Earle Sumner Draper, Sr. Papers, 1933-1969

Collection Number: 2745

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Earle Sumner Draper, Sr. papers, 1933-1969
Collection Number:
2745
Creator:
Earle Sumner Draper, Sr., 1893-
Quantity:
1.3 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, speeches, correspondence, books.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Primarily articles and speeches of Earle Sumner Draper, Sr., city planner. Also includes correspondence concerning a conference on urbanism held in Cambridge, Massachusetts in March 1942.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Earle Sumner Draper, Sr. received a B.S. in landscape architecture from Massachusetts State College in 1915. He then joined the staff of John Nolen, city planner, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was appointed Nolen's southern representative. For two years he was engaged in town planning, including the layout of Kingsport, Tennessee. In 1917 he established his own firm in Charlotte, North Carolina, becoming the first professionally trained city planner in the Southeast. Draper was involved in the planning of industrial towns, as well as parks, universities, schools, cemeteries, private estates, golf courses, land subdivisions, and landscape projects. In 1933, he left private practice to take the post of Planning Director for the Tennessee Valley Authority. He later advanced to Director of Regional Planning Studies at the TVA; and initiated the planning and construction of the town of Norris, rural freeways, powerhouses, and dams. In 1940 he left the TVA to become assistant administrator of the Federal Housing Administration; he was later appointed deputy commissioner. After World War II, he returned to private practice.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Primarily articles and speeches of Earle Sumner Draper, Sr., city planner. Also includes correspondence concerning a conference on urbanism held in Cambridge, Massachusetts in March 1942.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Draper, Earle Sumner, Sr., 1893-
United States. Federal Housing Administration.
Tennessee Valley Authority.

Subjects:
City planning.
City planners.

Places:
Kingsport (Tennessee)--City planning.
Norris (Tennessee)--City planning.

Form and Genre Terms:
Speeches.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Earle Sumner Draper, Sr. Papers, #2745. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Speeches
Box 1
"Regional Planning in the Tennessee Valley Area," Baltimore Maryland
October 11, 1933
9 pp. typescript
Box 1
"The Town Planning Movement," Knoxville, Tennessee
September 26, 1933
5 pp. typescript, 1 additional draft
Box 1
Notes on speech to the Tennessee Garden Clubs, Knoxville, Tennessee
May 2, 1934
Box 1
Notes on speech "Land Planning and Housing Activities," Knoxville, Tennessee
May 4, 1934
Box 1
Notes on speech, "Country Life Ideals of TVA," Amherst, Massachusetts
May 11, 1934
Box 1
Notes on speech, "Regional Planning," Cambridge, Massachusetts
May 11, 1934
Box 1
Notes on speech to State Teacher's College, Johnson, Tennessee
June 29, 1934
Box 1
Notes on speech to the City Planning Institute, St. Louis, Missouri
October 21, 1934
Box 1
"Large Scale Regional Development," St. Louis, Missouri
October 22, 1934
11 pp. typescript. Summary of above speech, 3 pp. typescript
Box 1
Notes on speech, "Land Planning Activities of the TVA and the Significance of Education," Knoxville, Tennessee
October 26, 1934
2 pp. typescript, with additional notes
Box 1
"Regional Planning and the Tennessee Valley Authority," Cambridge, Massachusetts
January 14, 1935
16 pp. typescript
Box 1
"Shall We Plan for the Future? Long Time Planning and Coordination of Planning Functions," Boston, Massachusetts
January 21-22, 1935
Landscape Architecture, July 1935, 4 pp. with notes
Box 1
"Land Planning in the Tennessee Valley," Washington, D.C.
March 1, 1935
Radio talk, 3 pp. typescript
Box 1
"Regional Planning for the Development of Land and Water Resources," Eugene, Oregon
March 26, 1935
29pp. typescript with notes. Text of speech in The Commonwealth Review, March-May 1935, 19pp.
Box 1
Notes on speech, "Regional Planning," Eugene, Oregon
March 27, 1935
Box 1
"Housing is More than Building Construction," Atlanta, Georgia
May 3, 1935
Bulletin of Georgia School of Technology Proceedings of the Conference of Low Cost Housing, 11 pp., July 1935 issue, notes
Box 1
"The Development of a United Land Program," Knoxville, Tennessee
June 22, 1935
13 pp. typescript, with notes, 3 additional drafts. Edited version in University of Tennessee Summer Sessions Report, 6 pp.
Box 1
"Applied Home Economics in TVA Houses," Chicago, Illinois
June 25, 1935
Journal of Home Economics, 8 pp. December 1935, read by Marie White
Box 1
"What Price Land Waste," Knoxville, Tennessee,
July 15, 1935
5 pp. typescript, notes
Box 1
Notes for a talk before Fairfield County Planning Association, Bridgeport, Connecticut
July 24, 1935
Box 1
"The City's Part in Regional Development," Knoxville, Tennessee,
October 22, 1935
Public Management4 pp. November 1935
Box 1
Notes on "Regional Planning," and summary of the talkSavannah, Georgia
December 5, 1935
3 pp. typescript
Box 1
"Development of an Idea in Connection with Discussion of Land Planning," Knoxville, Tennessee
1936
13 pp. typescript, 2 additional drafts plus notes
Box 1
Notes on "Regional Planning," Cambridge, Massachusetts
1936
Box 1
Notes on speech in Dayton, Tennessee
1936
Box 1
Notes on "What the Construction of Chickamuga Dam Will Mean to Chattanooga," Chattanooga, Tennessee
1936
Box 1
Notes on talk in Tupelo, Mississippi
April 23, 1936
Box 1
Notes on talk to TVA employees on Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee
April 24, 1936
Box 1
"Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," Chattanooga, Tennessee
May 28, 1936
8 pp. typescript with notes
Box 1
Notes on "Regional Planning in the Tennessee Valley," Memphis, Tennessee
April 13, 1937
Box 1
Notes, Knoxville, Tennessee
May. 7, 1937
Box 1
"Where City and Country Meet," 9 pp. typescript, 1 additional draft, plus notes, Detroit, Michigan
June 1, 1937
Box 1
Notes of speech to new TVA employees, Knoxville, Tennessee
September 23, 1937
Box 1
"The Testimony of a Planner," Knoxville, Tennessee
March 4, 1938
5 pp. typescript, notes included
Box 1
Notes of Speech to the Engineer Club, Knoxville, Tennessee
March 14, 1938
Box 1
"The Improvement Campaign of 1902-1906,Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
May 6, 1938
" 17 pp. typescript, 1 additional draft plus notes
Box 1
"Parkways and Freeways," Norris, Tennessee
May 13, 1938
7 pp. typescript plus notes
Box 1
"New Developments in the Planning Field Bearing on the Problems of Municipal Planning," Minneapolis, Minnesota
June 21, 1938
4 pp. typescript, notes
Box 1
Speech at inauguration of Radio Station WNRA, Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Nov 17, 1938
8 pp. typescript, notes
Box 1
Notes on "Our Southern Heritage in Gardening," Norris, Tennessee
Jan 10, 1939
Box 1
Notes on "Changing Elements on the Growth of Knoxville," Knoxville, Tennessee
March 3, 1939
Box 1
"Planning for Water Recreation on a National Scale," Santa Fe, New Mexico
October 8-10, 1939
5 pp. typescript
Box 1
Notes on speech at a conference on Planning Problems and Administration, Chicago, Illinois
January 19, 1940
Box 1
"The Next Stop in Highway Planning," University of Tennessee
March 14, 1940
19 pp. typescript, notes
Box 1
"New Recreation Opportunities in the Tennessee Valley," Knoxville, Tennessee
April 22, 1940
18 pp. typescript, notes,
Box 1
"The Tennessee Valley Authority and Social Welfare," notes, Jacksonville, Florida
April 24, 1940
20 pp. typescript
Box 1
"Urban Development in the Southeast: What of the Future?," Chapel Hill, North Carolina,
May 3, 1940
13 pp. typescript, notes
Box 1
"Private Enterprises in Defense Housing," The Review of the Society of Resident Appraisers, November 1940, Chicago, Illinois
November 12, 1940
15 pp. typescript; notes, 2 additional drafts, 6 pp. article
Box 1
"The FHA and Decentralization," Springfield, Massachusetts
November 20, 1940
2 pp. typescript, 1 additional draft, notes
Box 1
"Urban Redevelopment - High Lights and Side Lights," Extract in Public Management, May 1941, Cincinnati, Ohio
April 17, 1941
18 pp. typescript, notes, 1 additional draft
Box 1
"'Time is of the Essence' - In Planning," Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 12, 1941
1 additional draft, notes, 9 pp. typescript
Box 1
"FHA in the National Defense Effort," Washington D.C.
May 16, 1941
11 pp. typescript, 1 additional draft, notes
Box 1
Notes for Speech of Testimonial Dinner for W.J. Lockwood, Newark, New Jersey
May 23, 1941
Box 1
Notes for Speech at University of Southern California Institute of Government
June 9, 1941
Box 1
Discussion Leader at National Housing Inventory, Washington, D.C.,
June 11, 1941
Notes
Box 1
Notes on "Demands of Modern Life in Cities," and additional notes, Falls Village, Connecticut
August 6, 1941
Box 1
"Rebuilding Programs and the Government," Baltimore, Maryland,
October 23, 1941
4 pp. typescript, notes
Box 1
Notes on "Putting Plans into Action," Ann Arbor, Michigan
November 4, 1941
Box 1
"How Can Our Cities Rebuild," New York City
November 7, 1941
4 pp. typescript, notes
Box 1
Notes on "Can We Rebuild Our Cities," Advanced Press Release on " Urban Redevelopment," Cleveland, Ohio
November 18, 1941
Box 1
Notes on "Problems of War Housing," additional notes, New York City
March 26, 1942
Box 1
"War Problems of Private Housing," New England Federal Savings League, Bulletin, Boston, Massachusetts
September 19, 1942
7 pp.
Box 1
"War Housing in 1943," Chicago, Illinois
February 6, 1943
2 pp. typescript with additional 1 draft
Box 1
Notes on talk at FHA 608 Meeting, New York City
February 18, 1943
Box 1
Notes on "Problems of Housing in the Postwar Period," Richmond, Virginia
February 23, 1943
Box 1
"Postwar Financing of Private Housing," Omaha, Nebraska
June 14-16, 1943
8 pp. typescript, read by Flavel Shurtleff
Box 1
Notes on speech to the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Seattle, Washington
July 20, 1943
Box 1
"Objectives and Techniques of Postwar Planning," Buffalo, New York
September 27, 1943
17 pp. plus 3 previous drafts, typescript - notes, Press Release, 3 pp. typescript
Box 1
Speech before Northeast Federal Savings League, Boston, Massachusetts
November 6, 1943
13 pp. typescript, 2 drafts
Box 1
"Speech of November 6 given before New Orleans Builders, Lenders, Etc.," (Radio Speech)
November 27, 1943
13 pp. typescript; Press Release, 3 pp. typescript
Box 1
Notes on speech to Louisville Real Estate Board, additional notes, Louisville, Kentucky
April 28, 1944
Box 1
"Urban History is City Planning History," Washington, D.C.
May 30, 1944
19 pp. typescript, notes
Box 1
Notes of speech made on West Coast trip
July 9-25, 1944
Box 1
Untitled
October 1946
2 pp. typescript
Box 1
"Plan and Performance," Chicago, Illinois,
November 19, 1946
8 pp. typescript, notes
Box 1
Speech at PHMI Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois
March 30, 1948
1 pp. typescript
Additional speeches
Box 1
Press Release - 59th Annual Meeting of American Forestry Association
1936
3 p. typescript, 1 additional draft, App.
Box 1
Untitled
1936
3 pp. typescript, App.
Box 1
Untitled
June 19, 1941
7 pp. typescript
Box 1
Correspondence, Urbanism Conference, Cambridge, Massachusetts
March 5, 1942
Box 1
"Home Building Industry in Wartime," St. Louis, Missouri,
November 18, 1942
6 pp. typescript, 1 additional draft, notes
Box 1
"National Association of Home Builders," Cleveland, Ohio,
November 16, 1943
2 pp. typescript
Articles
Box 1
"Activity in Southern Mill Village Development," Textile World Journal
February 7, 1920
1 pp. reprint
Box 1
"Southern Mill Village Development," Textile World
February 3, 1923
1 pp. reprint
Box 1
"Mill Village Developments," Textile World
February 9, 1924
1 pp. reprint
Box 1
"Southern Textile Village Planning," reprint from Landscape Architecture
October 1927
Box 1
"Proposed City Planning Improvements for an Industrial Section of La Grange, Georgia," The American City
June 1930
2 pp. reprint
Box 1
"The New T.V.A. Town of Norris, Tennessee"
November 24, 1933
Press Release, 4 pp. typescript
Box 1
"Housing the Workers at Norris Dam"
November 25, 1933
Press Release, 5 pp. typescript, notes
Box 1
"The T.V.A. Builds a New Town," for Junior League Magazine
December 1933
2 pp. typescript
Box 1
"T.V.A. Freeway Will Be a Landscaped Highway of Natural Beauty," The Knoxville News-Sentinel
January 21, 1934
2 pp.
Box 1
"Mild Climate of Tennessee Valley Allows Use of Porches at Norris," The Knoxville News-Sentinel
February 25, 1934
1 pp.
Box 1
"Homes at Norris Will Have Simple Beauty," The Knoxville News-Sentinel,
February 25, 1934
1 pp.
Box 1
"The Regional Approach to the Housing Problem," prepared for Duke University Law School Quarterly, April 1934
March 18, 1934
Box 1
"Tennessee Valley Authority Notes"
June 16, 1934
3 pp. typescript
Box 1
"The T.V.A. Town of Norris, Tennessee," for American Civic Association Annual
August 1934
4 pp. typescript
Box 1
"Land Planning Activities of the Tennessee Valley Authority"
August 1934
3 pp. typescript
Box 1
"Coordinated Planning in the Tennessee Valley"
September 11, 1934
4 pp. Press Release, notes
Box 1
"T.V.A. Develops a Wilderness Park"
October 3, 1934
5 pp. typescript Press Release
Box 1
"T.V.A. to Build Fish-Nurseries"
October 4, 1934
2 pp. typescript Press Release
Box 1
Press Release
October 16, 1934
1 pp. typescript, notes
Box 1
"The Work of the Land Planning and Housing Division," for Information Division
Fall 1934
3 pp. typescript, notes
Box 1
"The New T.V.A. School at Norris, Tennessee," American School and University Annual
Fall 1934
4 pp.
Box 1
"The T.V.A. Freeway," for American Civic Association Annual
Fall 1934
2 pp. typescript
Box 1
"Forestry and Regional Planning," American Forests, April 1935
October 18, 1934
1 pp.
Box 1
"The Community of Norris," for Information Division,
November 1934
5 pp. typescript
Box 1
"The New Town," My Garden and Home
December 1934
2 pp.
Box 1
"T.V.A. Low Cost Housing," for National Association of Housing Officials Annual
December 1934
9 pp. typescript
Box 1
Statement: Prepared for Atlanta, Georgia, Conference on Low Cost Housing
May 3-4, 1935
1 pp. typescript
Box 1
"Housing by the T.V.A.," for American Planning and Civic Annual
August 12, 1935
4 pp. typescript
Box 1
"T.V.A. Planning in Practice," for American Planning and Civic Annual
August 15, 1935
7 pp. typescript
Box 1
"T.V.A.'s Yardstick for Housing," The Architectural Forum
September 1935
8 pp., 1 additional draft
Box 1
"Land Planning in the Tennessee Valley," Plan Age
December 1935
6 pp.
Box 1
"The Shopping Center and Town Offices at the T.V.A. Town of Norris, Tennessee," for the Architectural Record,
July 1936
5 pp. typescript
Box 1
"T.V.A. Activities in Landscape Architecture," for Landscape Architecture Magazine
August 1936
3 pp. typescript
Box 1
"Freeway Design Principles Applied on a Rural Road," Engineering News-Record,; "The T.V.A. Freeway Proves Itself"
November 12, 1936
4 pp.
Box 1
"The Freeway Principle of Highway Design"
March 1937
2 pp. typescript
Box 1
"Demonstration Parks in the Tennessee Valley"
March 1937
20 pp. typescript
Box 1
"Levels of Planning," The Planner's Journal
March-April 1937
6 pp.
Box 1
"Demonstration Parks in the Tennessee Valley," for Architectural Record
April 1937
12 pp. typescript
Box 1
"Demonstration Parks in the Tennessee Valley," Parks and Recreation
April 1937
15 pp.
Box 1
"Demonstration Parks in the Tennessee Valley," Parks and Recreation,
April-May 1937
15 pp.
Box 1
"Demonstration Parks in the Tennessee Valley," Parks and Recreation,
May 1937
15 pp.
Box 1
"T.V.A. Repairs Oust Termites," reprint from American Builder and Building Age
August 1937
3 pp.
Box 1
Report on Baltimore - Washington - Annapolis Area (E.S.D. consultant), Regional Planning,
November 1937
Notes
Box 1
"Much Ado About Something - Housing," reprint from The American City
December 1937
3 pp.
Box 1
"Tennessee Valley Low-Cost Housing," for American Architecture
February 1938
4 pp. typescript
Box 1
"T.V.A. Low Cost Housing," rejected by American City,
February 1938
11 pp. typescript
Box 1
"T.V.A. Housing Development at Pickwick Dam"
March 1938
19 pp. typescript
Box 1
"What Is This Planning Business," The Chattanooga News
July 26, 1938
Box 1
Press Release - Speech at Banquet Inaugurating Radio Station WNRA, Sheffield, Ala. 8 pp. typescript, November 18, 1938
Box 1
"Regional Planning in Practice as Illustrated by T.V.A.," Extrait Des Comptes Rendus Du Congres International De Geographie
1938
7 pp.
Box 1
"Regional Planning," chapter in Planning for America by George Galloway, (H. Holt and Co. Publishers, New York),
January 21, 1941
Box 2
Article for Architectural Forum, Postwar Pattern Series, notes
August 1941
Box 2
Above article condense for Insured Mortgage Portfolio, "The Problem of Urban Redevelopment"
September 1941
7 pp., notes
Box 2
"Administration of Priorities," United States Investor
May 16, 1942
3 pp.
Box 2
"Planning for Adjustment to Changing Conditions," The American City
May 1944
2 pp. with notes
Box 2
Notes on FHA Financing
January 2, 1945
1 pp. typescript
Box 2
"Old Houses in Urban Communities," for Better Homes and Gardens, Harper's Magazine, Architectural Forum
August 9, 1945
5 pp. typescript
Box 2
"Housing," a paragraph, House and Garden
February 1947
Books
Box 2
Greer, Guy, ed. The Problem of the Cities and Towns. Conference on urbanism. Harvard University, (Earl Draper was a participant.)
March 5-6, 1942
Box 2
U.S. Federal Housing Administration. A Handbook on Urban Redevelopment for Cities in the United States. Washington, 1941. (E.S. Draper, Assistant Administrator)