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Barrie Scardino Bradley Papers

 Collection
Identifier: AC-828

Scope and Contents

The Barrie Scardino Bradley Papers consist of materials related to the architectural history of the Houston, Texas area. Museum guides, walking tours, brochures, publications, exhibits, catalogs, and programs featuring Houston area architects and history of the city's architectural design make up the bulk of the collection.

Items of interest include Bradley's six-volume Houston Architectural Survey, completed in 1980, as well as a copy of the updated Main Street/Market Square National Register Nomination. Periodicals of interest include a nearly complete collection (through 2018) of Cite Magazine, an architectural design review of Houston, as well as a large collection of The Carriers, published by the Kirby Corporation.

The collection also includes research materials for Bradley's books, "Improbable Metropolis: Houston's Architectural and Urban History" and "Fair Winds: The History of Kirby Corporation." These consist of notes, interviews, publications, outlines, and manuscript drafts.

Dates

  • 1886 - 2018

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

The Tyrrell Historical Library does not hold copyright for most of its collections. The researcher must secure permission to publish. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Tyrrell Historical Library. The researcher assumes full responsibility for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.

Biographical Note

Barrie Scardino Bradley is an author and scholar who has published several books on Texas architecture, including "Improbable Metropolis: Houston’s Architectural and Urban History" (2020, University of Texas Press) and "Fair Winds: The History of Kirby Corporation" (2017, Herring Press). She studied at Duke University and the University of Southern California before joining the faculty at Rice University's School of Architecture. She worked as the first architectural archivist for the City of Houston. She became executive director of the American Institute of Architects, Houston Chapter, and the Houston Architecture Foundation until 2011 when she moved to Beaumont, Texas. She also served as managing editor of Cite Magazine: Architecture and Design Review of Houston.

Extent

7 Cubic Feet (5 cubic foot boxes, 7 flat boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Barrie Scardino Bradley is an author and scholar who has published several books on Texas architecture, including "Improbable Metropolis: Houston’s Architectural and Urban History" (2020, University of Texas Press) and "Fair Winds: The History of Kirby Corporation" (2017, Herring Press). She worked as the first architectural archivist for the City of Houston. She became executive director of the American Institute of Architects, Houston Chapter, and the Houston Architecture Foundation until 2011 when she moved to Beaumont, Texas. The Barrie Scardino Bradley Papers consist of materials related to the architectural history of the Houston, Texas area. Museum guides, walking tours, brochures, publications, exhibits, catalogs, and programs featuring Houston area architects and history of the city's architectural design make up the bulk of the collection. The collection also includes research materials for Bradley's books, "Improbable Metropolis: Houston's Architectural and Urban History" and "Fair Winds: The History of Kirby Corporation."

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series and subdivided into several subseries. The first series, Houston Architecture, 1886-2017, consists of three subseries of architectural materials, architectural surveys, and "Improbable Metropolis" book research. The second series, Kirby Corporation, 1900-2016, consists of two subseries of general research materials and "Fair Winds" book research. The third and final series, Publications, 1910-2018, is dedicated to various published materials and periodicals.
Title
Finding Aid for the Barrie Scardino Bradley Papers, 1886-2018
Author
Tyrrell Historical Library Staff
Date
March 25, 2021
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives Repository

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