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A Guide to the Rudolph Weaver Architectural Records

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
March 2005

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Weaver, Rudolph, 1880-1944
Title: Rudolph Weaver Architectural Records
Dates: circa 1920-1940
Abstract: Technical drawings, plans, photographs, and sketches of academic buildings, private residences and commercial structures.
Extent: 3 Linear feet. 4 boxes.
Identification: Ms Coll. 40
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Rudolph Weaver was the Architect to the Florida Board of Control as well as the first director of the School of Architecture at the University of Florida. He taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Idaho prior to coming to Florida in 1925. He received his Diploma in Architecture from Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. and the Gold Prize in June 1905. In June 1919 he received a B.S. in Engineering from Drexel Institute. He studied at the Beaux-Arts Atelier Hambostle (1909) and Harvard University (1925).

Rudolph Weaver designed many buildings for a number of educational institutions, including the State College of Washington, the University of Idaho, the University of Florida, the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College (Florida A and M), and Florida State College for Women. He also designed the Florida State Road Department Building.

Scope and Content

His papers include some correspondence. But most of the collection consists of technical drawings, blueprints, photographs, and sketches for buildings at the State College of Washington and the University of Idaho as well as private residences and other miscellaneous structures.

The collection also includes a series of drawings and sketches of a variety of lighting fixtures (a total of 79 pieces of paper with vending). Most of those have no identification, but some were intended for the Music Building and a dormitory at Florida State College for Women and the Infirmary and Auditorium of the University of Florida.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

Weaver's work with the Florida Board of Control is documented in Series 75 of the University Archives Public Records Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Rudolph Weaver Architectural Records, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

Weaver Papers

1 Artwork acquired by Weaver including a drawing of Rome by Robert C. Spencer, scenes of Philadelphia by John J. Dull, and a sketch by Robert S. Peabody that had been presented to James Knox Taylor.
1 Blueprints - Details of the Unical Letters
1 Correspondence
1 Residences
1 Residences (unidentified)
1 State College of Washington - Agricultural Building - James Wilson Hall
1 State College of Washington - Campus Plan
1 State College of Washington - Hubert Vinton Carpenter Hall (Mechanic Arts Building)
1 State College of Washington - Notes on Carpenter and Wilson Halls
1 State College of Washington - Commons
1 State College of Washington - Community Hall
1 State College of Washington - Duncan Dunn Hall
1 State College of Washington - McCrosky Hall
1 State College of Washington - Presidents Residence
1 State College of Washington - Sigma Nu
1 State College of Washington - Stimson Hall
1 State College of Washington - Unidentified Building
1 University of Idaho - Science Building
1 University of Illinois - Plant Breeding and Veg House
1 University of Illinois - Sigma Nu
2 Plot Plan of the Radio Station
2 Exterior Drawings of Private Homes
2 Floor Plans of Private Homes
2 Interior Renderings of Rooms in Private Homes
2 University of Illinois-Women's Building
2 University of Illinois-Episcopal Student Chapel
2 University of Illinois-Study for a Chapel
2 Suggested Expansion of University of Florida
2 University of Florida-Central Library
2 University of Florida-Theta Kappa Nu Fraternity
2 Wood Products Laboratory - Ground Floor Plan
2 Landscape Designs
2 Misc. Sketches
3 Lighting Fixture Drawings
4 Lighting Fixture Drawings


Oversize materials are stored separately in flat storage cabinets.

Drawing of a column by William T. Arnett
Drawing of a Canopy over Plymouth Rock
Drawing of a study for a proposed Chapel
Plan of the second floor of a fraternity house (probably Theta Kappa)
Plan for the first floor of Theta Kappa
Print of Alachua County Hospital-exterior
Blueprints for the Theta Kappa Nu Fraternity, West Masonic Street, Gainesville, Florida

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

University of Idaho -- Buildings -- Designs and plans.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -- Buildings -- Designs and plans.
Washington State University -- Buildings -- Designs and plans.

For further information, please contact: Special Collections Access Services.

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