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Arthur Gould Odell Papers

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Odell (Arthur Gould) Papers

Inventory of Arthur Gould Odell papers
MS0098

Summary Information

Repository
University of North Carolina at Charlotte University Archives
Creator
Odell, Arthur Gould
Title
Arthur Gould Odell papers
ID
MS0098
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1961-1988
Date [inclusive]
1935-1988
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Primarily biographical material about a prominent Charlotte architect and advertising material relating to Odell Associates, Inc., the firm he founded in 1940. Also includes central area and cultural plans for Charlotte and Raleigh, a film documenting the opening of the Charlotte Coliseum/Ovens Auditorium complex in 1955, and a pictorial map of historic sites in Cabarrus County.

Preferred Citation note

Arthur Gould Odell Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Arthur Gould Odell Jr. was born in Concord, N.C., on November 22, 1913. He studied at Duke University (1930 31), then transferred to Cornell University, where he received a bachelors of architecture degree (1935). Odell continued his education at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. In 1940, he founded Odell Associates in Charlotte. During World War II, he served in the US Army Corps of Engineers. Odell served as president of the American Institute of Architects (1964 65). He died in Charlotte on April 21, 1988.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection is comprised of 58 items consisting of newspapers, clippings, plans, portfolios, and memorabilia. The Odell Papers contain no original drawings or correspondence. Primarily biographical material about a prominent Charlotte architect and advertising material relating to Odell Associates, Inc., the firm he founded in 1940. Also includes central area and cultural plans for Charlotte and Raleigh, a film documenting the opening of the Charlotte Coliseum/Ovens Auditorium complex in 1955, and a pictorial map of historic sites in Cabarrus County.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of North Carolina at Charlotte University Archives

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223
704-687-1170
spec-coll@uncc.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of A. G. Odell Jr., 1981; transfer from Atkins Library, 1984, 1988.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Odell, Arthur Gould

Subject(s)

  • Architects--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Buildings--North Carolina--Charlotte

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

CLIPPINGS 1962-1988

Scope and Contents note

journal and newspaper articles about Odell and his firm.

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MEMORABILIA 1935-1966

Scope and Contents note

includes a program (1966) for the Third North Carolina Awards, for which A. G. Odell Jr. was award in the field of fine arts in recognition of his work as an architect; a booklet (ca. 1970s) listing clients of and design honors won by Odell Associates copy of a pictorial history of Cabarrus County drawn by Odell (1935).

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PLANS 1961-1975

Scope and Contents note

central area and cultural action plans designed by Odell Associates for Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C.

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PORTFOLIOS circa 1970s

Scope and Contents note

bound volumes documenting Odell Associates' projects and a personal bibliography of A. G. Odell Jr. Includes portfolios for college and university facilities, commercial facilities, cultural and civic centers, elementary and secondary schools, master planning and development, mechanical engineering services, and medical facilities, as well as a 2-volume set illustrating the firm's work.

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Cassette Disk

ALCOA AUDITORIUM-COLISEUM circa 1955

Scope and Contents note

film documenting the opening of the Charlotte Coliseum/Ovens Auditorium complex on Independence Boulevard. Consists of film original, VHS copy, and digital tape copy. [In Oral History Collection, UNCC Mss 276].

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