In the Digital Library (http://digital.lib.uh.edu) you will find new collections selected by the staff of the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library. Evening Supervisor Chris Conway and Librarian Catherine Essinger either selected the projects below or organized the scanning and metadata. More collections are on their way.
The Kenneth Franzheim Collection is now available in the UH Digital Library!
Significant to the architectural history of Houston was the work of architect Kenneth Franzheim (1890–1959).
The Kenneth Franzheim Collection is comprised of photographs and architectural drawings and models of Franzheim’s work. In addition to Houston landmarks such as the Foley’s Building and the Gulf Building, the collection surveys a broad range of works; included are corporate offices, high-rise apartments, theaters, private residences, airport facilities and others. Beyond Houston, the works contained herein were built and/or proposed for a variety of locales within and outside Texas.
Represented are Franzheim’s contributions to the architectural landscapes of New York, Boston, Chicago and elsewhere. The collection’s images comprise the collected works of Franzheim as they appear in three self-published volumes: Kenneth Franzheim, Architect, New York City (1940), Drawings and Models of Some of the Recent Work of Kenneth Franzheim, Architect, Together with Sketches of a Few Proposed Buildings (1952ca) and Drawings and Models of Some of the Recent Work of Kenneth Franzheim, Architect, Together with Sketches of a Few Proposed Buildings (1960). The original texts are available in the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room.
Student artwork from the 2011 Student Art Exhibit held annually in the UH Libraries is now available in the UH Digital Library! If you missed your chance to see the 2011 Student Art Exhibit in person, you can now browse the works in the UH Digital Library.
The student art exhibit features artists from a variety of majors and concentrations across campus.
The exhibit also features a variety of media.
It is a juried competition that features prominent members of the Houston art scene as jurors. Works from the 2010 Student Art Exhibit are also available for viewing.
SEM (1863–1934), né Georges Goursat, was a French illustrator and caricaturist who rose to fame during the Belle Époque. The Digital Library’s SEM Collection is comprised of four volumes from the UH Architecture and Art Library’s Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room.
Le Vrai & le Faux Chic (1914),
White Bottoms (ca. 1920),
the self-titled SEM (ca. 1920),
and Le Nouveau Monde (1925)
Each volume affectionately and mercilessly documents the Parisian high society of a bygone era, and showcase the wild and whimsical work of SEM. The books are available in the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room.