The Architecture Archives welcomes gifts that support the mission to preserve archival drawings and other historic materials related to architecture and design in Florida and the Caribbean, to support and promote education and scholarship, and to support the preservation of the region’s built environment.
This endowment provides general support for the acquisition, preservation, processing, and storage of archival drawings and other historical records that document Florida architecture and architects. A donation to this endowment will have a direct impact on the quality and future activities of the Architecture Archives by supporting scholarly research, historic preservation, and the education of future generations of students.
The endowment is named in honor of Professor Emeritus Alfred Browning Parker, the distinguished Florida architect and UF alumnus who was instrumental in establishing the Architecture Archives. The income from this endowment will be used:
- To Support Preservation of Collections: The Architecture Archives collects thousands of drawings, blueprints, photographs, and related records that document architecture and design from the late 19th Century to the present. We conserve, store, arrange, and describe the records to ensure long term preservation and use. Your investment ensures the proper preservation and storage of these important historical collections.
- To Support Student Education: Historical architectural records enhance the educational experience for students. Faculty members in the College of Design, Construction, and Planning have incorporated the archival collections in courses, and numerous graduate and undergraduate student assistants have worked on arranging and describing the collections. Students gain valuable experience and knowledge by researching and using historical drawings and papers. Your contribution greatly improves the experience of the current and future architecture students by ensuring that the collections are available for their use.
- To Support Research and Scholarship: The Architecture Archives promotes the use of architectural records that document the architects and architecture of Florida. We provide researcher assistance to students and faculty, scholars and researchers, and the general public. We also support exhibits in art and history museums. With additional funding, we will be able to expand our promotion and outreach activities, attract additional researchers, and contribute to architectural scholarship.
- To Support Preservation of Florida’s Architectural Heritage: The Architecture Archives provides invaluable documentation for historic preservation projects. In the past, the Archives has contributed photographs and drawings to DOCOMOMO/US Florida in that organization’s fight to The Alfred Browning Parker Arc preserve endangered historic architecture. Your contribution will increase access to and awareness of these resources by funding digitization and outreach activities.
How to Make a Gift to the Alfred Browning Parker Architecture Archives Endowment
We invite you to make a gift today! You can submit a donation online via the UF Foundation website or, you can submit a donation via check made payable to: UFF/Alfred Browning Parker Architecture Archives Library Endowment. Please contact us if you have any questions or need additional information:
Director of Development
University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries
P.O. Box 117000
Gainesville, FL 32611-7000
Establishing his practice in the 1940s, Parker quickly gained fame for his visionary architecture and craftsmanship. Renowned for his environmentally friendly designs in the Modernist style, he has designed and built over 6,400 projects throughout his lifetime and won numerous awards. House Beautiful, the primary architecture magazine during the 1950s and 60s, named four of Parker's residences as "Pace Setter" houses, more than any other architect. In 1959 Frank Lloyd Wright recommended Parker as an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellow. An AIA Fellowship recognizes architects who have made a significant contribution to both architecture and the greater society, achieving a standard of excellence in architecture at both a local and national level. Parker was the only architect Wright recommended for the Fellowship.
For further information about supporting or making gifts to the Architecture Archives, please contact: John Nemmers, Archivist in the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections.