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Maurice J. Sullivan Papers

Identifier: MSS 0054

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of correspondence, specifications, drawings, photographs, and other materials created during the process of many projects by Maurice Sullivan and his architectural partners. While the collection contains a few items related to the personal life of Sullivan the majority is focused on the work of his firms. This collection also contains documents relating to Sullivan's role as Treasurer for the American Institute of Architects.


  • 1904 - 1966
  • Majority of material found within 1923 - 1964

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Maurice J. Sullivan Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Maurice Joseph Sullivan was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 21, 1884. In 1908, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in structural and civil engineering. Entering the architecural profession through engineering was a common route for architects in the opening years of twentieth century. From 1912-1919 he was the City Architect of Houston and he began private practice in 1922. He married Anne King on October 24, 1911 and they had seven children. Their son, Charles Fitzsimon, joined his father's firm after graduating from the Rice Institute. A faithful Catholic and member of Holy Rosary Church, Sullivan is most well-known for his religious and educational architectural projects. Maurice Sullivan was the first Texan to serve as a national officer in the American Institute of Architects (AIA), serving as Treasurer. An AIA Fellow, he was president of the AIA Houston Chapter for several years. He died on December 15, 1961.


38.75 Linear Feet (73 boxes and 280 architectural drawings)

Language of Materials



This collection has been arranged into 11 series, with two subseries under Series 1. Due to previous refoldering, original order was lost. Series 2-9 feature office records related to particular projects. The current arrangement was made by grouping projects from the same client or subject together under the most relevant series. Of note, where school and religious material is contained in the same folder the school material was given precedence.

Series 1 Professional Records Subseries 1.1 Office and Career Subseries 1.2 AIA Membership and Leadership Series 2 Personal Records Series 3 Religious Projects Series 4 Educational Projects Series 5 Residential Projects Series 6 Commercial and Industrial Projects Series 7 Civic, Government, and Military Projects Series 8 Medical Projects Series 9 Other Projects Series 10 Photographs Series 11 Architectural Drawings

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Charles Sullivan in 1977 and 1978.

Related Materials

OH 0219 Maurice Sullivan; MSS 0318 Anne King Sullivan Papers; MSS 0115.002 Briscoe Small Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Samantha Bruer, October 2019

Samantha Bruer
October 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002