T. C. Howard Papers on Synergetics 1956-1990

Summary
Contents
Names/subjects
Using these materials
Creator
Howard, T. C. (Thomas C.)
Size
22 linear feet (3 oversize flat boxes, 8 tubes, 30 flat folders)
Call number
MC 00565
Access to materials

This collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice.

The T. C. Howard Papers on Synergetics consist of architectural drawings and related documentation on some Synergetics (as well as Charter Industries, Inc.) projects throughout the United States and abroad from 1956 to 1990. Among the drawings and records are plans for geodesic and other domes in North Carolina, New York, 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 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- ) was the designer, architect, and engineer for Synergetics 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 consist of architectural drawings and related documentation on some Synergetics (as well as Charter Industries, Inc.) projects throughout the United States and abroad from 1956 to 1990. Among the drawings and records are plans for geodesic and other domes in North Carolina, New York, 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 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], T. C. Howard Papers on Synergetics, MC 00565, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gift of Thomas C. Howard, 2015 (Accession 2015.0166 and 2015.0276)

Processing information

Processed by: Gwynn Thayer and Jessica Serrao, August 2015; machine-readable finding aid by: Gwynn Thayer and Jessica Serrao, August 2015.

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)
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 1963-1966 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 26
NY Worlds' Fair - Electric Power & Light Exhibit 1963-1966 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 27
NY Worlds' Fair - Electric Power & Light Exhibit 1963-1966 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 28
NY Worlds' Fair - Electric Power & Light Exhibit 1963-1966 (2015.0166)
Flat folder 29
NY Worlds' Fair - Electric Power & Light Exhibit 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

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], T. C. Howard Papers on Synergetics, MC 00565, 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.