A Guide to the G. Preston Frazer Collection, 1939-2003 Frazer, G. Preston, Collection Ms2009-098

A Guide to the G. Preston Frazer Collection, 1939-2003

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2009-098


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Processed by: Kira A. Dietz Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2009-098
Title
G. Preston Frazer Collection, 1939-2003
Physical Characteristics
1 box; 0.2 cu. ft.
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains correspondence between G. Preston Frazer and Marcus L. Oliver. Additional materials include photocopies of newspaper articles, a signed Sixteen Pencil Impressions from Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. booklet, and Frazer's obituary.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the G. Preston Frazer Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: G. Preston Frazer Collection, Ms2009-098, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The G. Preston Frazer Collection was donated to Special Collections in 2008.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the G. Preston Frazer Collection commenced and was completed in June 2009.


Biographical Information

G. (George) Preston Frazer was born in Davidson, Tennessee, February 4, 1908, to George Augustine and Sadie (Warner) Frazer. He received a BA in Liberal Arts from the Virginia Military Institute in 1929. In 1935, he completed a BS in Engineering at the University of Hawaii, and in 1937, a Masters of Architecture at Harvard University. During World War II, he served with the Second Armored Division in Europe and North Africa. He remained in the Army Reserves until 1968. From 1939 to 1940 and from 1946 to 1974, he taught in the Art Department of Virginia Tech. Following his retirement, Frazer continued to support Virginia Tech, which continues to be among the many institutions to display donations of his work. Frazer died at his home in Catawba, North Carolina, on September 10, 2003.

For biographical information on Oliver, see the Marcus L. Oliver Correspondence, Ms2009-098. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database.

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence between G. Preston Frazer and Marcus L. Oliver. The letters are mostly personal exchanges, but there are also several letters relating to Frazer's donation of portraits to Botetourt County, Virginia, and the Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. Additional materials include photocopies of newspapers articles, a signed Sixteen Pencil Impressions from Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A., and Frazer's obituary.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically within the series. Series I: Correspondence, 1991-2002, contains mostly letters from Frazer to Oliver. Many of the letters contain attached enclosures. Series II: Published Materials, 1939-2003, includes two articles about the creation and dedication of the Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee, World War II Memorial; a flyer for a Frazer exhibit in Blacksburg, Virginia; and a signed copy of Sixteen Pencil Impressions from Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.


Contents List

SERIES I: CORRESPONDENCE, 1991-2002
  • Box-folder 1:1
    Correspondence, 1991-1996.
  • Box-folder 1:2
    Correspondence, 1997-2002.
SERIES II: PUBLISHED MATERIAL, 1939-2003
  • Box-folder 1:3
    Articles, signed publication, flyer, and obituary, 1939-2003.