation, San Antonio, Tex., September 1977
8Society of Architectural Historians, Los Angeles, Calif., February 1977
8Society of Architectural Historians, San Antonio, Tex., April 1978
8Material Culture: The Shape of the Field, Winterthur, Del., October 1993
A5. Awards, 1985-1992
boxfolder
29Heritage Society of Austin Awards to Bell, Klein and Hoffman projects list, 1975-1985
9American Institute of Architects, Fellow, 1985
9Texas Cultural and Historical Resources Committee, House of Representatives, 1990
9Heritage Society of Austin, Inc. Education Award: University of Texas School of Architecture's Historic Preservation Program, 1992
A6: Research and Reference Materials, 1958-1990
boxfolder
210Texas Architecture 1958: an exhibition of Texas architecture, sponsored by the Texas Society of Architects and shown at the Dallas Garden Center during the State Fair of Texas, October 4-19, 1958
10Texas Homes, June 1980
11U.S. Department of the Interior Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service newsletters, 1977-1980
12U.S. Department of the Interior Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service news releases, 1979-1980
boxfolder
31Preservation News, January-August 1976
2The Saccarappa: Newsletter of the Galveston Historical Foundation, March 1980
3Society of Architectural Historians newsletter, 1976-1977
4Southwestern Mission Research Center newsletter, 1975-1976
5El Campanario: Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Association newsletter, January-June 1979
6Society of Architectural Historians, Texas chapter, newsletters, 1975, 1989
7Victorian Society in America newsletters and bulletins, 1973-1974
8Preservation drafts and reprints, 1966-1985, undated
9Brochures, 1958-1990
10Newspaper clippings, 1973-1982
11Assorted, 1980s-2009, undated
Wayne Bell and Gerlinde Leiding-Bettis photograph, 1976
Texas Society of Architects membership card, 1983
Wayne Bell resume, 2009
boxfolder
312Wayne Bell interview, November 20, 2009, conducted by processors [compact disc]
13Bell, Klein and Hoffman binder, undated

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Series B: Faculty Papers, 1974-1992, undated
1.25 linear feet, 3 manuscript boxes

Series Abstract
The Faculty papers series contains manuscripts, printed, and photographic materials, created and gathered by Bell, documenting his work as a professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas. The Students' Works subseries includes classwork for Bell and other architecture faculty.
B1. Administrative, 1971-1983, undated
boxfolder
314Correspondence, San Antonio Conservation Society, 1973
15Correspondence, 1971-1983, undated
16Faculty search, Preservation Program (curriculum vitae), 1980, undated
B2. Course Materials, 1978, 1984, 1987, undated
Course descriptions in architecture are indicated by ARC. These folders may contain syllabi, notes, exams, and reference material.
boxfolder
317Poster, UT master's in architecture/historical preservation program, [1973]
18Program and course descriptions, 1976-1988, undated
boxfolder
41ARC 262-L, Professional Practice, 1962, undated
2ARC 563, Advanced Preservation Design Studio, Spring 1983, Fall 1987, undated
3Summer Records Program, Winedale, 1984
4Readings and bibliographies (includes two 3.5 inch floppy disks), 1989-1994, undated
B3. Students' Work, 1974-1993, undated
Students' work may contain drawings, reports, photographs, and documentation.
boxfolder
45Bath House, White Rock Lake, Dallas, Tex. (4 color photos, 15 slides), undated
6ARC 355 Field Books, Travis County, 1974
Student works included: Donald R. Aird, Thomas Bertschler, Jimmy Caldwell, Henry Carranco, Nolan B. Creekmore, Robert Espinoza, Leigh Gates, Madison Graham, Whit Hanks, Daniel Hardy, Ford Ivey, Binnie McCreary, Joni Melasky, Hugo Monsanto, Les Nichols, Stephen Reus, Priscilla Spilman, Barry Wagner, Vanessa Werlla
7ARC 355, National Register of Historic Places project (San Francisco Javier Catholic Church, Travis County), includes black and white photos, Spring 1974
8Texas Churches Survey Sheets, includes 12 black and white photos, 1974
Student works included: Steve Horswell, Sam White
9National Park Service Intern program, 1975
10"Joe Dauchy Concrete Gin and Other Water Power Sites on the San Marcos," 3 black and white photos, 1979
Student work of William Howze
11Austin Historical Architecture project, 1983
12Hot Wells, San Antonio, Tex., student paper and report, 1983
Mexican Missions (n.b. Bell was involved with similar projects, but these are not from his classes), 1983-1992, undated
boxfolder
413Convento de la Concepción, Zacualpan de Amilpas, Morelos, includes one color photo, drawings, undated
14El Señor de la Columna, Temoac, Morelos, includes 2 color photos, undated
15San Mateo Atlatlauhcan, Morelos, one color photo, drawings, undated
16Santa Maria Asunción, Tochimilco, Pue, one color Polaroid, drawings, Summer 1992
boxfolder
51Santuario de Guadalupe, Amecameca, Mexico, includes one color photo, drawings, undated
2Assorted single drawings, 1983-1990, undated
3National Park Service Peterson Prize, Building: Burton Farmers Gin, Burton, Tex., 1990
Student works included: Bob Brown, Robin A. Camp, Paul Homeyer, Joo Young Hur, Tony Liew, Sandra Moon, Kristin Peterson, Henry Wagner, Harriet White

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Series C: Projects, 1961-1993, undated
2.75 linear feet, 3 manuscript boxes, 2 photo boxes (700 photos), 2 slide boxes (499 slides)

Series Abstract
The Projects series contains manuscript material (correspondence, invoices, typewritten lectures, reports, maps, plans, and survey cards) and photographs (black and white and color) created in restoration and building projects carried out in Texas from 1961 to 1987. Photographic material includes snapshots of vernacular architecture details taken by Bell on-site. Projects are arranged alphabetically by building name; city and county are noted where known. Dates reflect creation of the project material.
boxfolder
541st National Bank, Jefferson, Tex., 2 color photos, 1976
5Alpha Delta Pi sorority house, Austin, Tex., 1971
6Captain Nelson Merrell House [HABS No. TEX-3132], Williamson County, Tex., 6 black and white photos, 1961
7Comfort, Tex. map, 1978
8Colorado County (Tex.) Courthouse, 32 color photos, 35 mm negatives, 1993, undated
9-17Fayette County Architectural Survey, Biegel, Cat Spring, and other sites, 67 black and white photos, 7 survey cards, 1978, undated
18Firehouse renovation for Del Rio Council of the Arts, correspondence, ARC 563 class material, printed materials, 1983
19House on Guadalupe, location unknown, black and white photo, undated
20House of the Seasons, Jefferson, Tex., color photo, 1976
21Inge-Stoneham House (relocated to Winedale Historical Center), notes and memoranda, 1982-1985, undated
22Inge-Stoneham House (relocated to Winedale Historical Center), notes and memoranda, 1985-1987, undated
boxfolder
61, 2Inge-Stoneham House (relocated to Winedale Historical Center), 3 black and white photos, 6 contact sheets, undated
box
8Inge-Stoneham House (relocated to Winedale Historical Center), 24 black and white and 9 color photos, 35 mm, 4x5 inch negatives, undated
box
10Inge-Stoneham House (relocated to Winedale Historical Center), 194 color 35 mm slides, undated
boxfolder
63Ingram, Tex., project, reference material for Kerr County, 1987, undated
4Ingram, Tex., project, Kerrville Daily Times clippings, Jane Hale Rommel column "So You're Moving," about moving to Kerrville, Tex., area, 1987-1988
5Ingram, Tex., project, brochures, 1987-1988, undated
6Ingram, Tex., project, Veterans Administration Medical Center folder promotional materials, 1987, undated
7Ingram, Tex., project, 48 black and white photos, 3 contact sheets, undated
8Ingram, Tex., project, 94 color photos, 35 mm negatives, undated
9Josey House, notes and memoranda, 7 Polaroid photos, 1983-1986, undated
box
8Josey House, 57 black and white and 36 color photos, undated
box
9Josey House, 106 black and white and 16 color photos, undated
box
11, 12Josey House, 162 color 35 mm slides, undated
boxfolder
71Lampasas Revitalization slide lecture script, Lampasas, Tex., undated
2Lewis House (Stagecoach Inn, Winedale), Round Top, Tex., 24 black and white photos, circa 1963-1964
3Main Street project, Eagle Pass, Tex., correspondence, memoranda, reference material, 1972-1981
4Main Street project, Eagle Pass, Tex., report draft, 1981
5Main Street project, Eagle Pass, Tex., financial records, 1981
6Main Street project, Hillsboro, Tex., research material and 13 black and white photos, 1981
7Main Street project, Hillsboro, Tex., contract and correspondence, 1981
8Main Street project, Hillsboro, Tex., financial records, 1981
9Main Street project, Hillsboro, Tex., report, 1981
boxfolder
10Navasota House, Navasota, Tex., 6 color 35 mm slides, undated
boxfolder
710Old Spanish Missions preservation, San Antonio, Tex., correspondence and grant proposal, 1973
11Sam Houston House, Huntsville, Tex., correspondence and report on proposed restoration by Terry G. Jordan, 1980
12Taylor (Tex.) Revitalization lecture script, 1980
13Tips House, Austin, Tex., drawing by Virginia Erickson, 1974
box
9Walker Log House, 154 color photos, undated
box
11Walker Log House, 137 color 35 mm slides, undated

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