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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on Cromwell Architects, 1995
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Scope and Contents Note
This collection contains the project report, interview transcripts, and video and audiocassette tapes from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Seminar in Public History's 1995 project, "Cromwell Architects Engineers at 110: A Retrospective," directed by Deborah J. Baldwin, Ph.D., which includes a history of Cromwell Architects and interviews with former architects, engineers, project managers, and staff.
Project staff: Lea Flowers Baker, Edward J. Chess, Jill Patricia Dixon, Jennifer L. Faith, Ann A. McElmurry, Frances A. Morgan, Christopher P. Nolte, Dana M. Simmons, and Georganne Sisco.
Cromwell Architects Engineers began in 1885, making it one of the oldest architectural firms in the nation. In 1886, Charles Thompson was hired as a draftsman by Benjamin J. Bartlett. After Bartlett had moved to Mississippi, Thompson was running the company in 1890. By 1895, Thompson had worked with civil engineer Fred Rickon and together they had designed 45 buildings, 24 of which were in Little Rock.
In 1916, the firm’s name became Thompson and Harding when Thomas Harding, Jr., became partners with Thompson after joining the company in 1898. By 1916, the firm had completed hundreds of buildings across the nation. Several other architects had also worked for the firm, including Theo Sanders and Frank Ginocchio, who was a part of the staff supervising the construction of the Arkansas State Capital. In 1927, the firm changed its name to Thompson, Sanders, and Ginocchio.
Thompson retired in 1938. After Sanders later left the firm, Edwin Boykin Cromwell was invited to join the company. Ginocchio and Cromwell divided responsibilities with Ginocchio remaining on construction supervision and Cromwell taking up the duties of design, drafting, and business management. The pair was responsible for the design of the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. As time went on, the firm expanded and, in 1954, engineering services were being offered. In 1962, Eugene P. Levy came to work for the firm and later became the CEO.
In 2000, the firm changed its name to Cromwell Architects Engineers. Today, the company has produced over 2,000 buildings and their designs can be seen all around the world.
Historical Note on UALR Seminar in Public History
The Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) is a required course restricted to graduate students in the Masters of Arts in Public History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Through direct readings and extensive research on specialized topics in public history, graduate students concentrate on basic skills needed for all specialized topics in public history. The objective of this course is for graduate students to experience team-research in the application of learned skills in report preparation, oral history, exhibition preparation, cultural resource management, and conservation techniques under a simulated contractual arrangement with a company or non-profit agency.
Cromwell Architects Engineers (Ark.).
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Department of History. (source)
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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on Cromwell Architects, 1995, UALR.MS.0228. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.
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Description of item, file number, box number, UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on Cromwell Architects, 1995, UALR.MS.0228.
Anne Frymark, Graduate Assistant, M.A. in Public History, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Spring 2013. Adrienne McGill, Graduate Assistant, M.A. in Public History, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Spring 2013.