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Frederick Revels Papers

An inventory of his papers at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: Revels, Frederick William.
Title: Frederick Revels Papers
Dates: 1920-1936
Size: 1 box (0.5. linear feet)
Abstract: The Frederick Revels Papers include correspondence and Architecture Department documents from his time at Syracuse University.
Language: English
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


Frederick Revels

Frederick William Revels was born in Randolph, New York, 19th March 1869. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1895 with a degree in architecture and joined the faculty upon graduation. In 1900, he was made an associate professor and in 1902 acheived the rank of professor. By 1904 he was named director of the Architecture Department. In 1905 he married Lola Janet Searls of Fulton, New York. While on leave of absence in 1922, Revels organized the architectural course at the University of Puerto Rico. The following year he was awarded the degree of Masters of Architecture by that university.

In collaboration with Professor Earl Hallenbeck, Revels designed many campus buildings, among them Lyman Hall, Bowne Hall, the Carnegie Library, the original Haven Hall Dormitory, Sims Hall, and Archbold Gymnasium.

Revels was a member of the American Institute of Architects from 1908 and a fellow of the organization from 1930. He belonged to Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and was a past president of the Syracuse Society of Architects.

Frederick William Revels died on 14th October 1937.

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Scope and Content Note

The Frederick Revels Papers date from 1920 to 1936 and cover several aspects of his life at Syracuse University. Included in the papers are: correspondence relating to academia, featuring most prominently L.C. Dillenbeck, Harold L. Butler, Frederick Roy Lear and Chancellor Charles Flint; curriculum information from Syracuse University's Architecture Department and Graduate School; a file on external architecture awards and societies; University staff lists and examination information; and materials relating to Revels's role as a tutor-adviser at Syracuse University.

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Access Restrictions

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

One folder is restricted due to confidential student information.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Selected Search Terms


Butler, Harold L.
Dillenbeck, L.C.
Flint, Charles W., 1878-1964.
Lear, Frederick Roy.
Revels, Frederick William.
Syracuse University.


Syracuse (N.Y.) -- History.
College teachers.
Higher education.

Types of material


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Frederick Revels Papers,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

There is no information concerning when or by whom the collection was donated to the University Archives.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Lafiya Watson
Date: 2001
Revision history: Processed by Erin Lee and Charlene Martin, 2012; converted to EAD by Erin Lee, 2012.

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Files are arranged in alphabetical order.

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Box 1 Architecture Awards and Prizes 1935-1936, undated
Box 1 H.L. Butler 1935
Box 1 L.C. Dillenbeck 1935, undated
Box 1 F.R. Lear 1935-1936, undated
Box 1 F. Revels 1929-1932
Box 1 F. Revels 1934
Box 1 F. Revels 1935-1936
Box 1 Fine Arts and Architecture Societies 1935, undated
Box 1 Fine Arts News 1930, 1934
Box 1 Miscellaneous 1934-1935, undated - Statistics relating to University Schools of Architecture, Syarcuse University Fine Arts leaflet and handwritten notes
Box 1 Syracuse University Architecture Course Curriculum 1920-1922, 1933-1935, undated
Box 1 Syracuse University Architecture Department and Library 1935, undated
Box 1 Syracuse University Examination Information 1933, 1935-1936
Box 1 Syracuse University Graduate School 1933
Box 1 Tutor-Adviser Information 1930, 1932-1933, 1935, undated
Box 1 Tutor-Adviser Information 1925, 1931-1932, 1934-1935, undated
RESTRICTED: Papers contain confidential materials
Box 1 University Staff Lists 1933

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