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Earle Sumner Draper papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS0285

Scope and Contents

Materials documenting the life and career of Earle Sumner Draper, a landscape architect who was involved in several development projects in Charlotte, including Eastover, Myers Park, and Queens Road West. Contains news clippings; biographical materials; and reports and a videotape regarding Draper's career by Charles E. Aguar, professor emeritus of the University of Georgia's School of Environmental Design.

Dates

  • 1972 - 2001

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use. Please contact Special Collections to request the creation of use copies for particular items; requests will be accommodated when possible. The remaining materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Earle Sumner Draper was born in 1893 in Falmouth, Massachusetts and graduated from Massachusetts Agricultural College (now the University of Massachusetts) in 1915. After graduation he worked with John Nolen, a noted city planner, and under Nolen assisted in the development of Myers Park in Charlotte, N.C. He started his own firm in 1917 with offices in Charlotte and Atlanta, and worked on a wide variety of projects, though his specialty was residential housing development. Draper served as a consultant and visiting professor at the Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture in 1931 and at the Harvard School of Landscape Architecture in 1932. In 1933 he joined the Tennessee Valley Authority, and during his seven-year association with the TVA was involved in the improvement of over 100 communities. In 1940, he was appointed as assistant administrator of the Federal Housing Administration by President Roosevelt, and subsequently was promoted as chief administrator of the agency by President Truman. Upon his departure, Draper returned to private practice and retired in 1964 after almost 50 years of professional practice.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Overview

Contains news clippings; biographical materials; and reports and a videotape regarding Draper's career by Charles E. Aguar, professor emeritus of the University of Georgia's School of Environmental Design.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Charles E. Aguar, professor emeritus, University of Georgia School of Environmental Design, and Earle S. Draper, Jr., 1999.

Related Materials

Survey and research report on the Earle Sumner Draper House, 1983 Dec. 7 (Manuscript 077 D737) Harold B. Bursley Papers, MS110.

Processing Information

Processed by James P. Kusik, 2001.
Title
Earle Sumner Draper papers
Status
Incomplete
Author
James P. Kusik
Date
2001
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Contact:
Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated