MC 00279 Guide to the Robert C. Browning Papers, 1916-1999

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Project Drawings, 1953-1996
[Flat Folder 1] American Defender Building, 1971
[Flat Folder 2] Bulk Storage Systems, 1967-1968
[Tube 3, Tube 4, Tube 5, Tube 6] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Architecture, 1966
[Tube 7, Tube 8] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Electric, 1966
[Tube 9] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Kitchen, 1966
[Tube 10, Tube 11] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Kitchen structural and parts of architecture, 1966
[Tube 13, Tube 12] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Mechanical, 1966
[Tube 16] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Plumbing, nursing home, 1953-1966
[Tube 17] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Structural, 1966
[Tube 18] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- SP drawings (#19-30), 1967-1968
[Tube 14] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Open heart recovery room (as built drawings), 1992
[Tube 15] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Penthouse renovations, north tower elevators, 1993
[Flat Folder 19] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- AHU #9 to Mammography Clinic, 1981-1994
[Flat Folder 20] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Negative Pressure Rooms to Radiology Renovations, Phase I-IV, 1981-1994
[Flat Folder 21] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Renovations 3 North to Smoke Evacuation System, Reproducibles, 1966-1994
[Flat Folder 22] Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. - Office Facility, 1981
[Tube 23, Tube 24, Tube 25] Cumberland County Hospital- Architecture, 1953
[Tube 26] Cumberland County Hospital- Electric, 1953
[Tube 27] Cumberland County Hospital- Mechanical, 1953
[Tube 28] Cumberland County Hospital- Plumbing, 1953
[Tube 29] Cumberland County Hospital- Structural, 1953
[Flat Folder 30] Jefferson-Travis Corporation, 1966
[Flat Folder 31] Johnston County Courthouse and Office Building, 1959-1960
[Flat Folder 40] Liberty Chair Company, Inc., 1965
[Flat Folder 32] Miscellaneous Drawings, 1965-1996
[Flat Folder 33] Morganite, Inc., 1966-1990
[Flat Folder 34] Rex Hospital, 1953-1971
[Flat Folder 35] Sacred Heart Cathedral, latin school, and parish buildings, 1962
[Tube 36] Southeastern Regional Rehabilitation Center - Architecture, 1974
[Tube 37] Southeastern Regional Rehabilitation Center - Electrical, plumbing, 1974
[Tube 38] Vaughan- Bassett Furniture Co.
Project Files, 1952-1997
[Legal Box 1, Folder 1] Amos Cottage Rehab Center, 1997
[Legal Box 1, Folder 2] Amos Cottage Rehab Center Photographs, 1997
[Legal Box 1, Folder 3] Campbell University - Bryan Dormitory hot water piping, electric renovation, 1996
[Legal Box 1, Folder 4] Campbell University- General, 1971-1982
[Legal Box 1, Folder 5, Legal Box 1, Folder 6] Campbell University- Keith Hills, 1976-1977
[Legal Box 2, Folder 1] Campbell University - Keith Hills sanitation sewer extension, 1996
[Legal Box 2, Folder 2] Campbell University: Layton Dormitory HVAC, 1996
[Legal Box 2, Folder 3] Campbell University - Marsh Banks Dining Hall air conditioning, 1996
[Legal Box 2, Folder 4] Campbell University - Pharmacy fume hoods, 1996
[Legal Box 2, Folder 5] Campbell University - Miscellaneous project photographs, 1971-1996
[Legal Box 2, Folder 6] Campbell University - Sanitary sewer from elementary school, 1982
[Legal Box 2, Folder 7] Campbell University - Waste water treatment plant, 1984,1986
[Legal Box 3, Folder 1] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Chest Pain Center, 1995
[Legal Box 3, Folder 2] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Computer room expansion, 1996
[Legal Box 3, Folder 3] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Darkroom and film processor ventilation, 1994
[Legal Box 3, Folder 4] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Isolation rooms, 1995
[Legal Box 3, Folder 5] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Medical gas, 1984-1989
[Legal Box 3, Folder 7, Legal Box 3, Folder 6] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expansion, 1994
[Legal Box 4, Folder 1] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center - New medical air piping- South Tower, 1996
[Legal Box 4, Folder 2] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center - Newspaper clippings and publicity, 1982-1988
[Legal Box 4, Folder 3] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center - Proposal for OR 8 (1 of 3), 1994-1995
[Legal Box 4, Folder 4] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center - Proposal for OR 8 (2 of 3), 1994-1995
[Legal Box 4, Folder 5] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center - Proposal for OR 8 (3 of 3), 1994-1995
[Legal Box 4, Folder 6] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center - Photographs, 1981-1985
[Legal Box 4, Folder 7] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center - Radiology, ultra-sound, administrative offices, 1995
[Box 5, Folder 1] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Specifications - Cardio-Vascular Recovery Unit, 1995
[Box 5, Folder 2] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Specifications - Coronary Care Unit, 1982
[Box 5, Folder 3] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Specifications -Expansion of Short Stay, Phase I, 1987
[Box 5, Folder 4] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Specifications - Pediatrics care renovation, 1988
[Box 5, Folder 5] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Specifications - Fourth floor north wing central air conditioning, 1981
[Box 5, Folder 6] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Specifications - General Nursery renovation, 1986
[Box 5, Folder 7] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Specifications - Neonatal Nursery, 1983
[Box 6, Folder 1] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Specifications - Operating suite renovation, 1989
[Box 6, Folder 2] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Specifications - OR 8, patient services tower, 1995
[Box 6, Folder 3] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Specifications - Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, 1992
[Box 6, Folder 4] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Specifications - Radiology Renovation, Phase I, 1990
[Box 6, Folder 5] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Specifications - Radiology Renovation, Phase II, Room 6, 1991
[Box 6, Folder 6] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Specifications - Renovation of space for the C.T. scan, 1983
[Box 7, Folder 1] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Specifications - Renovation of Three North, 1982
[Box 7, Folder 2] Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Specifications - Respiratory therapy addition to Coronary Care Unit, 1982
[Legal Box 8, Folder 1, Legal Box 8, Folder 2] Elon College - energy conservation and renovation, 1981-1985
[Legal Box 8, Folder 3] Fayetteville X-Ray Associates- Billing office renovation, 1993-1995
[Legal Box 9, Folder 1] Knoxwood Hall - Long range planning study reports, 1980
[Legal Box 9, Folder 2] Marion General Hospital, 1966-1968
[Legal Box 9, Folder 3] Mayview Convalescent Center - Kitchen modifications, 1978
[Legal Box 9, Folder 4] Morehead Memorial Hospital - Air conditioning, 1967-1968
[Legal Box 9, Folder 5, Legal Box 9, Folder 6] Morganite, Inc.- Dust collector system, 1966,1986
[Legal Box 10, Folder 1] Morganite, Inc. - Dust collector system photographs, 1966,1986
[Legal Box 10, Folder 2] Morganite, Inc.- Expansion, 1984
[Legal Box 10, Folder 3] Morganite, Inc.- Lighting survey, expansion to facilities, 1985-1988
[Legal Box 10, Folder 4] Morganite, Inc. - Office building addition (1 of 3), 1978
[Legal Box 10, Folder 5] Morganite, Inc. - Office building addition (2 of 3)
[Legal Box 10, Folder 6] Morganite, Inc. - Office building addition (3 of 3)
[Legal Box 11, Folder 1] Morganite, Inc.- Special projects, 1977 - 1978
[Box 11, Folder 2] Morganite, Inc - Training center, 1991-1992
[Legal Box 11, Folder 3] North Carolina Center for World Languages and Cultures- Pfeiffer College, 1994-1995
[Legal Box 11, Folder 4] North Carolina Center for World Languages and Cultures- Photographs, 1994-1995
[Legal Box 11, Folder 5] Old Mill- Studies for Renovations - Photographs, 1990
[Legal Box 11, Folder 6] Old Rex Hospital - 40 bed patient wing, 1990
[Legal Box 11, Folder 7] Palmetto Dunes (1 of 6), 1966-1970
[Legal Box 12, Folder 1] Palmetto Dunes (2 of 6)
[Legal Box 12, Folder 2] Palmetto Dunes (3 of 6)
[Legal Box 12, Folder 3] Palmetto Dunes (4 of 6)
[Legal Box 12, Folder 4] Palmetto Dunes (5 of 6)
[Legal Box 12, Folder 5] Palmetto Dunes (6 of 6)
[Legal Box 13, Folder 1] Privateer and Spyglass Corp - wastewater treatment plant (1 of 4), 1972
[Legal Box 13, Folder 2] Privateer and Spyglass Corp - wastewater treatment plant (2 of 4)
[Legal Box 13, Flat Folder 3] Privateer and Spyglass Corp - wastewater treatment plant (3 of 4)
[Legal Box 13, Folder 4] Privateer and Spyglass Corp - wastewater treatment plant (4 of 4)
[Legal Box 13, Folder 5] Rich Line Manufacturing Co, Inc., 1966
[Legal Box 13, Folder 6] Sample Details (for piping systems)
[Legal Box 14, Folder 1] Somerset Hill, Inc. - New warehouse building (1 of 3), 1964-1973
[Legal Box 14, Folder 2] Somerset Hill, Inc. - New warehouse building (2 of 3)
[Legal Box 14, Folder 3] Somerset Hill, Inc. - New warehouse building (3 of 3)
[Legal Box 14, Folder 4] Somerset Hill, Inc. - New warehouse building photographs, 1964-1973
[Legal Box 14, Folder 6, Legal Box 14, Folder 5] Somerset Hill, Inc. - Texturizing Machines Area, 1969-1974
[Legal Box 15, Folder 2, Legal Box 15, Folder 1] Somerset Hill, Inc. - Working drawings, 1964-1974
[Legal Box 15, Folder 3] Spruce Pine Community Hospital, 1959,1967
[Legal Box 15, Folder 4] Spruce Pine Community Hospital - specifications, 1959
[Legal Box 15, Folder 5] Textiles Products Research, Inc, 1991
[Legal Box 16, Folder 1] Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co., 1969-1970
[Legal Box 16, Folder 2] Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. - New warehouse and finishing room, 1969-1970
[Legal Box 16, Folder 3] Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. - Photographs, 1969-1970
[Legal Box 16, Folder 4, Legal Box 16, Folder 5] Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. - Working drawings, 1969-1970
[Legal Box 17, Folder 1, Legal Box 17, Folder 2] Watts Hospital- electrical, air conditioning, 1968-1972
[Legal Box 17, Folder 3] Distribution Engineering Manuel- Carolina Power and Light Co., 1952
[Legal Box 17, Folder 4] Distribution Specifications- Carolina Power and Light Co., 1952
Biographical, 1950-1999
[Legal Box 18, Folder 1] Biographical and Consulting Firm, 1950-1996
[Legal Box 18, Folder 2] Engineering Field:conferences and news, 1968-1999
[Legal Box 18, Folder 3] Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Photographs, 1987
[Legal Box 18, Folder 4] Furniture Design & Manufacturing Magazine, 1963,1965
[Legal Box 18, Folder 5] North Carolina Association of Professionals, 1972-1977
[Legal Box 18, Folder 6] Presentations- Hospital Maintenance Demonstration Project, Preventative Maintenance TV segment, 1966-1969
[Oversize Flat Box 32] Diplomas and certificates, 1954-1982
Artifacts, 1950-1999
[Carton 21] Theodolite surveying instrument, 1950-1999
[Carton 34, Carton 22] Surveying instruments, 1950-1999
[Carton 35, Carton 23] Drafting tools and equipment, 1950-1999
[Oversize Flat Box 24] Boiler test kit, 1950-1999
[Oversize Flat Box 24] Drafting triangle, 1950-1999
[Carton 25] Texas Instruments SR-52 Computer and printer, 1950-1999
[Carton 25] SR-52 Computer program tabs, 1950-1999
[Oversize Box 26] HVAC test equipment, 1950-1999
[Card Box 27] Med-safe electrical safety analyzer, 1950-1999
[Card Box 27] Polar planimeter, 1950-1999
[Card Box 27] Measuring Instrument, 1950-1999
[Card Box 27] Metal thermometer, 1950-1999
[Card Box 28] Pilot tube, etc., 1950-1999
[Card Box 29] Sling psychrometer, 1950-1999
[Flat Box 29] Manuel of Structural Design, 1949
[Flat Box 29] Air pressure gauge and slide rule, 1950-1999
[Flat Box 29] Calculator instruments, 1950-1999
[Card Box 33] Velometer, 1950-1999
[Card Box 33] Chronometric tachometer, 1950-1999
[Card Box 33] Proportional dividers, 1950-1999
Project Drawings, 1916, 1934-1987
[Tube 39] Blue Ridge Parkway and Maryland Bridges
Blue Ridge Parkway, 1934-1987
[Legal Box 19, Folder 1] General Publicity, 1934-1987
[Legal Box 19, Folder 2] Grandfather Mountain Route, 1962-1966
[Legal Box 19, Folder 3] Grandfather Mountain - Topographical drawings, 1962-1966
[Legal Box 19, Folder 4] Parkway Planning, 1934-1935, 1934-1935
[Legal Box 19, Folder 5] Parkway Planning, 1937-1959, 1937-1959
[Legal Box 19, Folder 6] Pigeon River Project, 1956-1957
[Legal Box 19, Folder 7] 50th Anniversary Celebration, 1985
[Flat Folder 41] Mounted poster: Proposed scenic parkway thru North Carolina, 1934
Biographical, 1918-1970
[Legal Box 20, Folder 1] Biographical, 1916-1987
[Legal Box 20, Folder 2] Browning Knob dedication, 1970
[Legal Box 20, Folder 3] Browning Knob dedication- photographs, 1970
[Legal Box 20, Folder 4] North Carolina Department of Transportation (Highway Commission), 1925-1953
[Legal Box 20, Folder 5] North Carolina Department of Transportation- Location surveys of state highways, 1956
[Legal Box 20, Folder 6] Photographs (miscellaneous), 1934-1987
[Legal Box 20, Folder 7] World War I Engineer sketches, 1918 - 1919
[Oversize Flat Box 32] Diplomas and certificates, 1918-1957
Artifacts, 1918-1966
[Carton 30] Surveyor's transit and chain, 1918-1966
[Oversize Flat Box 31] Surveyor's tripod, 1918-1966
[Oversize Flat Box 31] Range pole-level rod, 1918-1966
[Oversize Flat Box 31] Pitot tube, 1918-1966

Creator

Browning, Robert C.

Quantity

45.0 Linear feet

Language

English

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert C. Browning in 2000 (Accession no. 2000-0007)

Processing

Processed by: Claire Ruswick; finding aid created by Claire Ruswick

Scope and Contents Note

The Robert C. Browning Papers contains material from the professional engineering work of Robert C. Browning, and his father, R. Getty Browning. Robert C. Browning's materials contain project files, drawings, project photographs, engineering instruments related to his work as a consulting engineer. The project files are a sampling of Browning's engineering projects from the 1950s until the mid-1990s. His projects are mainly located at hospitals, colleges, and warehouse facilities. The types of documents found most often in Browning's project files are notes, sketches, working drawings, specifications, correspondence, budgeting and costs, engineering standards, and equipment catalogs. The equipment catalogs were put out by the manufacturers of machines and industrial equipment that Browning either installed or considered installing in project locations. Browning's collection also contains a box of personal information. This box includes diplomas, conferences attended, papers given, and Browning's resume at various points in his career. Also included is a profile of the Robert C. Browning Consulting Firm and a projects list. Engineering drawings in the Robert Browning Collection are shop drawings or blue prints. Some are drawn in the original pencil, others are copies. Copies of drawings often contain new revisions and added notes. The drawings illustrate plans for plumbing, electrical, lighting, structural, floor plans, exhaust, air conditioning, and heating.

The Robert C. Browning Papers also include are materials from R. Getty Browning's work as Chief Locating Engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (previously named Highway Commission). Included in the collection are project files, biographical papers, and artifacts. In the project files are materials relating to Getty Browning's work in the planning and construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway. These files contain correspondence, notes, maps, sketches, photographs and publicity materials. Biographical papers include newspaper clippings, photographs and publicity created by or about Getty Browning before and after his death. Also included are papers related to his work in the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The artifacts in the collection are engineering and surveying equipment used by Getty Browning.

Biographical Note

Robert Cooper Browning (1919-2007) and his father R. (Robert) Getty Browning (1884-1966), both made their living as engineers in North Carolina. Robert C. Browning was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1919, but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1941 he graduated from NC State College (now North Carolina State University) with a degree in civil engineering. He worked as a buildings contractor for his first job. He then moved to Virginia to work for a firm which designed streets, railway yards, and storm drains. During World War II, Browning joined the US Army Corps of Engineers. In this position, from 1942 until 1945, Browning engineered and constructed hospitals in England. He also went on reconnaissance missions to survey and rebuild damaged buildings in European cities. After the war Browning came back to Raleigh and started a consulting engineering firm with partner, Charlie Landstreet. In 1956, Landstreet retired, and Browning became sole proprietor of the firm.

As a consulting engineer Browning's main services were investigations, reports, designs, supervision, and appraisals. He worked in the fields of air conditioning, plumbing, heating, electrical, communications, storm drainage, water and sewer, grading, site planning, structural, central heating plants, steam distribution systems, highway right-of way acquisition, claims investigations, and highway location. The areas where he worked included hospitals, schools, industrial plants, commercial buildings, and highways and bridges. Browning worked on several major projects, each spanning a number of years. One of these was Rex Hospital, where he consulted for 25 years. Projects included: a new electrical distribution system, central air conditioning, and the design of a 40-bed nursing wing. Another major hospital project was the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center (formerly the Cape Fear Valley Hospital) in Fayetteville where Browning worked on over 50 construction and renovation projects from the 1950s to the mid 1990s. In terms of academic buildings, Browning spent 30 years as a consulting engineer for Campbell University (formerly Campbell College) and Elon University. As an engineering profession, Browning contributed to the North Carolina engineering field, and held several leadership positions such as President of the Professional Engineers of North Carolina, President of the North Carolina Association of the Professions, President of the Triangle International Trade Association, and Vice President of the North Carolina World Trade Association.

R. Getty Browning, Robert C. Browning's father, started his engineering career in Maryland, where he designed bridges, highways and railroads. He moved to North Carolina in 1921, drawn by the start of major road construction projects in the state. This led him to a job at the Highway Commission (renamed the North Carolina Department of Transportation), where Browning worked as Chief Locating Engineer from 1925 to 1958. R. Getty Browning is best known for designing the Blue Ridge Parkway. In 1934 he lobbied for the placement of this scenic highway through western North Carolina, instead of Tennessee. Using his own knowledge of the landscape, Browning mapped out a road that would not only link the two national parks (Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains), but would be a scenic attraction in itself. From 1934 through the 1950s, Browning continued to design the route, although it would not be completed until 1987.

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