A Guide to the National Visitor Center (Washington, D.C.) Collection, 1966-1977, n.d. (likely 1970s) National Visitor Center (Washington, D.C.) Collection Ms2017-002

A Guide to the National Visitor Center (Washington, D.C.) Collection, 1966-1977, n.d. (likely 1970s)

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Collection Number Ms2017-002


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2017-002
Title
National Visitor Center (Washington, D.C.) Collection, 1966-1977, n.d. (likely 1970s)
Physical Characteristics
5.1 Cubic Feet 3 boxes; 7 oversize folders; 1 framed photograph
Creator
Drumeller, William F., Jr., 1923-2006
Language
English
Abstract
The National Visitor Center (Washington, D.C.) Collection includes materials concerning the projected construction of the National Visitor Center at Union Station in Washington D.C. in the 1970s. The collection includes correspondence, records, images, memorabilia, maps, and architecture drawings of the center, which was only open briefly from 1976 to 1978.

Adminstrative Information

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from National Visitor Center (Washington, D.C.) Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: National Visitor Center (Washington, D.C.) Collection, Ms2017-002, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The National Visitor Center (Washington, DC) Collection was donated to Special Collections in July 2015.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the National Visitor Center (Washington, D.C.) Collection was completed in May 2017.

Scope and Content

The National Visitor Center (Washington, D.C.) Collection includes materials concerning the projected construction of the National Visitor Center at Union Station in Washington D.C. in the 1970s. The collection includes correspondence, records, images, memorabilia, maps, and architecture drawings of the center, which was open briefly from 1976 to 1978. This collection is organized into four series.

Series I: Documents includes materials from about 1972 to 1975, as well as some undated materials, likely from the same time period. This series contains paperwork relating to the development of the project: contracts, meeting notes, planning documents, materials from lawsuits, and Federal reference manuals. The first half of this series is arranged in chronological order. The second half, which includes the undated materials, is arranged by subject and folders are in alphabetical order by title.

Series II: Images contains photographs, negatives, and slides from construction, events held in the space, and a large framed photograph of a model. Although undated, they are most likely from the 1970s. This series is arranged by format and then by subject, if known.

Series III: Newspapers consists of whole papers and clippings from 1969-1977 that reference development, planning, construction, and the completed project. They come from a variety of newspapers. This series is arranged chronologically.

Series IV: Drawings, Plans, & Plats includes a range of architectural materials from 1972 to 1976. There are full and half-size drawings, architectural plans, and location plat maps. There are two full-size sets of prints, as well as a site plan and several specific sections/views. This series is arranged in chronological order.

Related Material

William F. Drumheller, Jr., who worked on this project, graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1949. Special Collections houses two collections relating to Drumheller:

William F. Drumheller, Jr. Collection, Ms2013-007. Finding aid available online .
VPI Poster created by Drumheller, 1942, Art-351. Record for item available online .
In addition, Special Collections also includes three engineering drawings completed by Drumheller between 1947-1949. These items are unprocessed, but will eventually be added to Ms2013-007. For now, they are available upon request.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Architecture
  • National Visitor Center

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Drumeller, William F., Jr., 1923-2006

Contents List

Series I: Documents, 1972-1975, n.d (likely 1970s)
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 1
    Dated materials, 1972
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 2-3
    Dated materials (2 folders), 1973
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 4-8
    Dated materials (5 folders), 1974
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 9
    Dated materials, 1975
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 10-11
    Contracts and Agreements (2 folders)
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 12
    Department of the Interior
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 13
    Drumeller - Owner Representative
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 14
    Law Suits
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 16
    National Visitor Center Building Information
  • Box-Folder 2 folder: 1
    No Date, Misc.
  • Box-Folder 2 folder: 2
    Notes and Memorabilia for the National Visitor Center
  • Box-Folder 2 folder: 3
    Program Elements
  • Box-Folder 2 folder: 4
    Proposal to Operate and Maintain a Parking Facility at the National Visitor Center
  • Box-Folder 2 folder: 5
    Reference Manual - Calculating the Return on Proposed Projects, Equipment, or Plant Facilities
  • Box-Folder 2 folder: 6
    Reference Manual - Landscaping for Gallery Place and Judiciary Square Stations
  • Box-Folder 2 folder: 7
    Reference Manual - Regulation of Rates of Common Carriers
Series II: Images
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 15
    Photographs
  • Item 1
    "National Visitor Center" (framed photograph of model)
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 17
    Negatives - Christmas Party
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 18
    Negatives - Christmas Party & National Visitor Center Construction
  • Box-Folder 1 carton: 19
    Negatives - National Visitor Center Construction
  • Box 2 box: 2a-b
    Slides - National Visitor Center (2 boxes)
Series III: Newspapers, 1969-1977,
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 20
    Newspapers, 1969,
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 21
    Newspapers, 1970,
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 22
    Newspapers, 1973,
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 23
    Newspapers, 1974,
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 24
    Newspapers, 1975,
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 25
    Newspapers, 1976,
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 26
    Newspapers, 1977,
  • Folder oversize: 1
    Washington Star, 8 March 1975
Series IV: Drawings, Plans, & Plats, 1972-1976
  • Folder oversize: 2
    Washington Terminal Company Tracks and Facilities, 15 March 1966
  • Folder oversize: 3
    Main Terminal Level, 1971
  • Folder oversize: 3
    North-South Section thru Ramp 'E-E', 1973
  • Folder oversize: 3
    Site Plan, 1972
  • Folder oversize: 4
    Half-size National Visitor Prints, 1973
  • Folder oversize: 5
    Noraloco Corp. Proposals 1-3, 1974
  • Folder oversize: 5
    Building Location Plat, 1974
  • Folder oversize: 6
    East-West Section thru Ramp Looking North, 1975
  • Folder oversize: 6
    Post Office Bridge, 1975
  • Folder oversize: 6
    Main Parking Level, 1975
  • Folder oversize: 6
    Ground Level, 1975
  • Folder oversize: 7
    Full-size National Visitor Center Prints, 1976
  • Box 3
    Full-size National Visitor Center Prints, 1970s