Overview

Title: Graham Erskine Records
Creator(s): Erskine, Graham, 1911-
Collection Number: 83-08
Dates (inclusive): 1948-1985
Physical Extent: 8.0 cubic feet (20 boxes)
Preferred Citation: Graham Erskine Records, 83-08. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno
Repository: University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department
Permanent Link: http://dewey.library.unr.edu/xtf/view?docId=ead/83-08-ead.xml

Biographical Note

Graham Erskine, a native of New York, received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University. In 1938 he was awarded his doctor of architecture degree from the University of Rome, Italy. Mr. Erskine came to Reno in 1946 where he went to work on a temporary basis with Lehman “Monk” Ferris. His first assignment was to produce preliminary designs for Reno High School; those designs were selected by the Reno School Board and Erskine was asked by Ferris to remain permanently in Reno. In 1957 Erskine became Ferris’ partner, founding the firm Ferris and Erskine (which was also known as Ferris, Erskine, and Calef in the early 1960s). From 1970-1983 Erskine was partner with Esley D. Harden in the firm Erskine and Harden Architects; from 1984 until his death he worked as sole owner of Graham Erskine Architect.

Graham Erskine was the author of Nevada’s licensing act for architects which was enacted in 1947 and strengthened every year until it became in Erskine’s mind, “one of the best registration laws among the fifty states.”* He also founded the northern Nevada chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and taught architectural design at the University of Nevada, Reno, from 1954-1956.

Erskine's practice consisted primarily of commercial and institutional buildings in and around Reno and Carson City, rather than residences. As examples of his diversity, he designed Reno and Hug High Schools; Harold's Club; the Nevada Legislative Building; additions to St. Mary's Hospital; the College of Education building at the University of Nevada, Reno; the Nevada Employment Security Division administration building in Carson City; the administration building for Bell Telephone Company of Nevada in Reno; many First Interstate and First National Banks in Reno; and the Senior Citizens’ Center in Reno.

A memorial endowed scholarship fund has been established in honor of Graham Erskine by the Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The scholarship fund will support undergraduate students in the Architecture Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

* Richard D. Adkins, “Oral History Interview with Graham Erskine.” Nevada Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, 1990, p.4. Manuscript available in the UNR Special Collections Department.

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Scope and Content

The records of Graham Erskine consist of 8 cubic feet and are mainly specifications and contracts for commercial and institutional building projects mainly in Reno and Carson City. Included are many governmental buildings for the cities of Reno and Sparks; remodeling of the state Legislative Building, Carson City; numerous Nevada Bell offices; hospitals; and elementary, high schools and University of Nevada, Reno buildings. Included are some personal papers and a lecture series delivered at UNR in 1965; some records are on microfilm.

The collection is divided into two series. The projects, located in Series 1, cover the years from 1948-1985. Specifications have been placed in rough alphabetical order by client or institution name with additional work for each client in chronological order. Most specifications are bound and job numbers are included, if known. Some records are on microfilm but the film is not on reels.

There are some personal papers which have been placed in Series 2, which consists of various job listings and applications, a lecture series on the city of Reno’s architecture, as well as three plaques. These plaques reflect some of the honors Graham Erskine collected over the course of his professional life.

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Graham Erskine in 1983.

Separated Materials

Photographs have been transferred to the Special Collections Department photo archive as collection number UNRS-P1993-19

Related Materials

Researchers interested in the drawings should refer to Special Collections Architectural Collection NAA10 for a list of Erskine’s drawings.

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Arrangement

  • The records of Graham Erskine have been organized into two series, arranged by project name and date:
  • Series 1: Specifications and contracts
  • Series 2: Personal papers

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of the University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno. Researchers wishing to find related materials are encouraged to use the following index terms:

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Administrative Information

Collection processed by Susan Searcy, November 1994. Finding aid prepared by Susan Searcy, November 1994. Finding aid revised by Jacquelyn Sundstrand and Jessica Maddox, May 2009. This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 12, 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Records

Series 1: Specifications and Contracts, 1948-1985 (85 items)

Specifications and contracts are arranged by client or institution name in rough alphabetical order. Within each job if additional work was done for the client, the jobs are arranged in chronological order. Most specifications are bound. Job numbers are given, if known.

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1/S1
1
Bell Telephone Company of Nevada, Reno: Toll & Tandem Building, Job #292, March 10, 1958

1/S1
2
Bell Telephone Company of Nevada: Microwave Buildings, October 15, 1958

1/S1
3
Bell Telephone Company of Nevada: Microwave Building # 1, October 15, 1958
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2/S1
4
Bell Telephone Company of Nevada: Crystal Bay #5, Crossbar Office, April 16, 1962
2/S1
5
Bell Telephone Company of Nevada: Administration Building, Reno, Nevada, May 1, 1963
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3/S1
6
Bell Telephone Company of Nevada: Addition to Toll & Tandem Building, Reno, Nevada, March 18, 1966
3/S1
7
Nevada Bell: Administration Building Addition, Plumb Lane, Reno, Nevada, June 29, 1970
3/S1
8
Nevada Bell: Administrative Building, Reno, Nevada, Microfilm [See Box ­­19 for microfilm], July 28, 1970
3/S1
9
Nevada Bell: Reno, Nevada, May 18, 1971
3/S1
10
Nevada Bell: Additional Office Building, Microfilm [See Box ­­19 for microfilm], October 29, 1973
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4/S1
11
Carson-Tahoe Hospital: County of Ormsby, Carson City, Nevada, January 15, 1967
4/S1
12
Department of Motor Vehicles Building, Carson City, Nevada, February 9, 1965
4/S1
13
Douglas County Court House: Additions, Minden, Nevada, December 3, 1963
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5/S1
14
Elko General Hospital: Existing Building Contract A; New Building Contract B, Elko, Nevada, August 15, 1957
5/S1
15
Federated Church, Reno, Nevada, June 1, 1962
5/S1
16
First Interstate Bank of Nevada: Operations Center Additions, Reno, Nevada, Job #81-9N., December 15, 1981
5/S1
17
First Interstate Bank of Nevada: Operations Center-Phase II, Reno, Nevada, Job #82-4, December 14, 1982
5/S1
18
First Interstate Bank of Nevada: Operations Center, Relocation of Auditor’s Department, Second Floor, Reno, Nevada, September 8, 1983
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6/S1
19
First Interstate Bank of Nevada: Matley Lane Warehouse and Office Alterations, Reno, Nevada, October 6, 1983
6/S1
20
First Interstate Bank of Nevada: Matley Lane Warehouse and Office Alterations, Supplemental General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, Reno, Nevada, October 6, 1983
6/S1
21
First Interstate Bank of Nevada: Operations Center, Bankcard Department, Second Floor, Reno, Nevada, October 27, 1983
6/S1
22
First Interstate Bank of Nevada: Main Office, Second Floor Alterations, Reno, Nevada, December 7, 1983
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7/S1
23
First Interstate Bank of Nevada: Garage Alterations, Reno, Nevada, December 19, 1983
7/S1
24
First Interstate Bank of Nevada: Garage Screen, Reno, Nevada, January 6, 1984
7/S1
25
Procter R. Hug High School: Washoe County School District, Reno, Nevada, February 5, 1967
7/S1
26
Procter R. Hug High School: Playfield, Washoe County School District, Reno, Nevada, March 15, 1967
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8/S1
27
Lovelock, Nevada: Pershing County School Building Program, [brochure], October 1958
8/S1
28
Lovelock Elementary School for Consolidated School District # 1 Addition, Pershing County, Nevada, May 7, 1954
8/S1
29
Lovelock School Additions & Alterations and Imlay School Unit, Pershing County, Nevada, November 10, 1959
8/S1
30
Mt. Grant General Hospital, Hawthorne, Nevada, June 17, 1963
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9/S1
31
Olga's Beauty Supply, North Las Vegas, Nevada, December 10, 1985
9/S1
32
Reno High School, Reno, Nevada, January 1, 1948
9/S1
33
[City of Reno] Municipal Swimming Pool, Moana Recreation Center, Reno, Nevada, November 16, 1959
9/S1
34
Convent, Reno, Nevada, July-August 1979
9/S1
35
[City of Reno] Public Works Maintenance Building, Reno, Nevada, July 18, 1978
9/S1
36
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Reno, Nevada, December 14, 1973
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10/S1
37
Sierra Pacific Power Company: Operations Center, December 15, 1962
10/S1
38
City of Sparks: Municipal Services Center, Sparks, Nevada, June 6, 1966
10/S1
39
City of Sparks: Police Department Building Fire Station No.1, Sparks, Nevada, March 15, 1967
10/S1
40
City of Sparks: Training Center Fire Station No.2, 21st St. & Frazer Ave, Sparks, Nevada, March 15, 1967
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11/S1
41
City of Sparks: City Hall Complex on Prater Way & 4th Street, Sparks, Nevada, June 1, 1967
11/S1
42
City of Sparks: City Hall & Center, Sparks, Nevada, September 19, 1968
11/S1
43
St. Mary's Hospital: New West Wing, Alterations to Existing Building, Reno, Nevada, June 30, 1950
11/S1
44
St. Mary's Hospital: Additions & Alterations, Reno, Nevada, April 20, 1960
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12/S1
45
St. Mary's Hospital: Additions & Alternatives, Reno, Nevada, June 4, 1965
12/S1
46
Stead Air Force Housing: 645-Unit Armed Services Housing Project for Stead Air Force Base, Nevada, June 23, 1956
12/S1
47
State of Nevada, Department of Highways: Motor Pool Maintenance Station, Carson City, Nevada, November 13, 1962
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13/S1
48
State of Nevada, Department of Highways: Administration Building & Laboratory, Carson City, Nevada, April 22, 1963
13/S1
29
[State of Nevada] Nevada National Guard: Ely and Winnemucca Armories, October 13, 1958
13/S1
50
[State of Nevada] Legislative Building: Capitol Complex, Carson City, Nevada, 1967
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14/S1
51
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: General correspondence, 1967-1968
14/S1
52
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: General correspondence #2, part 1, 1967-1972
14/S1
53
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: General correspondence #2, part 2, 1967-1972
14/S1
54
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Mechanical & Electrical, 1967
14/S1
55
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Alternatives & Acoustical Study, 1968-1978
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15/S1
56
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Landscaping correspondence, 1968-1970
15/S1
57
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Site correspondence, 1968-1972
15/S1
58
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Remodel correspondence, 1978-1979
15/S1
59
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Capitol Complex Remodel, Carson City, Nevada, May 1, 1980
15/S1
60
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Remodel correspondence, part 1, 1979-1981
15/S1
61
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Remodel correspondence, part 2, 1979-1981
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16/S1
62
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Remodel correspondence #2, 1980-1981
16/S1
63
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Annex correspondence, 1980-1985
16/S1
64
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Remodel, 1982-1983
16/S1
65
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Modify, 1982-1983
16/S1
66
[State of Nevada] Legislature, 1983
16/S1
67
[State of Nevada] State of Nevada Legislative Building: Study for an Addition, 1984
16/S1
68
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Expansion Study, Undated
16/S1
69
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building, Capitol Complex: Equipment Storage Area for Security, Carson City, Nevada, July 24, 1984
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17/S1
70
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building, Capitol Complex: Assembly Speaker's Office, Carson City, Nevada, September 24, 1984
17/S1
71
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Security, 1984
17/S1
72
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Computer Room, 1984
17/S1
73
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Assembly Speaker’s Office, 1984
17/S1
74
[State of Nevada] State Legislative Building: Study for an Addition, drawn for the Commission, 1985
17/S1
75
University of Nevada, Reno: Jot Travis Student Union, 1956
17/S1
76
University of Nevada, Reno: Housing for Married Students & Faculty, March 30, 1959
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18/S1
77
University of Nevada, Reno: Addition to Student Union Building & Student Health Facility, May 29, 1962
18/S1
78
University of Nevada, Reno: Acoustical Analysis and Recommendations, Auditorium and Television Studios, College of Education Building, March 11, 1970
18/S1
79
University of Nevada, Reno: College of Education Building, February 1, 1971
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19/S1
80
Nevada Bell: Administrative Building, Reno, Nevada, Microfilm [Removed from Box 3], July 28, 1970
19/S1
81
Nevada Bell: Additional Office Building, Microfilm [Removed from Box 3], October 29, 1973
19/S1
82
Convent, Reno, Nevada, Microfilm [Removed from Box 9], July-August 1979
19/S1
83
[City of Reno] Public Works Maintenance Building, Reno, Nevada, Microfilm [Removed from Box 9], July 18, 1978
19/S1
84
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Reno, Nevada, Microfilm [Removed from Box 9], December 14, 1973
19/S1
85
City of Sparks: City Hall and Center, Sparks, Nevada, Microfilm [Removed from Box 11], September 19, 1968

Series 2: Personal Papers, 1951-1984 (11 items)

Series 2 contains a number of pieces relating to Graham Erskine’s professional jobs, including various resumes, applications and three plaques, as well as some correspondence and office files. Also included is a lecture series he gave concerning the City of Reno and its architecture.

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Item
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9/S2
1
“Reno--Haven or Hovel” A Lecture Series by Mr. Graham Erskine, University of Nevada, Reno. Photocopy, original in University Archives, April 1965
9/S2
2
“Reno--Haven or Hovel” lecture series by Mr. Graham Erskine, Reno, Nevada, 1969
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19/S2
3
Application for position of Architect on New Ormsby County High School, November 24, 1967
19/S2
4
Architects & Engineers Professional Liability Insurance, January 1, 1984
19/S2
5
Correspondence, Christmas list, 1976
19/S2
6
File categories, office regulations, project listing, list of specifications, warehouse inventory, office inventory. [file], 1964-1972
19/S2
7
Job Listings. [file], 1964-1972
19/S2
8
Nevada State Journal, Supplement. “The New High School.”, September 8, 1951
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20/S2
9
“Suicide Prevention and Crisis Call Center for Continued Interest, Contribution and Dedication to Graham Erskine, Charter Member Board of Directors, 1969-1989.” [plaque], Undated
20/S2
10
“American Arbitration Association, Service as Arbitrator, Graham Erskine.” [plaque], Undated
20/S2
11
“Nevada Chapter, Graham Erskine, in Recognition of 32 Years Dedicated Service to Nevada’s Construction Industry 1978.” [plaque], Undated