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Barbee Family Collection

Identifier: MSS.1443

Scope and Contents

The Barbee Family Collection is comprised primarily of photographs of the family from 1894 to 1982.


  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 1930-1950
  • 1930 - 1976, 1930 - 1950

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Barbee Family Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

William C. Barbee is the principal architect at Barbee Architects, Inc., an award-winning architecture, interior architecture, and preservation firm practicing in Austin, Texas. Project types include banks, hospitality, retail, and fitness centers in addition to the firm's residential and ranching headquarters projects. Most recent awards include the 2002 Texas Society of Architects Design Award, the AIA Austin 2002 Honor Award, the AIA/Western Homes Design Award, and the 2003 Austin Business Journal Award. The firm's work has been represented in numerous publications, including: Texas Architect, Sunset Magazine, Southern Living, Austin Business Journal, Austin American Statesman, Metal Architecture, Details in Architecture 5, Social Spaces, and The Gateway Home.

William C. Barbee graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Natural Sciences/Pre-Medical in 1973 and a Master of Arts in Biomedical Science from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1975. He entered the New York School of Interior Design where he studied under Guiseppe Zambonini, Michael Kahlil and George Ranali. He received a Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981 with a specialty in Historic Preservation and adaptive use.

Mr. Barbee's academic career includes a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Texas A & M University, Lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin and at San Antonio, and Assistant Professor in graduate studies at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

References: Barbee Inc. William Clayton Barbee, AIA (n.d.) Retrieved August 8, 2006, from


3.5 Linear feet, (2 document boxes)


The Barbee Family Collection is comprised primarily of photographs of the family from 1894 to 1982.

Arrangement note

  1. Series 1: Genealogy
  2. Series 2: Other Media
  3. Series 3: Photographs


Items are arranged by subject or format designated by three series.

Acquisition Information

The Barbee Family Collection was acquired by Ms. Toni Lambert, Deputy Director of Library Operations, Houston Public Library on July 7, 2006, in Austin, Texas. Items were donated to the library by William Clayton Barbee, Sr., July 7, 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by: Charles Stephenson and Tammy Jordan, completed August 2006.

Barbee Family Collection MSS.1443
Finding aid prepared by Archival Staff.
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002