William Waldo Dodge Papers 1916-1995

Creators
Dodge, William Waldo, 1895-1971; Dodge, William Waldo, III, 1928-2014
Size
153 linear feet
Call number
MC 00372

The William Waldo Dodge Papers, 1916-1995, document the professional activities of architects William Waldo Dodge, Jr., William Waldo Dodge III, and their firms. The collection consists of project drawings, project files, and reference materials. Drawings are of architectural design projects and include site plans, floor plans, elevations, detail drawings, and sketches. Project files include specification manuals, reports, studies, and other material. Reference materials include design competition manuals, design guidelines, specification standards, and other publications in architectural design.

William Waldo Dodge, Jr. (1895-1971) was an American architect and World War I veteran. He settled in Asheville, North Carolina in 1923 and practiced architecture, designing residences and French style shops for several decades. In 1940, he founded the firm Six Associates with several partner architects and engineers. He resumed his private practice a few years later. Dodge, Jr., retired from practice in 1958. He died on February 21, 1971.

William Waldo Dodge III, the son of Dodge, Jr., practiced architecture in Raleigh, North Carolina. He received his architectural education at North Carolina State University.

Biographical/historical note

William Waldo Dodge, Jr. (1895-1971) was an American architect and silversmith. Dodge, Jr. was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. However, before completing his degree Dodge, Jr. enlisted to serve in World War I. Having sustained injuries during the war, he was sent to Oteen Veteran's Administration Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina for treatment. As part of his rehabilitation, Dodge, Jr. learned the art of silversmithing from an occupational therapist named Margaret Wheeler Robinson. The two married in 1921 and settled in Asheville. In 1923, Dodge, Jr. began practicing architecture, designing private residences and French style shops. He formed the firm Six Associates, Inc. in 1940 with several partner Asheville architects and engineers. In 1946, he resumed his private practice focusing primarily on renovations and additions to existing buildings. He retired from practice in 1958 and died on February 21, 1971.

William Waldo Dodge III (1928-2014), the son of Dodge, Jr., practiced architecture in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was born in Asheville, N.C. and studied architecture at North Carolina State University. His practice focused on the restoration and renovation of established buildings. He was a partner in the firms Dodge and Beckwith, Dodge and Associates, and Dodge and Amann Architecture.

Scope/content

The William Waldo Dodge Papers, 1916-1995, document the professional activities of architects William Waldo Dodge, Jr., William Waldo Dodge III, and their firms. The collection consists of project drawings, project files, and reference materials. Drawings are of architectural design projects and include site plans, floor plans, elevations, detail drawings, and sketches. Project files consist of specification manuals, reports, studies, and other material related to design projects. The majority of files are of Dodge III; included are a small number of files of Dodge, Jr. Reference materials include design competition manuals, design guidelines, and specification standards and other publications in architectural design.

Projects of Dodge, Jr. and his firms consist largely of private residences, including those situated in the Biltmore Forest community in Ashville, North Carolina. Other projects include private businesses and shops. Projects are concentrated in Asheville, North Carolina. The drawings of are primarily of the later career of Dodge, Jr.

Projects of Dodge III and his firms consist largely of additions and renovations to established buildings. They include private residences, civic buildings, commercial buildings, schools and universities, and churches. Projects are those undertaken by the firms Dodge and Associates, Dodge and Beckwith, Dodge and Amann Architecture, and by Dodge III during the course of his private practice. Projects undertaken by Dodge and Associates include structures of well-known universities such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. Projects by Dodge and Beckwith include buildings for the state of North Carolina such as the restoration of the State Capitol building and North Carolina Prison Department facilities. Works are concentrated in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Physical description

196 tubeboxes, 188 tubes, 32 document cases, 7 flat folders

Arrangement

This collection is organized into three series:

  • Series 1. Project Drawings
  • Series 2. Project Files
  • Series 3. Reference Materials

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], William Waldo Dodge Papers, MC 00372, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Other finding aid

This collection contains drawings for other buildings and projects. For a complete list, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Thomas L. Amann, 2010 (Accession 2010.0129).

Processing information

Processed by Todd Kosmerick, 2011 April; finding aid written by Todd Kosmerick, 2011 April. Processed by Jay Chang, 2011 December; finding aid written by Jay Chang, 2011 December.

Sponsor

This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.

The collection is organized into three principal series:

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Waldo Dodge Papers, MC 00372, 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.