The historic student drawings collection contains approximately 1,600 drawings created by architecture students in the University of Oregon’s College of Design during the years 1914-1970. Stored in the Design Library, these works are arranged chronologically by year, then alphabetically by creator. They were created using various media, including charcoal, watercolor, and blueprint, and range in size from 18” x 28” to 46” x 72”.
The drawings demonstrate the pedagogy of the architecture program, including analytiques, ornamentation, and sketch problems. The works reflect the changing styles of periods from Beaux-Arts to midcentury Modernism. They give a unique insight to the development of the Pacific Northwest architectural style, and the collection as a whole provides insight into the first works of artists who became important architects of the region, including: Chloethiel B. Woodard (Smith), Lee Nelson, Mel Streeter, Edith Yang, Howard Backen, Hollis Johnston, Mary L. Allen (Rosenberg), Eyler Brown, Wallace Hayden, and Walter Church.
In 2014, Helene Marie Hannon, a library science student supported by the Robert and Dorris Thomas Endowment Fund, Edward Teague, Head of the Design Library, and Stephanie Kays, archivist with the Special Collections and University Archives department, collaborated in creating a finding aid to this collection. The finding is part of Archive West, the digital archives collaborative project of the Orbis Cascade Alliance. 2014
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