University of Texas Arlington

David Dillon Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: David Dillon.
Title: David Dillon Papers
Dates: [1980s-2010]
Abstract: David Dillon was the acclaimed architecture critic for the Dallas Morning News from 1983 to 2006. He came to Dallas to teach English as an assistant professor at Southern Methodist University, but his freelance writing on architectural topics quickly caught the eye of the Dallas Morning News editorial staff. After retiring from the newspaper, Dillon taught architecture at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dillon penned some dozen books and more than 200 articles in publications including Architectural Record,Domus, and Harvard Design Review. His writings garnered awards from The Associated Press, the Dallas Press Club, and the Texas Society of Architects. This collection represents the professional papers of David Dillon including correspondence, published and unpublished books, and journal and newspaper articles; research notes and interviews, subject files; his Harvard doctoral thesis; certificates; and scrapbooks.
Identification: Unprocessed mss. 2011-71
Extent: 66 boxes (80 cubic ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

David Dillon was the acclaimed architecture critic for the Dallas Morning News from 1983 to 2006. He came to Dallas to teach English as an assistant professor at Southern Methodist University, but his freelance writing on architectural topics quickly caught the eye of the Dallas Morning News editorial staff. After retiring from the newspaper, Dillon taught architecture at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dillon held a bachelor's degree in literature from Boston College, a master's degree and doctorate in literature and art history from Harvard University, and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Dillon penned some dozen books and more than 200 articles in publications including Architectural Record, Domus, and Harvard Design Review. His writings garnered awards from The Associated Press, the Dallas Press Club, and the Texas Society of Architects.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, research materials, scrapbooks, printed materials, newspaper clippings, cassette tapes, videotapes, award certificates. This collection represents the professional papers of David Dillon including published and unpublished books, and journal and newspaper articles; research notes and interviews, subject files; his Harvard doctoral thesis; and scrapbooks.


Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Donor retained copyright for all work by David Dillon not held by others.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Dillon, David--1941-2010--Archives.
Subjects
Architectural criticism--United States.
Architectural critics--United States.
Architecture--Texas--Dallas--20th century.
Places
Dallas (Tex.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Sally A. Dillon,2011.

Citation

David Dillon Papers, Unprocessed mss. 2011-71, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Gift, 2011.

Accessioned as number 2011-71.