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Philip Dole papers

Identifier: UA 041

Scope and Contents

Series I: Personal Papers includes biographical information, personal correspondence and samples of Dole’s work as a student. Subseries D contains information on Ben Childs, Dole's great-grandfather. Files are ordered alphabetically.

Series II: Professional Papers contains material from his professional correspondence, presentations given by Dole, reference files for historical and architectural associations and committees Dole was affiliated with (such as the Vernacular Architecture Forum and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office), awards, national register forms of historic places, and reference files on Dole’s areas of interest (e.g. paint preservation and lumber). Subseries A includes professional correspondence arranged in alphabetical order. Subseries D contains documents from architecture-related committees and associations Dole was actively involved with, arranged alphabetically by title. Subseries C consists of materials from presentations by Dole, as well as those he attended, arranged alphabetically by title. Subseries E is comprised of the awards Dole earned that funded and aided his research, arranged alphabetically. Subseries F is composed of the national historic property registration forms, mainly of places in the Pacific Northwest, arranged alphabetically by place. The largest subseries is Subseries G, which includes numerous subjects such as paint preservation, historic barns throughout the northwest, Hawaii plantations, etc. Subseries B was converted into Series IV due to the large amount of files about project-specific references.

Series III: Faculty Papers is composed of the administrative files, course materials and lecture notes for classes taught by Dole. Subseries A contains files regarding Dole’s service as UO faculty. Subseries B includes handouts for students in the classes he taught. Subseries C contains works by students taught by Dole. Subseries D consists of notes and note cards on lectures Dole instructed.

Series IV: Projects/Works/Writings comprises the reference files for the major projects and publications Dole worked on throughout the United States, as well as the publications Dole referenced for his works and classes. The bulk of the projects were focused in the Pacific Northwest and major projects included are the Wolf Creek Tavern, The Belknap Settlement, Balloon Frames and Barn Again. Projects are sorted alphabetically, reference publications are in no particular order.

Series V: Project Notebooks/Datebooks (1973-2005) consists of field notebooks and datebooks Dole used for many of his projects and daily life.

Series VI: Large Format Drawings consists mostly of Dole’s own drawings of his many projects. Also included are posters and topographical maps of the areas surrounding the various projects Dole had worked on.

Series VII: Photographs contains photos from Dole's projects, as well as many of Dole's students' projects.

Series VIII: Publications, Articles and Pamphlets is composed of a wide range of publications, including works by Dole, pamphlets, guidebooks, maps, booklets and articles from/about houses or areas Dole researched.

Series IX: Audio Materials is composed of recordings of an interview with Sam Brown regarding his work with Dole.


  • Creation: 1734 - 2007

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Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Collection includes sound recordings to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections and University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

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Property rights and copyrights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives.

Biographical / Historical

Philip H. Dole was born March 7th, 1921 in Hartford, Conn. to Summer Alvord and Florence Southward Hinkley Dole. Philip began his studies in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, which were interrupted by WWII. He served as a navigator in the Coast Guard during the war, participating in 33 successful destroyer escort missions during his service. After the war, Dole returned to school and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in architecture at Harvard and Columbia University, respectively. He started his career as a licensed architect in the state of New York and then moved to Oregon in 1956.

From 1956 to 1986, Dole served on the UO faculty. During this time, he was named editor of the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) in 1969 and taught the first ever historic preservation class at the university called “Historic Preservation Issues and Methods” in 1972. In 1976 Dole became a member of the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP). Shortly after he joined the SACHP, in 1979, Dole cofounded, along with Marian Donnelly, the first historic preservation graduate program west of the Mississippi.

Dole’s major focus was on construction and vernacular architecture throughout the northwest. He took part in many projects on historical properties between c.1840 and c.1930 throughout the Pacific Northwest. His research efforts gave rise to a few publications, such as The Picket Fence in Oregon: An American Vernacular Comes West and portions of Space, Style, and Structure.

Dole played a vital role in Oregon’s statewide historic preservation, setting the foundation of the historic preservation program authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. He also changed the graduation requirements of architecture students, requiring them to prepare national register nominations as a part of coursework.

He retired in 1986 but continued to advise students for many years after his retirement. Dole died of cancer in 2006.


126.75 linear feet (215 containers)

Language of Materials



Philip Dole (1921-2006) was an architect, professor, published writer and highly experienced in historic preservation. The collection contains a wide variety of correspondence, photos, works, notes, articles and many other reference files Dole used for his projects and publications on historical properties as well as for the classes he taught at the university.


Collection is organized into the following series:

Series I: Personal Papers Subseries A: Biographical Material Subseries B: Correspondence Subseries C: Student Work Subseries D: Benjamin Childs Collection

Series II: Professional Papers Subseries A: Correspondence Subseries B: (removed from collection) Subseries C: Presentations Subseries D: Associations and Committees Subseries E: Awards Subseries F: Research Notes Subseries G: Subject Files

Series III: Faculty Papers Subseries A: Administrative Subseries B: Course Materials Subseries C: Student Works Subseries D: Lecture Notes

Series IV: Projects/Works/Writings

Series V: Project Notebooks and Datebooks Subseries A: Project Notebooks Subseries B: Datebooks

Series VI: Large Format Drawings

Series VII: Photographs

Series VIII: Publications

Series IX: Audio Materials

Physical Description

97 manuscript boxes, 1 1/2 manuscript box, 35 record storage boxes, 4 irregular boxes, 78 oversize folders

Processing Information

Collection processed by Steven Glasgow and Austin Pliska, 2011-2013.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA