Bruce I. Crabtree architectural photography collection
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Airport buildings -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Andrew Jackson State Office Buildings (Nashville, Tenn.) -- Photographs.
Architects -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Architecture -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Auditoriums -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Bank buildings -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Bank buildings -- Tennessee, Middle.
Bicentennial Mall (Nashville, Tenn.).
Buildings -- North Carolina.
Buildings -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Buildings -- Tennessee, Middle.
Capitols -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Catholic church buildings -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Central business districts -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Church buildings -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Crabtree, Bruce I. -- 1923-2014.
Davidson County (Tenn.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Davidson County (Tenn.) -- History -- Sources.
Deaderick Street (Nashville, Tenn.).
Edgecombe County Courthouse (Tarboro, N.C.) -- Photographs.
Employees' buildings and facililties -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
First Baptist Church (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) -- Photographs.
Grace's Shop for Ladies (Nashville, Tenn.) -- Photographs.
High school buildings -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Hospital buildings -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
James K. Polk State Office Building (Nashville, Tenn.) -- Photographs.
Library buildings -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Livingston Academy High School (Livingston, Tenn.) -- Photographs.
Middle Tennessee State University. -- Charles M. Murphy Athletic Center.
Montgomery Bell Academy. -- Library -- Photographs.
Murray Ohio Manufacturing Company (Brentwood, Tenn.).
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- History -- Sources.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Social life and customs.
Nashville and Davidson County (Tenn.) -- History -- Sources.
Neighborhoods -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Office buildings -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Parking garages -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Plazas -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Public buildings -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Public libraries -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Public Library of Nashville and Davidson County -- Photographs.
Real property -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
School buildings -- North Carolina.
School buildings -- Tennessee.
Schools -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Schools -- Tennessee, Middle.
Skyscrapbers -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
St. Henry's Catholic Church (Nashville, Tenn.).
Tall buildings -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Tennessee -- Davidson County -- History -- Sources.
Tennessee Farm Bureau -- Photographs.
Tennessee Performing Arts Center -- Photographs.
Tennessee State Capitol (Nashville, Tenn.) -- Photographs.
YMCA of Middle Tennessee -- Photographs.

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Document/manuscript/pamphlet/archival material
Physical Desc
2.65 cu. ft. (11 boxes)


Organization & arrangement of materials
Organized into two series: I. Photographic prints and contact sheets; II. 35 mm color transparencies (2 x 2 slide mounts);,Arranged primarily by the building name or project code.
General Note
Materials housed in Special Collections Division of the Main Library, Nashville Public Library.
Restrictions on Access
In library use only. Available by appointment.
Scope and content: A photographic collection of 2133 images, spanning the dates ca. 1960-ca. 1988, donated by the Johnson Johnson Crabtree architectural firm, of Nashville, Tennessee, documenting four decades of the architectural project work of Bruce I. Crabtree, Jr., F.A.I.A., a senior founding partner in the firm. The collection is comprised of photographic images of design projects of the architectural firm, Taylor & Crabtree, comprised of photographic prints, contacts sheets, and 35 mm color slide transparencies, with a few data sheets related to the construction projects and specific buildings. The photographic images depict buildings chiefly in the Greater Nashville area, with representation of the architect's design projects in other locations in Tennessee, as well as North Carolina. The collection includes a few 35 mm color slides of Florida Southern College buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Series I. Photographic prints and contact sheets, ca. 1980, 1.5 cu. ft. (3 boxes: folders 10162). This series of architectural photography consists of 162 photographic prints and contact sheets, chiefly 8 x 10 black-and-white prints, with some smaller color photographic prints and data sheets about the construction projects and specific buildings. The images pertain to design projects of Taylor & Crabtree, a Nashville architectural firm. The photographs illustrate the architectural design work of Bruce I. Crabtree, represented in Nashville buildings such as the James K. Polk State Office Building and Cultural Center; Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan; Nashville Airport renovation; Church Street Plaza Municipal Parking Garage; St. Henry's Catholic Church; Montgomery Bell Academy Library; Grace's Ladies Shop in Green Hills; Parthenon Towers for the Elderly; Ben West Library; and Woodmont Baptist Church. Also, the Murphy Athletic and Convocation Building at Middle Tennessee State University; Murray Ohio Manufacturing Company, Brentwood, Tennessee; Livingston Academy High School, Livingston, Tennessee, and additional buildings located in Tennessee and North Carolina. Includes some interior views of the auditoriums of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Several photographs are identified with a stamp citing the photographer M. Thomas Johnson, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The origin of the other photographs is unknown.
Series II. 35 mm color transparencies (2 x 2 slide mounts), ca. 1960-ca. 1988, 1.15 cu. ft. (8 boxes: 1971 items). This series consists of 1970 35 mm color transparencies, plus one 4 x 5 negative. The largest component in the series represents the James K. Polk State Office Building and Cultural Center, in various stages of construction and completion. Other buildings include, but are not limited to, the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, Columbia, Tennessee; Edgecombe County Courthouse, Tarboro, North Carolina; St. Henry's Catholic Church, Nashville, Tennessee; Woodmont Baptist Church, Nashville, Tennessee; First Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; First Presbyterian Church, Franklin, Tennessee; Harpeth National Bank, Franklin, Tennessee; Y.M.C.A. Downtown Nashville; Robertson County Courthouse; and the Andrew Jackson State Office Building in downtown Nashville. Includes several photographs of regional hospital buildings in Middle Tennessee.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials
Cite as: Bruce I. Crabtree Architectural Photography Collection, Special Collections Division, Nashville Public Library
Immediate Source of Acquisition
David E. Johnson, Johnson Johnson Crabtree Architects, P.C.,,Gift;,2004.,Acc. 2004.017.
Biographical or Historical Data
Bruce I. Crabtree was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on September 1, 1923, but was raised in Delray Beach, Florida. When he was 16, his father died and he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he graduated from West End High School. During 1942-43, Crabtree was a student at Vanderbilt University, and, subsequently at Clemson College during 1943-44. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1948, and married Dolly Nance Fischer that same year. His career experience includes being a designer with Hart & McBryde, Nashville, 1948-52; a founding partner in the firm Taylor & Crabtree, Nashville, 1952-81; vice-president of the design and architectural department of Taylor & Crabtree-Wiley & Wilson, Nashville, 1981-84; vice-chairman of the board of Yearwood Johnson Stanton & Crabtree, Inc., Nashville, 1984-90; a partner of Johnson Johnson Crabtree Architects, P.C., Nashville, 1991-2014.
Biographical or Historical Data
Crabtree's education includes National Council of Architectural Registration Boards certification and a registered Architect in fifteen states and a fellow, American Institute of Architects in 1983. Crabtree wrote an architectural column for the Nashville Banner newspaper.
Biographical or Historical Data
A sampling of Crabtree's project experience in Nashville includes the James K. Polk State Office Building and Cultural Center (a complex including the Tennessee Performing Arts Center(TPAC) and the Tennessee State Museum); Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan; Grace's Plaza Shopping Center; Andrew Jackson State Office Building; Rachel Jackson State Office Building; Sheraton Music City Hotel/Convention Center; Downtown Y.M.C.A.; Nashville Public Library and five branches; Church Street Parking Facility; St. Henry's Catholic Church; Two Rivers Baptist Church; Grace Baptist Church; St. George's Episcopal Church; Ewers Residence; Woodmont Baptist Church; Metropolitan Federal Savings and Loan; and Court Square Parking Garage. Also, over fifty high, junior high, and elementary schools, as well as Middle Tennessee State University's Murphy Center (Athletic and Convocation Center) in Murfreesboro, Tennesse; the Webb School, Bell Buckle, Tennessee, and Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Biographical or Historical Data
A civic leader in the City of Belle Meade and Nashville, Crabtree was active in government service, planning boards, and commissions, including the Belle Meade Planning Commission. He also was a member of the Belle Meade City Commission and served as the Vice Mayor from 1988 to 1996. In 1989, Crabtree was active in the Mayor's Efficiency in Government Commission.
Biographical or Historical Data
Crabtree distinguished himself in several architectural, as well as philanthrophic club memberships, serving in executive leadership roles in organizations such as the Tennessee Society of Architects and the Middle Tennessee Chapter of American Institute of Architects. He died on May 3, 2014.
In English
Cumulative Index/Finding Aids
Finding aid available in repository; ,item level control. ,
Cumulative Index/Finding Aids
Finding aid available in repository; ,item level control ,
Process;,2009;,Leanne Garland.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use
No further accruals are expected.


APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Crabtree, B. I. Bruce I. Crabtree architectural photography collection .

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Crabtree, Bruce I., 1923-2014. Bruce I. Crabtree Architectural Photography Collection. .

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Crabtree, Bruce I., 1923-2014. Bruce I. Crabtree Architectural Photography Collection .

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Crabtree, Bruce I. Bruce I. Crabtree Architectural Photography Collection

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