University Archives Finding Aids

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465 Drawings

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Architectural drawings of the firm of William King Stubbs and Associates of Monroe, Louisiana, including Sanborn maps of Monroe, Louisiana in 1932. 439 folders of architectural drawings (some job numbers are missing). There are also various architectural drawings from the Louisiana Tech University Architecture Department sent to SCMA when the department relocated to Hale Hall.

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The prominent architect William King Stubbs (1909-1986) was born and attended public schools in Monroe, Louisiana. After receiving the Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tulane University in 1931, he was licensed to practice in 1936. Stubbs was associated with the Monroe architectural firms of J.W. Smith and Associates (1931-1938, partner 1934-1938) and Smith, Padgett and Stubbs (partner, 1938-1946). After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he organized the firm of William King Stubbs and Associates in 1946.

Stubbs was responsible for building many churches, public buildings, and houses in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Noteworthy are the Caldwell Parish High School (Columbia, Louisiana, 1965), the women's dormitory at Northeast Louisiana State University (Monroe) (1965), the Ouachita Parish High School (Monroe, 1966), the Ruston State School (Ruston, Louisiana, 1969), and the Columbia State School (Columbia, 1970).

He also was associated with his father in the cultivation of pecans, serving as executive director of Stubbs Pecanland, Inc. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects, serving as vice president of the Monroe chapter in 1948 and 1960, the Bicentennial Commission in Monroe, and several civic organizations.

Biographical information from John F. Gane (ed.), American Architects Directory (3rd ed.: New York: R.R. Bowker, 1970, p. 891) and Glenn R. Conrad (genl. ed.), A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography (New Orleans: Louisiana Historical Association, 1988, vol. II, p. 774).