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School of Architecture papers

Identifier: 919

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, administrative papers, scrapbooks and historical information regarding the School of Architecture.


  • Creation: 1912-1960


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Requests for permission to quote from the School of Architecture papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Historical Note

Architecture courses were first introduced into the curriculum at the University of Minnesota as early as 1874 within the College of Mechanic Arts. In 1913, a full course of architecture was established. Frederick Mann was appointed chair and two faculty were also added that year, Roy Childs Jones and Lewis B. Walton. Courses in drawing, design specifications, decorative composition and materials construction were offered.

In 1915, the College of Engineering and Architecture was established and in 1925, the department of architecture was raised to the status of a school. Roy Childs Jones served as chair from 1937-1953, when Ralph Rapson became chair. In 1949, the School of Architecture was made a separate administrative unit within the Institute of Technology. The College of Engineering and Architecture was renamed the College of Engineering.

In 1965, a five year program in landscape architecture was established, and one year later, the school was renamed Architecture and Landscape Architecture to more fully describe the school's curriculum. In 1989, the school was reestablished as the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.


5 boxes (6.5 linear feet)


Collection contains the papers of the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota.

Other Finding Aid Available

A finding aid with a contents list is available in University Archives.

Source of acquisition

The collection was transferred to University Archives from 1960-1988.

Related Materials in University of Minnesota Archives

Walter K. Vivrett papers

University of Minnesota. College of Engineering and Architecture papers

University of Minnesota. Institute of Technology papers

Processing Information

Collection has not been processed.

School of Architecture papers, 1912-1960
Karen Spilman; revised by Karen Klinkenberg
August 2005
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