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Don Watson Papers
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Don Watson Papers

  • UQFL643
  • Collection
  • 1967-2001

This collection comprises Don Watson’s various contributions to architecture in Queensland as a designer, historian, teacher and advocate. It includes papers relating to his work in creating the Queensland Architectural Archive within the Fryer Library; his work while with the University of Queensland Department of Architecture especially the lunch time lecture programs; the 'Architecture as a Community Art' public lecture program; and his work with Queensland University of Technology as a lecturer.

Watson, Donald, 1945-

Queensland Architectural Archive

The Queensland Architectural Archive was established to collect Queensland architectural records of individual and non-government architects and architectural firms. Don Watson was instrumental in collecting the records of Queensland architects and architectural firms for preservation in the Fryer Library. The Queensland Architectural Archive was initiated in 1986 with a grant from the Design Board of the Australia Council (for the Arts). The project built on the architectural collections already held in the Fryer Library, namely those of Karl Langer and A.B. and R. M. Wilson. The Queensland Architectural Archive, from the earliest period has been a collaboration between the Fryer Library and the Architecture Department/School and particularly Don Watson.

Architectural library collections

Research by Don Watson into architectural collections in the National Library of Australia and the British Architectural Library. This file includes: a report by Don Watson of his inspection of architectural drawings at the National Library of Australia, 19 Jul 1988; a report, dated 28 Aug 1990, and supporting documents relating to the British Architectural Library in London, such as Architectural records in national and local collections : guidance notes for archivists and record offices.

Watson, Donald, 1945-

Research for the Queensland Architectural Archive Project

Research for the Queensland Architectural Archive Project: newspaper cutting, information about the plans by Conrad Gargett, Lund Hutton Ryan Morton Collection, correspondence, James Birrell Collection, copies of blank survey forms created for the project, copies of blank forms for listing contents of drawings in architectural collections held by the Fryer Library;

Watson, Donald, 1945-

Well Made Plans exhibition records

Records, correspondence and photographs relating to the Well Made Plans exhibition of the Queensland Architectural Archive held in the Fryer Library. Included in this file:
Friends of Fryer newsletter, includes article about the Queensland Architectural Archive and upcoming exhibition ‘Well Made Plans’, no. 21, 1988. -- Records relating to the Proposed Exhibition for the Queensland Architectural Archive in the Fryer Library, University of Queensland. -- Copy of the architectural drawing on front cover on ‘Well made plans’. -- Notes and costings for the exhibition. --Three b/w photographs of Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson launching the exhibition, with Don Watson, Ron Voller and other guests.-- Speech notes for a slideshow presentation on Architectural history headed ‘Fryer Talk’. -- 12 colour transparencies and photographic prints of the Exhibition layout. -- 12 b/w negatives and contact prints of the Exhibition layout. -- Letter from Cameron Chisholm & Nicol to F A Pidgeon (cc Don Watson) seeking sponsorship of QAA Exhibition. -- Finlayson brochure with drawings and measurements for the exhibition, costings, and layout of the venue.

Watson, Donald, 1945-

University of Queensland Department of Architecture papers

Donald Watson was employed as a lecturer at the University of Queensland Department of Architecture from 1979 to 1989. He lectured in design and supervised history theses and electives. He was responsible for the Architecture Department's public programs, including lunch-time lectures and exhibitions. Included in this series are: course notes for Bachelor of Design Studies (B.Des.St.); lunch time lectures research and planning; student projects; exhibition catalogues; and correspondence.

Lunch time lectures. Semester 1 1981

This file includes: project outlines and course notes for the University of Queensland Department of Architecture B.Des.St.; lunch time lecture series corrspondence and notes; student lists for architectural students from 1981; and 30 b&w photographs of students from the Department of Architecture in 1981. Decanted from B&H Lever Arch File 2 hole ring binder titled "Lunch time lectures. Semester 1 1981".

Lunch time lectures. 1983

Two posters for the lunchtime lecture series for 1983. Papers related to the lecture series which includes: research material; semester two notes; course notes; planning and notes for lunchtime lecture series. Decanted from B&H Lever Arch File 2 hole ring binder.

Projects review

This file includes: mockups, proofs, negatives, photographic contact sheets for the publication of Projects review by the University of Queensland, Department of Architecture and associated exhibitions and invitations. Projects review was published by the University of Queensland, Department of Architecture to highlight the projects of students from each year level (1-5); and staff and postgraduate research.

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