T.C. Howard Papers on Synergetics, Inc. 1952-1990

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Creator
Howard, T. C. (Thomas C.)
Size
22.25 linear feet (3 oversize flat boxes, 8 tubes, 30 flat folders, 1 half box)
Call number
MC 00565
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The T. C. Howard Papers on Synergetics, Inc. consist of architectural drawings and related documentation on some Synergetics, Inc. (as well as Charter Industries, Inc.) projects throughout the United States and abroad from 1952 to 1990. Among the drawings and records are plans for geodesic and other domes in North Carolina, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Afghanistan. The architectural drawings showcase dome engineering, such as geodesic domes, octetrusses, and Charter-Sphere Domes.

Thomas C. Howard (1931- ) was the designer, architect, and engineer for Synergetics, Inc. from 1955 until 2006. In 1958 Howard graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in nuclear engineering. He became a registered architect in North Carolina in 1958.

Biographical/historical note

Thomas C. Howard (1931-2022) was the designer, architect, and engineer for Synergetics, Inc. from 1955 until 2006. In 1958 Howard graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in nuclear engineering. He became a registered architect in North Carolina in 1958.

Synergetics, Inc., was an architecture and engineering firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The company was originally established by R. Buckminster Fuller, James Fitzgibbon, and T. C. Howard in 1955. Fuller was honorary president from 1955-1958. Fitzgibbon managed the company until 1968, and was president from 1959-1968. T. C. Howard became President of the company in 1968. The company designed and constructed commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. Among the structures designed or constructed by Synergetics are the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the Churchill Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair (now the Queens Zoo Aviary), and the Tower of Light at the 1964 World's Fair. Synergetics closed in 2006.

Charter Industries, Inc. manufactured, leased, and sold Charter-Sphere Domes. T. C. Howard was the Vice President. Pete Barnwell was the President.

Scope/content

The T. C. Howard Papers on Synergetics, Inc. consist of architectural drawings and related documentation on some Synergetics, Inc. (as well as Charter Industries, Inc.) projects throughout the United States and abroad from 1952 to 1990. Among the drawings and records are plans for geodesic and other domes in North Carolina, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Afghanistan. The architectural drawings showcase dome engineering, such as geodesic domes, octetrusses, and Charter-Sphere Domes.

Arrangement

This collection has not yet received full archival processing. Materials are arranged in the order received.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NC State University Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NC State University 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], T.C. Howard Papers on Synergetics, Inc., MC 00565, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Gift of Thomas C. Howard, 2015 (Accession 2015.0166 and 2015.0276); Gift of Katrina Fairley, 2022 (Accession 2022.0106)

Processing information

Processed by: Gwynn Thayer and Jessica Serrao, August 2015; machine-readable finding aid by: Gwynn Thayer and Jessica Serrao, August 2015; Updated by Hailey Mandel September 2022.

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The collection is organized into three principal series:

Poliedro de Caracas 1971-1973 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 1
Poliedro de Caracas 1971-1973 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 2
Poliedro de Caracas 1971-1973 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 3
Poliedro de Caracas 1971-1973 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 4
Poliedro de Caracas 1971-1973 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 5
Aviary-Queens Zoo, New York World's Fair Pavilion Dome 1967 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 6
ASM HQ Dome, Geodesic, 277 feet in diameter 1958 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 7
ASM HQ Dome, Geodesic, 277 feet in diameter 1958 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 8
Dome for Afghanistan, Bangkok Exhibition, and Center Mid-America Jubilee (St. Louis) - Office of International Trade Fairs, U.S. Department of Commerce 1956 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 9
MOMA, Octetruss, Fuller Exhibit Project 1959 (2015.0166)

After review, access to the digital copies may be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room upon request.

The Special Collections Research Center, NC State University Libraries, has digital copies of some or all of these materials.

Flat folder 10
Geodesic Gyms - Statesville Rd. Jr. H.S., Charlotte, NC and Bethesda High 1961 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 11
Douglas Fir Plywood Association, Plywood Square Modular Dome, 60 ft sq 1961 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 12
The Gillmore Olson Co. Octetruss, Cleveland, Ohio, 100' x 100' 1958 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 13
The Gillmore Olson Co. Octetruss, Cleveland, Ohio, 100' x 100' 1958 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 14
Bridge City, J.W. Fitzgibbon, David Sides, New York 1960 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 15
Bridge City, J.W. Fitzgibbon, David Sides, New York 1960 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 16
Ohio (Cleveland State University) 1971 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 17
Study for Geodesic Dome - covered athletic stadium 1960 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 17
Synergetics & Charter Industries items, misc. 1983-1984 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 18
South Carolina Tricentennial - Charles Towne Landing, Charleston, SC 1968-1970 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 19
South Carolina Tricentennial - Charles Towne Landing, Charleston, SC 1968-1970 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 20
South Carolina Tricentennial - Charles Towne Landing, Charleston, SC 1968-1970 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 21
South Carolina Tricentennial - Charles Towne Landing, Charleston, SC 1968-1970 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 22
South Carolina Tricentennial - Charles Towne Landing, Charleston, SC 1968-1970 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 23
South Carolina Tricentennial - Charles Towne Landing, Charleston, SC 1968-1970 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 24
South Carolina Tricentennial - Charles Towne Landing, Charleston, SC 1968-1970 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 25
NY Worlds' Fair - Electric Power & Light Exhibit (Tower of Light) 1963-1966 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 26
NY Worlds' Fair - Electric Power & Light Exhibit (Tower of Light) 1963-1966 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 27
NY Worlds' Fair - Electric Power & Light Exhibit (Tower of Light) 1963-1966 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 28
NY Worlds' Fair - Electric Power & Light Exhibit (Tower of Light) 1963-1966 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 29
NY Worlds' Fair - Electric Power & Light Exhibit (Tower of Light) 1963-1966 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 30
Charter Industries, 100 ft Diameter Charter Sphere Dome, modifications for lease to Ohio Bell Co. July 1971 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 1
Saudi Arabia Project - 100 ft Low Profile Charter-Sphere July 1977 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 2
100 ft S.P. Charter-Sphere, Moultrie, Georgia 1983 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 3
100 ft Diameter S.P. Charter-Sphere Dome, North Carolina State Fair Lease 1976-1981 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 3
Ohio Bell Tel. for Ohio State Fair 1972 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 3
Charter Industries, 100 ft Diameter Charter Sphere Dome for Rohm & Haas Co., exhibit at Central Park, New York City October 1969 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 3
80 ft Diameter Charter Sphere Dome (Open Pavilion) for Ford Motor Co., Dulles Airport 1972 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 4
80 ft Diameter L.P. Charter-Sphere, Florida State Fair, Tampa, Florida 1976 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 4
80 ft L.P. Charter-Sphere for North Carolina State Fiar 1975 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 4
Charter Industries, Masters 1978 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 5
Charter Industries, 100 ft Diameter Charter Sphere Dome, Rohm & Haas 1969-1975 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 6
120 ft Diameter Charter Sphere, Low Profile Dome, work sheets 1973-1992 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 7
120 ft L.P. Charter-Sphere for Port Canaveral 1990 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 7
NASA Press Building Dome 1982 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 7
120 ft L.P. Charter-Sphere for Dallas, Texas Lease 1980 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 7
120 ft L.P. Charter-Sphere for Northrop Paris Air Show Dome 1979 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 7
120 ft L.P. Charter-Sphere for NASA Expo 1976 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 1, Folder 7
80 ft Diameter Charter Sphere Domes for Canadian Government January 1971 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 2, Folder 1
80 ft S.P. Charter Sphere Dome, NASA 1999 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 2, Folder 1
80 ft S.P. Charter-Sphere for North Carolina State Fair 1980 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 2, Folder 1
Cleveland State University, Charter Vault Modifications October 1971 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 2, Folder 2
120 ft Diameter Charter Sphere Dome for USIA Exhibition in Russia 1971-1972 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 2, Folder 3
80 ft Charter-Sphere, Canadian Dome 1971 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 3
Assorted materials, including Fitzgibbon's Bridge City Project photographs and related materials (MOMA exhibit); photographs of Design students working on geodesic textile mill; and other projects 1959-1960 (2015.0166, 2015.0276)
Oversize box 3
120 ft S.P. Charter-Sphere, USIA Transpo '72 1972 (2015.0166)
Oversize box 3
Erie County, Geodesic dome, 860 ', went to bid process 1970 (2015.0166)
Tube 1
Queens Zoo Aviary, New York World's Fair Pavilion Dome 1964 (2015.0166)
Tube 2
Poliedro de Caracas, 1971-1973 (2015.0166)
Tube 3
Paris proposal with Howard Garriss ("Consultation internationale pour l'amenagement du Quartier des halles Paris, vue perspective") (2015.0166)
Tube 4
Paris proposal with Howard Garriss ("Consultation internationale pour l'amenagement du Quartier des halles Paris, vue perspective") (2015.0166)
Tube 5
America Now Exhibition USIA, 1978 (2015.0166)
Tube 6
American Now Exhibition, USIA, 1978 (2015.0166)
Tube 7
Queens Zoo Aviary, New York World's Fair Pavilion Dome, 1964 (2015.0166)
Tube 8
Paris proposal with Howard Garriss ("Consultation internationale pour l'amenagement du Quartier des halles Paris, vue perspective") (2015.0166)
Flat folder 31
Business Card -- T. C. Howard, President of Synergetics, Inc. undated (2022.0106)
Half box 4, Folder 1
Cleveland State University: Photo of Intramural Sports Center Dome (Charter-Vault) undated (2022.0106)
Half box 4, Folder 2
North Carolina State Alumni News, "The Fantastic World of Syneretics" 1964 (2022.0106)
Half box 4, Folder 3
120 ft. Diameter Geodesic Dome: Plans and Instructions 1963-1970 (2022.0106)
Half box 4, Folder 4
"A Manual of Mathematic Routines used in the design of Geodesic Structures" 1958 (2022.0106)
Half box 4, Folder 5
Transparencies -- Questions and Answers about Geodesic Domes undated (2022.0106)
Half box 4, Folder 6
Ford Motor Company - Rotunda Court Dome: Project Files 1952 (2022.0106)

Access to physical material and digital files not available online may be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room after staff review.

Some materials may not have been digitized or made available online.

Half box 4, Folder 7
NY Worlds' Fair - Electric Power and Light Exhibit (Tower of Light): Small Masters undated (2022.0106)
Half box 4, Folder 8
Advanced Architectural Structures II (ARC 522): Instructor's Files 1985 (2022.0106)
Half box 4, Folder 9
Slides 1973-1983 (2)
120ft Charter-Sphere and Exhibit undated (2022.0113)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-2
Arizona Trip January 1983-February 1983 (2022.0113)

Topics include Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Desert, Taliesin West, Biltmore Hotel, Civic Center in Phoenix, Solar House by FLW Foundation in Tempe, Solaries House, and Archrocinte[sp?],

Arizona
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-1
ASM Tree Testing undated (2022.0113)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-2
California Trip January 1982-March 1982 (2022.0113)

Topics include Tulare, California Farm Show and San Francisco

San Francisco (Calif.)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-1
Caracas undated (2022.0113)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-4
Casablanca Dome Tent Erection undated (2022.0113)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-2
Charleston Project Site Plan June 1969 (2022.0113)
Charleston (S.C.)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-2
Cotton Mill c. 1950s (2022.0113)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-2
Dome Erections: AFGAN Dome in Durham, Ford Rotunda Dome Erection undated (2022.0113)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-2
Europa Park April 1977 (2022.0113)
Germany
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-5
Munich Olympic Park May 1973 (2022.0113)
Germany
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-5
Office Shots of Models undated (2022.0113)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-2
Paris Trip May 1983 (2022.0113)

Topics include Paris architecture, Paris Air Show, Le Halles Area

France
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-1
Seattle Fair Pavilions and Shows 1962 (2022.0113)
Seattle (Wash.)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-2
Seville Expo '92 Trip 1992 (2022.0113)
Spain
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-4
Synergetics, Inc. General Purpose Slide Show - IRADD Model August 1992 (2022.0113)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-2
Tampa February 1977 (2022.0113)
Tampa (Fla.)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-5
T.C. Farm Bureau Model undated (2022.0113)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-4
Vacation House Model undated (2022.0113)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-4
VALRA May 1985 (2022.0113)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-3
VALRA Test-Cell: Early Work July 1985 (2022.0113)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-3
VALRA Test-Cell: Exterior June 1985 (2022.0113)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-2
VALRA Test-Cell: First Photo Session, Photos of Grid Ceiling September 1986-October 1986 (2022.0113)

Topics include: cynny looking out window, valra interior baffle, cynny+baffles, correst exposure cynny, blackout, blinds pulled, luminous grill, glee lights diffuse only, shot bowl, video day

Flat box 5, Slide box 5-3
Virginia Beach Trip and Shearon-Harris Nuclear Plant June 1985 (2022.0113)
Virginia Beach (Va.); New Hill (N.C.)
Flat box 5, Slide box 5-3
Negatives (3)
Photographs (4)
42' 1/2 sphere 2 freq.; first flying dome; 36' Marine; Card-board dome; Ford Rotunda; Aspen, Washington University, etc. undated (2022.0106)
Flat box 23
84' Milan; Kendall greenhouse; Shoppersville model; Century21 model; miscellaneous photos undated (2022.0106)
Flat box 23
100-ft. with 8-ft. tripods; 114-foot erection undated (2022.0106)
Flat box 25
Afghanistan - 100-foot (Around-the-World-Dome) undated (2022.0106)
Flat box 24
Casablanca - 3 - 40' undated (2022.0106)
Flat box 21
Miscellaneous undated (2022.0106)
Flat box 22
Miscellaneous Joints, Configurations and Tests undated (2022.0106)
Flat box 25
Miscellaneous Publications - Miscellaneous U.S.I.A Wind and Anchor Tests undated (2022.0106)
Flat box 24
Octetrus - Miscellaneous and Models undated (2022.0106)
Flat box 20
Poznan, Poland - 124' - 1/3 Sphere (on tripods) undated (2022.0106)
Flat box 21
Rangoon, Burma - 114' undated (2022.0106)
Flat box 20
Rich's Dome - 36' - Atlanta undated (2022.0106)
Flat box 22
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], T.C. Howard Papers on Synergetics, Inc., MC 00565, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NC State University Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NC State University 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.