James Fitzgibbon Papers 1948-2003

Summary
Contents
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Using these materials
Creator
Fitzgibbon, James (James Walter), 1915-1985
Size
5.65 linear feet (5 flat folders, 2 tubes, 1 half box, 1 box, 2 oversize flat boxes)
Call number
MC 00381

The James Fitzgibbon Papers includes architect and North Carolina State University School of Design professor James Fitzgibbon’s architectural drawings for the Ralph Fadum House of Raleigh, North Carolina, the George W. Paschal House, also of Raleigh, the Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Daniel House of Knoxville, Tennessee, and photographs and study models from his time working at Synergetics Inc. The collection includes color spot sketches of the exterior; site plans; working drawings; floor plans; shop drawings and blueprints and two undated drawings (1 sketch of interior elevation and 1 floor plan of 617 Kirby Street, Raleigh, North Carolina.); photographs by Joseph Molitor of the Fadum House; two models of the Globe Playhouse; photographs of study models and articles.

James Walter Fitzgibbon (1915-1985) helped found the School of Design at North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University) in 1948. Fitzgibbon was hired as the associate architect for campus planning during the School of Design’s inception. He also served as a professor of architecture at North Carolina State College from 1948 to 1953. Fitzgibbon later served as president of Synergetics Inc., an association of Raleigh architects and engineers, before taking a position with Washington University in St. Louis. Fitzgibbon returned to the School of Design in 1967, serving for one year.

Biographical/historical note

James Walter Fitzgibbon (1915-1985) helped found the School of Design at North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University) in 1948. Fitzgibbon was hired as the associate architect for campus planning during the School of Design's inception. He also served as an architectural professor at North Carolina State College from 1948 to 1953.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Fitzgibbon received his bachelor of architecture in 1938 from Syracuse University, where he won the Gifford Design Prize. In 1940, Fitzgibbon received his masters of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. There he won the Warren Prize design competition and was a finalist in the Rome Prize competition. He worked as the associate architect for campus planning at the University of Oklahoma prior to joining Henry Kamphoefner to establish the School of Design at North Carolina State College. Fitzgibbon later served as president of Synergetics Inc., an association of Raleigh architects and engineers, before taking a position with Washington University in St. Louis. Fitzgibbon returned to the School of Design in 1967, serving for one year.

Ralph Fadum was Dean of Engineering from 1962 to 1978 at North Carolina State University. His home is located at 3056 Granville Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1993, Fadum had the home placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is also known as the Nancy Fields Fadum House.

The Daniel House is one of Fitzgibbon's most famous designs. The home was designed and built in the late 1940s in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Scope/content

The James Fitzgibbon contains architect and North Carolina State College School of Design professor James Fitzgibbon’s architectural drawings for the Ralph Fadum House of Raleigh, North Carolina, the George W. Paschal House, also of Raleigh, and the Robert W. Daniel House of Knoxville, Tennessee. The collection includes color spot sketches of the exterior of the Fadum House, 1949-1950; as well as architectural drawings of site plans, including elevation details; working drawings of the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, balcony; floor plans for the main and second floors; and shop drawing of the living room and dining room cabinets, vents and outlets, waterlines, detail of the stairway and fireplace, eave and gutter downspouts, and framing details. Some of these were drawn by Duncan R. Stuart (also of NC State's School of Design). There are blueprints of the main floor of the Fadum House as well as site and elevation blueprints. Also included are ten photographs of the Fadum House by Joseph Molitor. Finally, the collection contains exterior and elevation blueprints of the Robert Daniel House and blueprints of probably the full set of working drawings for the George W. Paschal House, as well as reproductions of possibly a rendering of the house as well as two undated drawings (1 sketch of interior elevation and 1 floor plan of 617 Kirby Street, Raleigh, North Carolina.)

Custodial history

Drawings of the Fadum House and Daniel Residence were transferred from NCSU's Gregg Museum of Art and Design in 2008. The materials were originally given to the Gregg Museum in 1993-1994 by Nancy Fields Fadum. Drawings of the George W. Paschal Residence were given to the NCSU Libraries by the Paschal family. Joseph Molitor photographs of the Fadum House were transferred from the Gregg Museum in 2015.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by project.

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.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James Fitzgibbon Papers, MC 00381, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Transferred by Gregg Museum of Art and Design, 2008 September 11 (Accession 2008.0211), and gift of the Paschal family, 2011 May (Accession 2011.0081). Gift of Paschal family, April 2013 (Accession 2013.0099); Transfer from the Gregg Museum, December 2015 (Accession 2015.0302); Transfer from the Gregg Museum, May 2017 (Accession 2017.0139); Transfer from the College of Design, 2019 January (Accession 2019.0026)

Processing information

Processed by Emily Fisher, 2008 September and Todd Kosmerick, 2011 May

Encoded by Emily Fisher, 2008 September

Finding aid updated to reflect addtions to the collection by Todd Kosmerick and Judy Allen Dodson, 2011-2019

Finding aid updated to reflect additions to the collection by Oliver Robinson, 2019 June.

Sponsor

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

617 Kirby Street undated (Accession 2011.0143)

Sketch of interior elevation

Raleigh (N.C.)
Half box 1, Folder 1
617 Kirby Street undated (Accession 2011.0143)

Sketch of floor plan

Raleigh (N.C.)
Half box 1, Folder 2
Around the Globe magazine Autumn 1996 1996
Box 3, Folder 12
Daniel, (Mr. and Mrs. Robert W.) residence 1949-1950 (Accession 2008.0211)

Reproductions

Tube 1
Daniel residence - Fine Home Building Article 1986
Box 3, Folder 6
Fadum House (Accession 2008.0211)

Color sketches

Flat folder 1
Fadum House (Accession 2008.0211)

Reproductions

Tube 1
Fadum House (Accession 2008.0211)

Working drawings

Flat folder 2
Fadum House: Plantings and Perspective Circa 1950 (Accession 2019.0026)
Tube 3
James and Margaret Fitzgibbon Obituaries 1985, 1999
Box 3, Folder 9
Joseph Molitor Photographs of the Fadum House (10) and Presentation Drawing of the Fadum House 1951 (2015.0302)
Oversize flat box 2
News and Observer Article 1963
Box 3, Folder 7
Paschal (George W.) residence 1949 (Accession 2011.0081)

Reproductions of rendering

Tube 2
Paschal (George W.) residence 1949 (Accession 2011.0081)

Reproductions

Flat folder 3
Paschal House drawings circa 1948-1952 (2013.0099)

Original should not be used; item is fragile. Researchers may request to view the digitized version in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Flat folder 4
Paschal House, 3334 Alamance Drive, Christmas Card Blueprints (2013.0099)
Half box 1, Folder 3
Paschal House Architectural Blueprints and Drawings 1949 (2013.0099)
Flat folder 5
Personal Photographs undated
Box 3, Folder 1
Shakespeare's Theatre the Globe Playhouse undated
Box 3, Folder 8
South Carolina Magazine, Architectural issue January 1953 (2017.0139)
Half box 1, Folder 4
Synergetics Inc. Portfolio undated
Box 3, Folder 5
Synergetics - Study Models undated
Box 3, Folder 3
Synergetics - The Climatron undated
Box 3, Folder 2
Synergetics - The Tower of Light 1964
Box 3, Folder 4
Synergetics and related unprocessed materials 1948-2000
Box 3
The Globe Playhouse - A reconstruction diecut paper press-out model (Two Models) 1980
Oversize flat box 4
The Globe Playhouse - Costs 2001-2003
Box 3, Folder 10
The Banquet Hall Theater by James Fitzgibbon 1978
Box 3, Folder 11

Access to the collection

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Mailing address:
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Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James Fitzgibbon Papers, MC 00381, 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.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.