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John Zemanek Architectural Papers

Identifier: 2015-004-2016-028

The John Zemanek Architectural Papers consist of the personal and professional records of architect and University of Houston professor John Zemanek. The records date from 1886 to 2016 and include correspondence, lecture notes, architectural drawings, photographs, and the materials for his memoir, "Being. . Becoming: An Acorn is to Become an Oak" (2015).

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  • 1886-2016
  • Majority of material found within 1930-2016


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


54.17 linear feet (49 boxes and 12 drawers of flat files)


These records are organized into four series:

Series I. Architectural practice, 1940-2015;

Series II. Personal, 1886-2016;

Series III. University of Houston, 1940-2016;

Series IV. Slides, 1976-2007.

Acquisition Information

Materials were donated by John Zemanek to University of Houston Libraries in 2015 and 2016.

Note on Harmful Language

In describing archival materials, Special Collections aims to respect individuals and communities represented in the collections in our care.

In the 2021 Special Collections reparative description project, staff decided to maintain potentially harmful language from original folder descriptions or titles in this finding aid to preserve the historical context of materials.

Processing Note

In 2022, Brooks Whittaker arranged and rehoused the materials, and created the collection description in compliance with current professional standards.

Guide to the John Zemanek Architectural Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA