Alexander Architectural Archives

University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture Archives: Texas Architecture archive

The Texas Architecture archive is a collection of documentary research materials on historic Texas buildings produced by students and initially assembled in 1960 by Professor Drury Blakeley Alexander at The University of Texas School of Architecture. While material in the Texas Architecture archive focuses on buildings across Texas, the strength of the collection is in the Central Texas region. Record types in this collection include measured drawings, reports, photographs, oral history interviews, and audiovisual materials.

University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture Archives

Records from The University of Texas School of Architecture Archives document the activities and output of the school from its inception to the present. Due to the size of this collection, records have been divided up into several finding aids based on different functions and units within the School of Architecture.

Jessen and Jessen collection

Architects Harold E. (Bubi) Jessen (1908-1979) and Wolfe Jessen (1915-1977), both born in Austin, Texas and educated at the University of Texas. They opened Jessen and Jessen in 1938 and continued to practice in Austin with a range of partners for decades. The collection included papers, photographs, and drawings. Related materials can be found at the Austin History Center.

Lisa Germany collection

Scholar Lisa Germany has written on architecture since the early 1980's, contributing to publications such as Architectural Record, Harvard Design Magazine, Progressive Architecture, Texas Monthly, and Texas Architect. The collection documents Germany’s scholarship on the career of architect Harwell Hamilton Harris. The collection also contains records created by Harris, and his wife, Jean Murray Bangs Harris.

Walter T. Rolfe collection

Walter Rolfe (1900-1967) taught at the University of Texas School of Architecture and practiced architecture in Houston and Beaumont, Tex. The collection includes papers, correspondence, manuscripts, printed material, photographs, books, awards and medals, paintings and drawings that document Rolfe's life and work.

Raoul Josset collection


Raoul Josset (1899-1957) was a French sculptor who immigrated to the United States in the late 1920s, lived in northern Texas and worked with Dallas architect Donald Nelson. The collection includes correspondence, personal papers, office files, job files, professional association material, newspaper clippings, printed material and photographs that document Josset's career as a sculptor from 1927-1967.




Carrozza Investments Inc. records

Drawings, exhibition panels, models, and papers reflect select projects In Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Fort Worth undertaken by Carrozza Investments Inc., a Dallas-based development firm.

Blake Alexander collection

Drury Blakeley Alexander (1924-2011) was an architectural educator who served as professor at the University of Texas School of Architecture and continued to serve the city through the Historic Landmarks Commission. Alexander was a champion of the preservation of the University of Texas' historic buildings and a special friend to the Architecture and Planning Library.

Natalie de Blois collection

Natalie de Blois (1921-2013) was active in the field of architecture from 1944 through the 1990s. Her professorship at The University of Texas at Austin spanned from 1980-1993. This collection contains working drawings of projects for which de Blois was designer and the work of students who participated in her studios at The University of Texas School of Architecture (1985-1987, 1989-1993). Record types include architectural drawings and models.

John Astin Perkins collection

During the better part of the twentieth century, John Astin Perkins was considered "the decorator of choice" in Dallas and was credited with bringing New York Style to that city. With a career spanning 70 years, his work encompassed schools, clubs, homes, office buildings, hotels, and department stores. Drawings, photographs, ledgers, correspondence, awards, ephemera, scrapbooks, and published materials document the architectural and interior designs of John Astin Perkins.