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Curator of Architecture Archives Cynthia Peterson Departs - April 24, 2012

We are sad to announce that Cynthia Peterson is departing the University of Florida and will no longer serve as the Architecture Archives Curator. Cynthia has accepted a new position in her hometown of Sarasota that provides her with new and unique professional opportunities. Her decision to leave was, in her own words, "especially difficult because of my commitment to the Architecture Archives and the many relationships I have developed during my tenure at UF." Her departure is effective at the end of April. For information about the Architecture Archives, please contact: John Nemmers, Archivist in the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections

Florida Architecture and Design Survey - September 15, 2011

No survey of important architectural archival collections has ever been completed in Florida and is long overdue. Preservationists, researchers, scholars, students, and the general public interested in the architectural histories of their communities have a difficult time locating these historical collections and often are sent on frustrating and unproductive searches for architectural records. This Survey project, which is being conducted in 2011, is the important first step in creating a collective source for this information. The survey, which is available at, will collect information on extant archival records related to Florida architects and architecture that are located in cultural heritage institutions and will aid in the future publication of the Guide to the Architecture and Design Collections of Florida. The collected information also will be maintained on this Architecture Archives page. Check back for more information and updates, or contact John Nemmers, Archivist, 352-273-2766.

The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker: A Special Event, September 2011 - July 15, 2011

On September 23, 2011 the Architecture Archives will host a special event honoring the architecture of Alfred Browning Parker. This celebration features a lecture and book signing by Randolph C. Henning, author of the new book, The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker: Miami's Maverick Modernist, and a special exhibition, "Alfred Browning Parker: A Life's Work." In addition, there will be a special viewing of Our Pacesetters, a documentary film by Holly du Rivage, and graduate students from the UF School of Architecture will display "Digital Interpretations of the Regional Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker." The event will occur in Room 1A of the Smathers Library Building on the University of Florida campus from 2-5 pm on September 23, with a reception and book signing to follow. There are optional tours of the Architecture Archives and Special Collections Grand Reading Room on Saturday, September 24, from 10-12 am. A Save the Date card is available in PDF format.

Department Welcomes New Curator of Architecture Archives - February 7, 2011

We are very pleased to welcome Cynthia Peterson as the new Architecture Archives Curator in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies. Established in 2004 as a partnership between the Smathers Libraries and the UF School of Architecture, the Architecture Archives has become a leading repository for historical records pertaining to the architects and architecture of Florida and the Caribbean. Ms. Peterson previously had worked for several years as an archival consultant for architectural and design collections.

New Collections Acquired - January 20, 2011

The Architecture Archives has acquired several important collections recently: The Herschel Shepard Collection, the Alain Huin Collection, and the Jonathon Seymour Collection. More information about these collections is forthcoming!

Saving St. Augustine?s Architectural Treasures - July 1, 2010

We're excited to announce that Flagler College and UF are collaborating on a grant-funded project to conserve and digitize two important architectural collections held here in the Architecture Archives. Conservation and digitization of the Flagler College Hotel Ponce de Leon Architectural Collection and the Memorial Presbyterian Church Architectural Collection will be supported in part by a Federal Save America's Treasures grant administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Saving St. Augustine's Architectural Treasures project will conserve and digitize these irreplaceable, earliest architectural drawings of John Carrère and Thomas Hastings. Created in St. Augustine, Florida, for Henry Flagler, the collections include drawings for both the Hotel Ponce de Leon (1885-1887), now Ponce de Leon Hall at Flagler College (National Register, 1975), and the Memorial Presbyterian Church (1889-1890) (National Register, 1983). During this two-year project, over 260 drawings will be conserved and reproduced digitally by the UF Smathers Libraries. Once the drawings have been digitized, they will be made available online in the UF Digital Collections (UFDC). To learn more and to follow the progress of the project please visit:

"Sarasota Modern: The Sarasota School of Architecture" Exhibition in Smathers Library - November 11, 2009

This exhibition features architectural models, drawings, and photographs from John Howey?s Sarasota School of Architecture Collection in the UF Architecture Archives. Architects Ralph Twitchell, Paul Rudolph, Victor Lundy, Tim Seibert, Jack West, and Gene Leedy, among others, are represented. The exhibition is on display November 11 - December 24, 2009 in the Special Collections exhibit gallery on the second floor of the Smathers Library. An opening reception will be held November 18, 2009 2-4 pm with special guest speaker, John Howey. A complementary online exhibition features additional images and a rotating 360 degree view of an architectural model (courtesy of the UF Digital Library Center).

Architecture Archives Tour on October 10 - September 28, 2009

The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida will host a tour of the Architecture Archives on Saturday, October 10, 2009. The tour is part of a "North America Tour Day" organized by DOCOMOMO US, an organization that promotes the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement. October also is American Archives Month, so it is the perfect time to focus on the importance of the historical records preserved in the Architecture Archives at UF. The tour will highlight the collections, facilities and activities of the Architecture Archives, which is located in the Special Collections Reading Room. The historical materials on display will include models, drawings, blueprints, and photographs from the collections of Alfred Browning Parker, Rufus Nims, Kenneth Treister, William Morgan, and others. Three tours will be conducted at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 10. Each tour will last about 30 minutes. The Architecture Archives is located on the 2nd floor of the Smathers Library building (Library East) on the UF campus, Gainesville. For more information about the tour, please contact archivist John Nemmers in the Architecture Archives at 352-273-2766 or

New Alfred Browning Parker Architecture Archives Endowment - Aug 8, 2008

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Alfred Browning Parker Architecture Archives Endowment, a new initiative intended to support and strengthen the Architecture Archives in Special Collections. As a partnership between the Smathers Libraries and the School of Architecture since 2004, the Architecture Archives has become a leading repository for historical records pertaining to the architects and architecture of Florida. The endowment is named in honor of Professor Emeritus Alfred Browning Parker, the distinguished Florida architect and UF alumnus. A reception in his honor and in celebration of his 92nd birthday will be held on September 26, capping off a week of exhibits, lectures and events that begin on September 22. The weeklong celebration begins September 22 with the opening of an exhibition in the gallery at the Reitz Union, Of a Master's Hand: Alfred Browning Parker. The exhibition features several renderings, plans, and photographs from the Parker Collection in the Architecture Archives. The evening includes a lecture by Dr. Monica Penick of the University of Texas in the Reitz Union Ballroom at 6 pm, followed by a reception in the lobby. The exhibition, which is curated by Professor Martha Kohen and doctoral student, Dereck Winning, of the School of Architecture, will be on display through October 3. On September 24, Parker's 92nd birthday, he will lead a gallery talk at 4 pm in the Reitz Union gallery. On the following day, architect and University of Miami Professor, Jan Hochstim, will lecture in the Reitz Union Auditorium at 6:15 pm. The week culminates with a day of activities on September 26. A tour of Alfred Browning Parker homes in Gainesville will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 12:30 pm, followed by a luncheon. The reception in his honor and in celebration of his 92nd birthday will be held on the evening of September 26 from 6-10 pm in Room 1A of Smathers Library (East). For more information, contact John Nemmers at


For additional information about the Architecture Archives, please contact: John Nemmers, Archivist in the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections.


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