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J. Murray Howard records-addition 1

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ViU-2023-0061

Content Description

This collection, RG 31/9 (Facilities Management/ J Murray Howard records), contains correspondence, memos, reports, financial reports and budgets, receipts, work orders, architectural drawings, photographs, syllabi, slides, calendars, diaries, newsletters, publications, student theses, floppy disks, VHS tapes, and Umatic tapes documenting the work and teaching of James Murray Howard. Howard served as the architect for the historic buildings and grounds of the University of Virginia from 1982-2002. He oversaw the comprehensive restoration program of its earliest buildings, the "academical village" designed by Thomas Jefferson, for which he received an Institute Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects in 1995. Howard received the Historic Preservation Award from the Virginia Society of the AIA in 1994 and was named a fellow of the AIA in 1996. He also taught courses in the School of Architecture and lectured widely on his work. The collection contains Murray's records files which document these and other projects. Boxes 1-23 include files grouped by subject or project and are roughly in alphabetical order. They contain correspondence, memos, architectural drawings, reports, budgets, financial documents, photographs, and research. His work related to the Pavilions, the Rotunda, and Peabody Hall are well documented. Boxes 24-27 contain photographs of different buildings on Grounds interior and exterior shots. Box 27 contains images from the 1997 Pavilion collapse and includes images of paramedics at the scene. Box 28 contains Howard's planners and calendars from 1998-2004. Boxes 29 to 31 include extensive project files on Peabody Hall. Boxes 32 to 38 have materials kept in binders on various topics, including projects on the Academical Village and financial budgets. Box 36 contains publications by or about J. Murray Howard and resource books. Box 37 is oversize and contains architectural drawings and copies of Sanborn maps.

Acquisition Type



Transferred by Mark Kutney, Facilities Management, 12 December 2022. Facilities maintained these papers, although Murray Howard initially worked under the Office of the Architect. His position shifted during his time at the University.

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Access Restrictions

This collection is currently closed for preservation treatments. The collection will be open at the end of August 2023. Box 12 is restricted until 2108 due to personally identifiable information and student work. Box 27 requires archivist review. In addition, original digital media (floppy disks, zip disks, thumb drives, born-digital files, etc.) and other media formats such as LPs, audiocassettes, videotapes, films, CDs, and DVDs found in the collection cannot be handled directly by patrons. Appointments must be made to request these items. Materials must be reformatted in most cases before they can be accessed, sometimes at the researcher’s expense. Please use our online reference request form ( to request access to these materials or for further information.


  • Creation: c.1982-2008



36.6 Cubic Feet (36 cubic boxes and 1 Oversize Flat Box Medium OS)

0.13271 Gigabytes : 4 floppy disks, 1 CD-R

15 videocassettes : 14 VHS tapes, 1 Umatic tape

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36 cubic boxes, 1 oversize flat box Box 1: Subject files A Box 2: Subject file AR Box 3: Subject files E-D Box 4: Subject files E-F Box 5: Subject files I-O Box 6: Subject file P – Pavilions Box 7: Subject files P –Pavilions Box 8: Subject files P –Pavilions Box 9: Subject files P –Pavilions Box 10: Subject files Pavilions/ NEA grants articles Box 11: Subject files Pavilions, fire protection, accessibility contracts, Getty grant Box 12: Subject files T Teaching lectures (Restricted because of student grades and PII) Box 13: Subject files U-W –Pavilions Box 14: Subject files A4-Brochures and publications Box 15: Subject files Rotunda Box 16: Subject files A7 Rotunda, Blandy Experimental Farm, Kiosk, Garrett Hall, Health Science Center, the lawn, Mcintire Amphitheater Box 17: Subject files renovation projects: Cars Hill, East Lawn Electrical upgrades, Pavillion, also materials related to the School of Architecture and Preservation. Box 18: Subject files A-2 Rotunda and Alderman Library Renovation Box 19: Subject files A2 Rotunda restoration, theses, people Box 20 Subject files Clay Plazzo, People,personnel-general, Design Build,McCormick Road Walk, Gwathmey trust, Middleton, w.d., Historic Construction Box 21: Subject files correspondence/meetings symposium Box 22: Subject files correspondence/meetings symposium Howard files; personal files Box 23: Subject files Howard files; personal files Box 24: Photos Pavilions (1988-1993) Box 25: Photos Pavilions (1993-1998) VHS Box 26: Subject files Photos Holsinger Birdwood album, Pavilions, Students, Physical Plant work crews, Rotunda, Hotel F, Hotel A, Slide Title Material, Executive Mansion inventory, Furniture inventory Carrs Hill. Contains floppy disks Box 27: Photos 1997 Pavilion collapse. Includes VHS and Floppy disk. (Requires Archivist review) Box 28: Day Planners, calendars and notebooks, and loose notes Box 29: Project files Peabody Hall Box 30: Project files Peabody Hall Box 31: Project files Peabody Hall Box 32: Unbound binders: Theses, Lawn Advisory Board, Henderson Historic Dist. Research (analysis of Notes); 4. Pavillion, Peabody Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) move and relocation Box 33: Unbound binders: Pavilion, Rotunda, Academical Village Design Standards, renovation/restoration inspection reports Box 34: Unbound binders: Pavilion, Rotunda, Academical Village Design Standards, historical lighting Notebook- academical village space study renovation/restoration inspection reports Box 35: Unbound binders: academical village space study, pavilion Cocke Hall Book; Drawing Index 3. dissertation, Lawn Irrigation, Historic Structures Report Boston Lab Box 36: Publications and resource books about Murray’s work and the academical village Box 37: Oversized architectural drawings