University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the August Watkins Harris Papers, 1959



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Harris, August Watkins, 1893-1968
Title: Harris, August Watkins, Papers
Dates: 1959
Abstract: Consisting of a watercolor painting and two copies of architectural drawings, the August Watkins Harris Papers, 1959, document Harris’s career as an architect and artist in Austin, Texas.
Accession No.: 89-127
Extent: 3 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Austin, Texas, August Watkins Harris, Sr. (1893-1968), attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he founded the Theta XI fraternity. An architect and artist by profession, Harris worked with Bertram Giesecke (1892-1950) in an architectural firm in Austin. He and Giesecke designed several building in Austin, including Stephen F. Austin High School, the Norwood Tower, and St. Mary’s Cathedral. In addition, Harris wrote on the subject of architectural history, such as Minor and Major Mansions in early Austin (1955). Harris served in both World War I and World War II and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army. In 1922, he married Loula Harris, with whom he had four children, including August Watkins Harris, Jr. (1925-2010), also an Austin architect.


Scope and Contents

Consisting of a watercolor painting and two copies of architectural drawings, the August Watkins Harris Papers, 1959, document Harris’s career as an architect and artist in Austin, Texas. The watercolor and architectural drawings depict the Cass Gilbert Library (now Battle Hall) at the University of Texas at Austin.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Harris, August Watkins, 1893-1968 -- Archives
Subjects
Artists and Architects -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Places
Austin (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

August Watkins Harris Papers, 1959, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3S219 Watercolor painting, 1959
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2.325/D5a Picture frame, 1959
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2.325/OD10 Architectural drawings, 1959