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Collection Title: Blair (Stephen H. Jr.) Architectural Drawings

Press Release:

LOCAL ARCHITECT'S FAMILY DONATES DRAWINGS
October 27, 2000

The University of Southern Mississippi Archives recently received approximately 50 cubit feet of architectural drawings by the late Stephen H. Blair Jr. The collection -- which spans at least three decades of Blair's work, primarily in the Hattiesburg area -- was donated by Blair's wife, Barbara, and son, pianist Brian Blair.

During his career, Blair designed a number of schools in the Hattiesburg and surrounding area, as well as banks, government buildings and residences. On the Southern Miss campus, Blair designed the Chain Technology Center, Joseph Greene Hall, Roberts Hall, Owings-McQuagge Hall, Vann Hall, Hillcrest Dormitory, Johnson Science Tower (in conjunction with David K. Hemeter) and the Elizabeth C. Harkins Nursing Building. He is also listed as one of the architects of the J.B. George Commons.

Upon Blair's death in 1993, his drawings were placed in the care of architect Larry A. Albert, who designed the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, the Lake Terrace Convention Center and numerous other buildings.

University archivist Dr. Bobs Tusa became aware of the collection and subsequently, at the request of Barbara and Brian Blair, Albert agreed to relinquish the drawings to the safekeeping of the USM archives, along with a index of the collection created by Albert's daughter, Harmony.

The Stephen H. Blair Jr. Architectural Drawings Collection complements the Hattiesburg Area Architectural Drawings and the Landry Architectural Drawings, also housed in the archives. A number of buildings on the Southern Miss campus were designed by the architectural firm of Landry and Matthes. Among them are Reed Green Coliseum, Marsh Hall, Wilber Panhellenic Dormitory, Jones Hall, Scott Hall, McLemore Hall, Danforth Chapel, Hickman Hall, Bolton Hall and Bond Hall.

Permission of current owners of buildings represented in these architectural collections is required before the drawings can be viewed by researchers. (from USM University Relations)


Accession Number: AM 2000-102

Inclusive Dates: ca. 1955 - 1987

Volume: ca. 50 cubic feet

Given By : Donated by Mrs. Barbara Blair, Mr. Brian Blair, and Mr. Larry Albert.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Approximately 50 cubic feet of architectural drawings spanning three decades of the work of local architect Stephen H. (Steve) Blair, Jr. Most of the drawings are of structures in the Hattiesburg area, and include schools, banks, government buildings, residences, and buildings on the USM campus, as well as drawings for additions and renovations to numerous buildings. Drawings of schools and other buildings in surrounding Mississippi counties are included as well. Mr. Blair died in 1993, at which time his drawings were placed in the care and keeping of architect Larry Albert of Hattiesburg. They remained in Mr. Albert's care until their transfer to USM on October 3, 2000. Accompanying the collection is a detailed index of the drawings prepared by Larry Albert's daughter, Ms. Harmony Albert.

NOTE: Requires permission of current owner of building to view.


Accession Number: AM 2000-111

Volume: 9 sets

Given By : Donated by Mr. David Garraway.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

9 sets of drawings by Stephen H. Blair, Jr. Eight sets are of Hattiesburg Public Schools, and one set is of the Wesley Foundation Building at USM.

NOTE: Requires permission of current owner of building to view.


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