A Guide to the Carneal and Johnston Glass Negatives, c.1910s Carneal and Johnston Glass Negatives Ms2014-016

A Guide to the Carneal and Johnston Glass Negatives, c.1910s

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Collection Number Ms2014-016


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2014-016
Title
Carneal and Johnston Glass Negatives, c.1910sc.1910s
Physical Characteristics
0.6 Cubic Feet 2 boxes [23 (8 x 10) glass dry plate negatives]
Creator
Carneal and Johnston
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of 23 glass dry plate negatives of architectural drawings made by the architectural firm Carneal and Johnston for various VPI campus buildings, including some that were never built, c.1910s.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Carneal and Johnston Glass Negatives collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Carneal and Johnston Glass Negatives, Ms2014-016, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Carneal and Johnston Glass Plate Negatives were purchased by University Relations and given to Special Collections in October 2014.


Biographical/Historical note

J. Ambler Johnston was born in 1885 and was a 1904 graduate of Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute. He also earned a master of science degree in 1905 from VPI. Johnston resided in Richmond, Virginia, where he served as a charter member of the Richmond Rotary Club and was a Civil War scholar. He died in 1974.

William Leigh Carneal, Jr., was born in Richmond on October 24, 1881, and graduated in 1903 from the Virginia Military Institute. He began his architectural practice around 1906 following a three year stint as a clerk in his father's company, Sitterding-Carneal-Davis Company. He died in 1958.

In 1908, Carneal and Johnston combined offices. The firm's first building was the original McBryde Hall on the VPI campus, completed in 1917. The firm helped to incorporate the Collegiate Gothic style to the campus landscape. For a brief period, the firm included a third partner and was known as Carneal, Johnston, & Wright. Both Carneal and Johnston retired in the 1950s. In 1999, the surviving firm of Carneal and Johnston merged with Ballou, Justice, & Upton Architects.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 23 glass dry plate negatives of architectural drawings made by the architectural firm Carneal and Johnston for various VPI campus buildings they designed, including the originial McBryde Hall and the original library/Gymnasium building, as well as proposed plans for an Alumni Hall (never built) and the Upper Quad Conversion (never built). Many of the plates are undated, but appear to come from the 1910s.

Arrangement

The 23 glass plate negatives are arranged in two boxes in the order that the plates were originally numbered.


Index Terms

    Genre and Form Terms

  • Architectural drawings
  • Subjects

  • University History
  • Corporate Names

  • Carneal and Johnston

Contents List

Box 1
No. 61, VPI General Plan (Master Plan), n.d.
Box 1
No. 64, VPI Main Tower, n.d.
Box 1
No. 65, VPI Prospective Main Group, n.d.
Box 1
No. 89, VPI Dormitory Section Side Elevation, n.d.
Box 1
No. 90, VPI Dormitory Section Exterior, n.d.
Box 1
No. 91, VPI Main Tower Exterior, n.d.
Box 1
No. 92, VPI Front Elevation Exterior, n.d.
Box 1
No. 93, VPI Gynasium Group Exterior, 1914
Box 1
No. 94, VPI Prospective, n.d.
Box 1
No. 95, VPI General Plan, n.d.
Box 1
No. 96, VPI Prospective Exterior, n.d.
Box 2
No. 97, VPI Dormitory Section Exterior, n.d.
Box 2
No. 98, VPI Front Elevation Exterior, n.d.
Box 2
No. 107, Scale Drawings of VPI Shop Building Front and East Elevations, December 1913, 1913-1912
Box 2
No. 113, VPI Gynasium Exterior, 1914
Box 2
No. 114, VPI Dormitory Wing Exterior, n.d.
Box 2
No. 115, VPI General Plan, n.d.
Box 2
No. 116, VPI Main Tower Exterior, n.d.
Box 2
No. 117, VPI Front Elevation, n.d.
Box 2
No. 118, VPI Prospective Exterior, n.d.
Box 2
No. 155, VPI Dormitory Wing Exterior and Front Elevation Exterior, n.d.
Box 2
No. 181, Proposed VPI Alumni Hall Exterior, 1916-10-31
Box 2
No. 182, Proposed VPI Alumni Hall First Floor Plan, 1916-10-31