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Office of the Architect/Photographs-addition 2 Mary Hughes

Identifier: RG-35/2

Content Description

This addition to RG 35/2, Office of the Architect/Photographs contains photographs, slides, and VHS tape of Mary Hughes, the University of Virginia Landscape Architect since 1986. The slides and photographs depict college campuses, principally the University of Virginia, documenting projects initiated by the Office of the Architect including new construction. The VHS tape is dated October 24, 1994, and titled "Thomas Jefferson Academical Village.” The slides and photographs were contained in binders and the original order and titles have been maintained.

Boxes 1 and 2 contain photographs and slides of the landscape and architecture of various institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, Duke University, Swarthmore College, University of Chicago, Emory College and the University of Georgia. Boxes 2 to 5 contain slides related to the Master Plan book. Boxes 2 and 3 feature aerial renderings and plans for several University of Virginia renovation projects in order to "restore the Founder's [Thomas Jefferson's] vision of reciprocity between the academic and physical plan of the University." Before and after slides of these renovation efforts are included in an album titled "Academical Village Slides, Book #1". Also included in this album are slides of events on the Lawn, such as the 1996 Lawn Olympics and a Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture lecture. Photographs of Lawn and Range rooms are also present. Box 4 contains images of models and drawings of campus buildings and also text blocks. Box 6 contains "General Slides, Book #3" which includes spots across the ground and is organized alphabetically from N to Z. Slides Box 7 contains images of studies and plans and architectural features across campus like bollards, memorial plaques, lighting, signs, trash cans, etc.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970-1998


Conditions Governing Access

The photographs and slides are open for research use. 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 cannot be handled directly by patrons. Appointments must be made in advance to request these items held by Special Collections. In most cases, materials must be reformatted 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 to ask for further information.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Hughes was a landscape architect at the University of Virginia from 1996-2022. After studying English and French in college, she graduated from the UVA School of Architecture in 1987. She designed the first landscape plan of the grounds at UVA. Some of her projects include the creation of the Dell, Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, South Lawn Project and Kitty Foster home and cemetery, and the Ivy Corridor. In 2012 she received the Legasse Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects for conservation and stewardship of the public landscape.


1.4 Cubic Feet (7 Photo 3-ring clamshell box)

1 videocassettes (1 Vhs tape) : "Thomas Jefferson Academical Village" TRT 8:10 10/24/94

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by Mary Hughes, University Landscape Architect, 15 April 2019.

Office of the Architect/Photographs-addition 2 Mary Hughes
Ellen Welch
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States