Edwin F. Harris Papers 1958-2014

Creator
Harris, Edwin F., 1934-
Size
21 linear feet
Call number
MC 00258

The collection contains drawings made by Edwin F. Harris for architectural projects and competitions unrelated to North Carolina State University from 1958 to 1989, as well as correspondence and some submission information for competitions. The collection reflects Harris’s creativity with a number of different proposals including the Salubrium mental health clinic drawings, a design for Rainbow Plaza at Niagara Falls, work for a site located between the Nantahala River and Old Highway 64 north of Brasstown, North Carolina, a campus design for the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and his proposal for the North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Highway Memorial, among others. The collection addition has not yet been fully processed but includes, in part, materials on Harris's consulting work and campus planning projects, including NC State's Centennial Campus.

Edwin F. Harris graduated from North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University) with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture in 1957. He returned the College as a lecturer in the School of Design in 1961 and joined the planning department in 1966. He was quickly promoted to the director of facilities planning and served in that capacity for more than two decades.

Biographical/historical note

Edwin F. Harris, nicknamed "Abie," was born January 7, 1934, in Elkin, North Carolina. He graduated from high school in 1952 and enrolled at the North Carolina State College, School of Design (later North Carolina State University, College of Design) to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in architecture. He graduated with honors in 1957. Harris was awarded a fellowship to travel to Paris in 1958, which he used in 1960 after a period of Army service. After returning from Paris, he worked for a Raleigh architecture firm and became a lecturer at the School of Design. In 1966, Harris joined the campus planning department and was quickly promoted to director of facilities planning. Although he was also an avid runner, Harris spent much of his spare time participating in design competitions and serving as a consultant on various projects. His honors include the grand prize in a planning competition for the University of Miami in 1986, election as American Institute of Architects Fellow in 1987, and the 9th Annual Frank B. Turner Award in 1991.

Scope/content

The collection contains drawings made by Edwin F. Harris for architectural projects and competitions unrelated to North Carolina State University from 1958 to 1989, as well as correspondence and some submission information for competitions. The collection reflects Harris’s creativity with a number of different proposals including the Salubrium mental health clinic drawings, a design for Rainbow Plaza at Niagara Falls, work for a site located between the Nantahala River and Old Highway 64 north of Brasstown, North Carolina, a campus design for the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and his proposal for the North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Highway Memorial, among others. The collection addition has not yet been fully processed but includes, in part, materials on Harris's consulting work and campus planning projects, including NC State's Centennial Campus.

Physical description

1 legal box; 9 cartons; 1 tube; 6 flatfolders

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically. Original folder titles have been retained. The number in parenthesis following the title indicates number of drawings the folder contains as noted on original folders. The addition to this collection has not yet been fully processed.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edwin F. Harris Papers, MC 00258, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Donated by Edwin F. Harris, Jr., 1999; Gift of Edwin F. Harris, 2015 (Accession 2015.0040)

Processing information

Processed by Kellie Strickland, 2008 March

Encoded by Kellie Strickland, 2008 March

Paris Prize-Cultural Center (10) 1958
Legal box 1, Folder 1
Mastic Tile-School (32) 1960
Legal box 1, Folder 2
Mastic Tile-Hospital (17) 1961
Legal box 1, Folder 3
1000 Oaks Competition (20) 1969
Legal box 1, Folder 4
Clinic (10) 1971
Legal box 1, Folder 5
Rainbow Plaza Competition (84) 1972
Legal box 1, Folder 6
Casa Shugart (16) 1977
Legal box 1, Folder 7
HC (52) 1978
Legal box 1, Folder 8
Miami (21) 1981
Legal box 1, Folder 9
ASFA (44) 1985
Legal box 1, Folder 10
NC Vietnam Memorial Competition (66) 1986
Legal box 1, Folder 11
Leesburg (133) 1987
Legal box 1, Folder 12
Clemson Project (80) 1989
Legal box 1, Folder 13
Student work from Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, dorm on a sloping site 1959
Tube 1
Competitions; Conferences; New York trip; Raleigh personal, outreach, and school; Exhibit, Columbia University bulk 1990-1999 (2015.0040)
Carton 2
Private house design; Architecture work; Ottawa conference; Guiliford College (2015.0040)
Carton 3
Rudat Urban Design assisting team; Charlotte; AUA (2015.0040)
Carton 4
Architect selection and NC Biotechnology Center bulk 1987-1994 (2015.0040)
Carton 5
Wake Forest Master Plan bulk 1985-1999 (2015.0040)
Carton 7
Fellowship Application; Design Awards; Design School, 1987 class; Lectures (2015.0040)
Carton 8
Professional/Personal; Wake Tech project (2015.0040)
Carton 9
Architecture projects; Misc. records; NC State bulk 1983-2006 (2015.0040)
Carton 10
Penland bulk 1998-2000 (2015.0040)
Flat folder 1
Caminos Cuba (1960); University of Virginia Poster; Unidentified Drawing (France) (2015.0040)
Flat folder 2
NC State (2015.0040)
Flat folder 3
Wake Forest; Raleigh Charter H. S.; Wiley; Meredith College; AMS; Harris Building Elkin (2015.0040)
Flat folder 4
Wake Tech Community College, NE Campus, w/NBBJ 1998 (2015.0040)
Flat folder 5
Consulting work (2015.0040)
Carton 6
NC State Centennial Campus bulk 2002-2003 (2015.0040)
Flat folder 6
Ink drawing of Lisle-sur-Tarn 1958-09-12 (2015.0059)
Flat folder 7

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edwin F. Harris Papers, MC 00258, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.