Frank Harmon Papers 1961-2019

Summary
Contents
Names/subjects
Using these materials
Creator
Harmon, Frank
Size
274.5 linear feet (176 boxes, 22 legal boxes, 7 half boxes, 4 flat boxes, 24 oversize boxes, 2 CD boxes, 1 reel box, 448 tubes, 90 flat folders, 1 carton); 2 websites
Call number
MC 00451
Access to materials

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files will be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room upon request.

The Frank Harmon Papers, 1961-2019, document the professional activities of Harmon and his architectural firm. The collection is arranged into eight series: Project Files, Drawings, Photographs, Architectural Models, Office Files, Digital Media, Harwell Hamilton Harris Files, and Web Content. Project files include correspondence with clients. Architectural drawings include iterations of designs, as well as final construction documents. Photographs document the construction process. Article files concern Harmon’s publications. Models exist for a limited number of projects. Web content contains the official website of Harmon's firm and a Tumblr collecting sketches and other materials by Frank Harmon. Also included in the collection are architectural drawings by Harmon's close friend, architect Harwell Hamilton Harris, and files from Jean Murray Bangs Harris.

Frank Harmon is a renowned modernist architect in Raleigh, North Carolina, and attended North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (later North Carolina State University) School of Design from 1959 to 1962. Later, he taught at his alma mater for more than 20 years. Born in Georgia in 1941, Harmon was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. After attending NCSU, he went on to graduate from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, England, in 1967. He stayed in London for 11 years, beginning his first practice there. From 1979 to 1981, Harmon was a visiting professor at Auburn University’s School of Architecture and Fine Arts. In 1981, he established his own firm in Raleigh, North Carolina: Frank Harmon Architect. Since 1992, his firm has won more professional association design awards than any firm in North Carolina for both residential and commercial projects. In 1995, the firm was awarded the Kamphoefner Prize for innovative modern design over a ten- year period. Harmon became an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellow in 1988. In 2005 Residential Architect named the company Firm of the Year.

Biographical/historical note

Frank Harmon is a renowned modernist architect in Raleigh, North Carolina and attended North Carolina State University (NCSU) School of Design from 1959 to 1962. Later, he taught at his alma mater for over 20 years. Born in Georgia in 1941, Harmon was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. After attending NCSU, he went on to graduate from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, England, in 1967. He stayed in London for 11 years, beginning his first practice there. From 1979 to 1981, Harmon was a visiting professor at Auburn University’s School of Architecture and Fine Arts. In 1981, he established his own firm in Raleigh, North Carolina: Frank Harmon Architect. Since 1992, his firm has won more professional association design awards than any firm in North Carolina for both residential and commercial projects. In 1995, the firm was awarded the Kamphoefner Prize for innovative modern design over a 10 year period. Harmon became an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellow in 1988. In 2005 Residential Architect named the company Firm of the Year.

Award-winning projects include the following: the Rake and Hoe Utility Storage Building (Raleigh, which Time gave a Ten Best Building Award in 1988), the NC Pottery Center (Seagrove, North Carolina, which Architectural Record gave a Small Museums recognition in 1999), the Taylor Vacation House (Abacos Islands, Bahamas, which Residential Architect named House of The Year in 2003), the Blacksmith Studio at Penland School of Arts and Crafts (which Business Week/Architectural Record gave an International Honor Award in 2004), and the Lowcountry Residence (Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, which the national AIA gave a Housing Award in 2009). In 2008, Harmon won the national design competition for the AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Raleigh.

Scope/content

The Frank Harmon Papers, 1961-2019, document the professional activities of Harmon and his architectural firm. The collection is arranged into eight series: Project Files, Drawings, Photographs, Architectural Models, Office Files, Digital Media, Harwell Hamilton Harris Files, and Web Content. Project files include correspondence with clients. Architectural drawings include iterations of designs, as well as final construction documents. Photographs document the construction process. Article files concern Harmon’s publications. Models exist for a limited number of projects. Web content contains the official website of Harmon's firm and a Tumblr collecting sketches and other materials by Frank Harmon. Also included in the collection are architectural drawings by Harmon's close friend, architect Harwell Hamilton Harris, and files from Jean Murray Bangs Harris.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into eight series: Project Files, Drawings, Photographs, Architectural Models, Office Files, Digital Media, Harwell Hamilton Harris Files, Web Content.

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], Frank Harmon Papers, MC 00451, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Gift of Frank Harmon, 2012-2018 (Accession nos. 2012.0172, 2012.0216, 2012.0270, 2012.0285, 2012.0296, 2014.0005, 2015.0066, 2016.0002, 2016.0033, 2016.0081, 2016.0102, 2017.0178, 2018.0151). Web content harvested using the Internet Archive's Archive-It services.

Processing information

Processed by Todd Kosmerick and Yona Owens, 2012 August-December; machine-readable finding aid by Todd Kosmerick and Yona Owens, 2012 September-December; digital materials processed by Jessica Rayman, 2016 May; finding aid updated by Taylor de Klerk and Jessica Serrao, 2018 August. Archived web content Processed by Liz Bell 2019 June.

Access to the collection

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files will be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room upon request.

For more information contact us via mail, phone, or our web form.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frank Harmon Papers, MC 00451, 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.