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Architectural Archives: Organizations

Discover architectural resources housed in Special Collections and Archives by exploring this guide!

Alabama Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

The Alabama Chapter of the American Institute of Architects was chartered in 1916. In 1965, it became the Alabama Council and six separate chapters were created throughout the state. The council serves as liaison between the state chapters and the American Institute of Architects. It is active in public relations, historic preservation, monitoring state legislation, financial aid and awards to architecture students, and publishes the "Alabama Architect" 

Minutes (1916-1987) of annual and quarterly meetings; bylaws (1938-1977); general correspondence (1927-1978); reports, including annual reports (1917-1977), state board of registration reports (1953-1975), and special reports; committee files (1964-1983); legal and legislative information (1968-1988), including licensing, state building codes, and statutes of limitations; convention files (1953-1986); financial records (1926-1988); public relations files (1947-1989), including working files for council publications; membership rosters and forms (1919-1977); photographs and slides (1971-1984) 

Historic American Buildings Survey

The Historic American Buildings Survey, begun in 1933, employed photographers, architects and draftsmen under Federal relief programs to make drawings and photographs of historic American buildings. In 1934, the program became permanent through an agreement between the Library of Congress and the American Institute of Architects, administered by the National Park Service. 

Measured drawings and photographs (1934) of ante-bellum residential and institutional buildings in Alabama, from Burkhardt's files as director of the Alabama project, Historic American Buildings Survey; and photocopies of drawings of Alabama buildings held by the Library of Congress. Also in the collection are copies of Alabama photographs from the Historic American Buildings Survey office files from the 1930s-1960s.

The survey of Alabama buildings in 1934 was supervised by Dr. Walter E. Burkhardt, Professor of Architecture at Auburn University. 

Historic Chattahoochee Commission

In 1974, the Historic Chattahoochee Commission's Board of Directors approved a project proposal to identify and record endangered historic structures in the Chattahoochee Valley. Sidney R. Mullen was retained to draw scaled elevations, floor plans, and interior and exterior details, and George R. McGlaun, Jr., was retained to take photographs. 

Oversize transparencies (1976-1977) of scaled elevations, floor plans, and exterior and interior details, some mounted on poster board for display; and photographs of structures and of exterior and interior details.

Published as: "The Architectural Legacy of the Lower Chattahoochee Valley in Alabama and Georgia," [University]: Published for the Historic Chattahoochee Commission by the University of Alabama Press, 1978. 

List of structures available in repository.