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A Guide to the Turpin Chambers Bannister Papers

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
December 2008


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bannister, Turpin C. (Turpin Chambers), 1904-1982
Title: Turpin Chambers Bannister Papers
Dates: 1938-1982
Abstract: Correspondence, course materials, administrative records, professional association records, research notes, and other papers related to Dr. Turpin Bannister's career as an architect, educator, and academic administrator.
Extent: 14.25 Linear feet. 33 boxes.
Identification: Ms Coll. 4
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Turpin Chambers Bannister was the Dean of the University of Florida's College of Architecture and Fine Arts from 1957 through 1965. He was born in Lima, Ohio and received his Bachelor's degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 1925 and a Master's from Columbia in 1928. From 1932 to 1944 he taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, first as a design instructor and later as an architectural historian. During this time period he was hired by the Federal Writers Project of the WPA to assist in the preparation of the Federal Guide Series book on New York State. From December 1938 to August 1939, and in February 1940, he was employed as an editor and writer. The guide's introductory essay on architecture was written by Bannister.

While at Rensselaer he served as the first president of the Society of Architectural Historians and was also editor of its journal. He completed his studies at Harvard's School of Architecture where he received his Ph.D. in 1944. That year he left Rensselaer and became dean of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute's School of Architecture and Arts in Auburn. In 1948, he moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana and was Professor of Architecture for ten years, seven of which he served as head of the Department of Architecture. In 1958 he came to the University of Florida and served as dean until 1965, when he suffered a stroke. He died March 15, 1982, in Williston, Florida.

Dean Bannister also served on the advisory boards of the National Park Service and the Historic America Buildings Survey, and was a member of the Medieval Academy, New York Historical Association, Thornton Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Chi, and Phi Mu Alpha.


Scope and Content

The collection is arranged in three series. Series A, Subject files, contains the general subject and correspondence files of Dr. Bannister. The files were begun in the years Dean Bannister was a doctoral student at Harvard and instructor at Rensselaer, continue with his stay at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, and end with his tenure at the University of Florida. Also in this series are his records as the first president of the Society of Architectural Historians and the editor of its journal in the early 1940s. Types of records include correspondence, lecture notes, and course syllabi. The correspondence includes discussions with other architectural historians and there are several files related to historical preservation projects. A list of the contents is attached.

Series B, Iron and Architecture, Records, consists of the research notes, rough drafts and correspondence related to Dean Bannister's doctoral dissertation. Bannister's doctoral research was partially funded by grants from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Series C, the New York State Files, consists of general subject files and geographic files related to Dr. Bannister's work as an editor and writer for the Federal Guide Series New York State Guide. Of particular interest are the photographs and documentation, arranged by county, of tours taken by Bannister when researching his introductory essay.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Turpin Chambers Bannister Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

The personal files of Dean Bannister were given to the University of Florida shortly after his illness in 1965. In 1984, additional items, including correspondence by his wife from 1965 through 1982, were added to the collection. At that time they were transferred to the University Archives from the Architecture and Fine Arts Library.


Contents List

Series 4a: Subject Files


Box
1 AIA Library Lists
1 Archeology
1 Architect at Midcentury (advance copy, data and photographs)
1 Architectural Development in the Northeastern States
1 Architectural Conference
1 Architectural Education
1 Architectural Forms
1 Architectural Office
1 Architecture
1 Architecture as Symbol, Environment, and Delight
1 Architecture in the Americas
1 Architecture of War
2 Articles and Book Reviews
2 Am. Soc of Arch. Historians: Journal: Records
2 Bogardus article, John Forbes
2 Campus Plans of American Colleges and Universities by Arnett
2 Colony to Nation
2 Committee on Preservation
2 Correspondence 1935-1959
2 Correspondence 1956-1963
3 Correspondence 1963-1965
3 Correspondence, current 1960-1963
3 Correspondence, current 1964-1967
3 Correspondence with Charlotte Bannister after Dean Bannister's illness, 1966-1982
3 Dictionary of Am. Biography (bios written by TB)
3 Designs of Florida Retirement Villages by Wm. Arnett
3 Development of Preservation
3 Drawings
4 Edison Home (Glenmont) and Laboratory West Orange, New Jersey
4 Elliptical Architecture
4 The Future of the Architect
4 Annual Enrollment Study
4 Articles and clippings
4 General
4 Members of the College of Fellows
4 Statistics: U.S. Architecture Students
4 History Project
4 Historic Preservation
4 Historic Settings for Worship
5 Introduction to the Problem of Form in Architecture
5 Is Modern Arch. Really Modern?
5 Lectures
5 Microfilm Project--Architectural books
5 Miscellaneous
5 National Trust
5 Need for Architects in the South
5 Notes: Ancient Egypt: Empire II 19th Dyn.
5 Notes: Greece: Transition and Periclean (Parthenon)
6 Notes: Greek: Archaic
6 Notes: Mycenean: Neolithic Europe: Hittites and Kassites
6 Notes: Medieval
6 Notes: Conant. Carolingian and Romanesque
6 Notes: Renaissance and Baroque
6 Notes: Renaissance and Baroque
6 Notes: Modern
6 Notes: England 1790-1820
6 Notes: France Empire 1790-1820
6 Notes: Italy; Germany; Russia 1790-1820
6 Notes: United States
6 Notes: Delaware
6 Notes: Jefferson
6 Notes: North Carolina
6 Notes: Pennsylvania 1820-1860
6 Notes: 6 Philadelphia
6 Notes: South Atlantic-Gen United States 1790-1800
7 Notes: U.S. Capitol -- East Front
7 Notes: U.S. General
7 Notes: Octagonal Buildings
7 Notes: The Organization of the Architect's Office
7 Notes: Papers Read
7 Notes: Wmsbg.
7 Notes: Miscellaneous
7 The Profession of Architecture 1850-1950
7 Preservation Index
8 Report of the Commission for the Survey of Education and Registration
8 Charts -- data
8 The Profession of Architecture 1850-1950
8 The Report of the Commission for the Survey of Education and Registration
8 Size and Location of Schools
9 Roussillon Vaults Article
9 Roussillon Vaults
9 Safety in Architecture
9 SAH Society of Arch. Historians
9 Savannah -- Paper
9 Savannah Plan
9 Some Sources of Modern Architecture
10 Speeches
10 Speeches: University Committee on the Fine Arts, UF (1965)
10 St. Peter's Early Development
10 St. Peter's: Notes
10 St. Peter's: Pictorial Sources
10 The State and Problems of Architecture and Fine Arts, UF (1960)
10 Syllabus, Ancient
10 Ancient and Medieval
10 Syllabus of History of Architecture
10 Syllabus By Others
10 Conant, Modern Architecture, Harvard (1937)
10 Lehmann-Hartleben, Aegean Art
10 Lehmann-Hartleben, Greek Classical Art
10 Lehmann-Hartleben, Hellenistic
10 Lehmann-Hartleben, Roman Imperial
10 Hammett, Ancient to the Medieval
11 Hammett, Medieval Period Including Italian
11 Newcomb, History of Architecture
11 Panofsky, Italian Baroque
11 Reifstahl, Byzantine Bibliography
11 Tselos, Modern Architecture
11 Unknown, Architectural History
11 Syllabus: Landscape Arch; Perspective
11 Landscape Architecture
11 Perspective
11 Architectural Perspective
11 Syllabus: Medieval
11 History of Medieval Architecture in Europe and the Near East
11 Medieval Syllabus
12 Medieval Arch.
12 Syllabus: Modern Architecture
12 An Introduction to Architecture
12 Modern Architecture
12 History of Modern Architecture
12 Syllabus Notes
12 Ancient
12 Medieval
12 Modern
12 Radio
12 Trass
12 Williamsburg
12 Syllabus: Renaissance and Baroque
12 History of arch. II
12 Renaissance Architecture
12 Miscellaneous materials
13 Unsorted correspondence
14 Miscellaneous correspondence and photos
15 Miscellaneous printed material, project and other notes
16 Miscellaneous photographs (negatives, prints, post cards) of landscapes, buildings taken in Bermuda, Nassau, Virgin Islands, and Haiti
18 Oversize drawings, sketches, architectural photos


Series 4b: Iron and Architecture Files, 1939-1945


Box
1 Bibliographies
1 Corrections
1 Correspondence--Grant E. Research
1 Current
1 First Iron-Framed Buildings
1 New Folder Notes from The Builder
1 Notes from the Builder
1 Notes to be distributed to later periods
2 Outline
2 Introduction
2 Chap 2-Antiquity
2 Chap 3-The Middle Ages
2 Chap 4 1420-1650
2 Chap 5 1600-1700
2 General: Background
2 General: Masonry
2 Antiquity
2 Iron-Ancient
2 Middle Ages
2 Medieval-Miscellaneous
2 Iron-Medieval
2 China Iron
2 India Iron 1420-1650
2 India Iron 1600-1660
2 India Iron 1660-1700
2 Iron Arch 1600-1740
3 Masonry 1600-1740
3 Professional 1600-1740
3 Iron-XVII
3 Iron-XVIII-Coalbrookdale
3 Iron-XVIII
3 Iron-XIX
3 Iron-America
3 Iron-France
3 Iron-General
3 Iron-Sweden
3 Mining
3 Coal 1700-1740
3 Iron Arch-Miscellaneous 1750-1790
3 Iron-England 1750-1790
3 Iron-France 1750-1790
3 Masonry 1750-1790
3 Professional 1750-1790
3 Alcobaca
3 Iron-England 1790-1815
3 Iron-France 1790-1815
3 Masonry 1790-1815
3 Professional 1790-1815
3 U.S. 1790-1815
3 18th Century-French Vault Experiments
4 Early Iron Bridges
4 Fairbairn
4 First Fireproof Mills
4 Soufflot-Patte-Rondelet
4 St. Petersburg
4 St. Petersburg 1588-1747
4 Iron-Russia
4 Iron-Ships and Machinery Munitions
4 Iron-England 1815-1830
4 Iron-France 1815-1830
4 Iron-U.S. 1815-1830
4 Iron-Miscellaneous 1815-1830
4 Masonry 1815-1830
4 Professional 1815-1830
4 Iron-England 1830-1845
4 Iron-France 1830-1845
5 Iron-Miscellaneous 1830-1845
5 Iron-U.S. 1830-1845
5 Masonry 1830-1845
5 Professional-England 1830-1845
5 Professional-Miscellaneous 1830-1845
5 British Patents
5 French Patents
5 U.S. Patents
5 Iron-England 1845-1860
5 Iron-France 1845-1860
5 Iron-Miscellaneous 1845-1860
5 Iron-U.S. 1845-1860
5 Masonry 1845-1860
5 Professional 1845-1860
5 American Iron BLDGS-Outside NY
5 Dagder and Arch. Ironworks
5 Bogardus
5 Chicago Iron Fronts
5 Crystal Palace
5 Greenwood and Cincinnati
5 Jenney
5 Penn Mutual and Philadelphia
5 Saint Isaac
6 Hist-3: The Structural Transformation I-Materials
6 Hist-3: The Structural Transformation I-Steel Frame
6 Hist-3: The Structural Transformation I-Struct. Theory
6 Hist-3: The Structural Transformation I- Fire Resist
6 Hist-3: The Structural Transformation I- Height
6 Skyscraper construction-Embryonic skyscrapers
6 Skyscraper construction-Refining the skyscrapers
6 Skyscraper construction-New York 1870-1880
6 Skyscraper construction-Chicago 1880-1890
6 Skyscraper construction-New York 1893-1910
6 Skyscraper construction-New York 1916-1938
6 U.S. Capitol
6 Capitol Dome
6 Green Houses
6 Lighthouses
6 Photographs--Misc.


Series 4c: New York State Files, 1938-1940


Box
1 General files
1 Architecture files
1 Architecture files-Architects-Clippings
1 Architecture files-Erie Canal and engineering projects
1 Architecture files-Functional development-Clippings
1 Architecture files-Structional development
1 Architecture files-periods
1 Architecture files-periods-Dutch-Clippings
1 Architecture files-periods-English colonial
1 Architecture files-periods-Exotic revivals-Egyptian, Sarcentic, etc.
1 Architecture files-periods-Federal
1 Architecture files-periods-French neo-classic
1 Architecture files-periods-Greek revival
1 Architecture files-periods-Gothic revival-Clippings
1 Architecture files-periods-Mid-nineteenth century
1 Architecture files-periods-Second empire, clippings
1 Architecture files-periods-Arts and crafts: Shakers, Roycrafters, Eastlake
1 Bibliography and reading notes-Clippings
1 Buildings, notes
1 Check of work finished
1 Classification
1 Correspondence 1938-1940
1 Essay
1 Essay correspondence
1 Essay notes
1 Essay drafts, revisions, reviews
1 Future projects
2 Itineraries 1938-1939
2 New York iron buildings-Clippings
2 New York State architecture, general
2 Noted American architects project Correspondence 1938-1939
2 Tour guide drafts
2 Tour notes
2 Work Project Publications
2 Geographical files
2 Geographical files-Albany County photographs
2 Geographical files-Albany city-clippings
2 Geographical files-Albany city-photographs
3 Geographical files-Broom County photographs
3 Geographical files-Cayuga County-photographs
3 Geographical files-Chautauqua County
3 Geographical files-Chemung County, photographs
3 Geographical files-Clinton County photographs
3 Geographical files-Columbia County
3 Geographical files-Columbia County-Claverack photographs
3 Geographical files-Columbia County-Hudson-clippings
3 Geographical files-Columbia County-Hudson-photographs
3 Geographical files-Columbia County-Kinderhook-photographs
3 Geographical files-Columbia County-North of Kinderhook-photographs
3 Geographical files-Columbia County-South of Hudson-photographs
3 Geographical files-Columbia County-Livingston House-photographs
3 Geographical files-Courtland County, photographs
3 Geographical files-Delaware County, photographs
3 Geographical files-Dutchess County-Photographs
3 Geographical files-Dutchess County-Fishkill-clippings
3 Geographical files-Dutchess County-Fishkill-photographs
3 Geographical files-Dutchess County-Hyde Park-clippings
3 Geographical files-Dutchess County-Hyde Park-photographs
3 Geographical files-Dutchess County-Poughkeepsie-clippings
3 Geographical files-Dutchess County-Poughkeepsie-photographs
3 Geographical files-Dutchess County-Red Hook-photographs
3 Geographical files-Dutchess County-Rhinebeck-photographs
3 Geographical files-Dutchess County-Wappinger Falls
4 Geographical files-Erie County-photographs
4 Geographical files-Erie County-Buffalo-photographs
4 Geographical files-Essex County-clippings
4 Geographical files-Essex County-photographs
4 Geographical files-Fulton County-photographs
4 Geographical files-Genessee County-photographs
4 Geographical files-Greene County-photographs
4 Geographical files-Herkimer County-photographs
4 Geographical files-Herkimer County-Little Falls-photographs
4 Geographical files-Jefferson County-photographs
4 Geographical files-Lewis County
4 Geographical files-Livingston County
4 Geographical files-Long Island-clippings
4 Geographical files-Long Island-photographs
4 Geographical files-Madison County-photographs
4 Geographical files-Monroe County-photographs
4 Geographical files-Monroe County-Rochester-photographs
4 Geographical files-Montgomery County-photographs
4 Geographical files-Montgomery County-Amsterdam-photographs
5 Geographical files-Montgomery County-Fonda-photographs
5 Geographical files-Montgomery County-Ft. Johnson-photographs
5 Geographical files-Montgomery County-Stone Arabia-photographs
5 Geographical files-New York County-clippings
5 Geographical files-New York County-photographs
5 Geographical files-Niagara County-photographs
5 Geographical files-Oneida County-photographs
5 Geographical files-Oneida County-Utica-photographs
5 Geographical files-Oneida County-Utica-New York State Lunatic Asylum
5 Geographical files-Onodaga County-photographs
5 Geographical files-Onodaga County-Syracuse-photographs
5 Geographical files-Ontario County-clippings
5 Geographical files-Ontario County-photographs
5 Geographical files-Ontario County-Geneva-clippings
5 Geographical files-Orange County-photographs
6 Geographical files-Orange County-West Point-photographs
6 Geographical files-Orleans County
6 Geographical files-Oswego County-Oswego-photographs
6 Geographical files-Ostego County-photographs
6 Geographical files-Putnam County-clippings
6 Geographical files-Putnam County-photographs
6 Geographical files-Rensselaer County-photographs
6 Geographical files-Rensselaer County-Rensselaer-photographs
6 Geographical files-Rensselaer County-Bath-Beverwyck, Rensselaer and Forbes houses
6 Geographical files-Rensselaer County-Troy-clippings
6 Geographical files-Rensselaer County-Troy-photographs
6 Geographical files-Rensselaer County-Troy-Architects and buildings-clippings
6 Geographical files-Rensselaer County-Troy-Churches-clippings
6 Geographical files-Rensselaer County-Troy-Commercial: Stores, bank offices and theaters-clippings
6 Geographical files-Rensselaer County-Troy-Government buildings
6 Geographical files-Rensselaer County-Troy-Houses-clippings
6 Geographical files-Rensselaer County-Troy-Industries-clippings
6 Geographical files-Rensselaer County-Troy-Institutions, schools, homes, etc.-clippings
6 Geographical files-Rensselaer County-Troy-Monuments
6 Geographical files-Rensselaer County-Troy-Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
6 Geographical files-Rensselaer County-Troy-Transportation: railroads, street cars, bridges, canal
7 Geographical files-Rockland County-photographs
7 Geographical files-Rockland County II
7 Geographical files-St. Lawrence County, photographs
7 Geographical files-Saratoga County-photographs
7 Geographical files-Saratoga County-Saratoga Springs-clippings
7 Geographical files-Saratoga County-Saratoga Springs-photographs (see also box 9)
7 Geographical files-Schenectady County-photographs
7 Geographical files-Schenectady County-Duanesburg
7 Geographical files-Schenectady County-Federal Writers Project, filed notes (houses)
7 Geographical files-Schenectady County-Schenectady-photographs
7 Geographical files-Schenectady County-Scotia-photographs
7 Geographical files-Schenectady County-Union County-photographs
7 Geographical files-Schoharie County-clippings
7 Geographical files-Schoharie County-photographs
8 Geographical files-Seneca County-photographs
8 Geographical files-Steuben County-photographs
8 Geographical files-Tompkins County-photographs
8 Geographical files-Tompkins County-Ithaca
8 Geographical files-Ulster County-photographs
8 Geographical files-Ulster County-Hurley, photographs
8 Geographical files-Ulster County-Kingston-photographs
8 Geographical files-Ulster County-New Paltz-photographs
8 Geographical files-Warren County-photographs
8 Geographical files-Washington County-photographs
8 Geographical files-Wayne County-photographs
8 Geographical files-West County-White Plains
8 Geographical files-Westchester County-clippings
8 Geographical files-Westchester County-Irvington
8 Geographical files-Westchester County-Tarrytown-clippings
8 Geographical files-Westchester County-Tarrytown-photographs
8 Geographical files-Westchester County-Yonkers-clippings
8 Geographical files-Westchester County-Yonkers-photographs
9 Geographical files-Photographs
9 Geographical files-Identified
9 Geographical files-Unidentified
9 Geographical files-Prints for New York Architectural Picture Book
9 Geographical files-Postcards, Saratoga Springs, Catskill, Haines Falls, and elsewhere
9 Geographical files-Photographs, NY State
10 Geographical files-Photographs, NY State Files (1938-1940)



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