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Seymour M. Tatar Papers

Identifier: MSS 0480

Content Description

The collection consists primarily of slides from educational, medical, housing, shopping centers, and other projects throughout Maryland, Florida, and Texas. While most of the material is undated, based on architectural styles and the creator’s career most of the projects may have been completed in the 1960s through 1970s.


  • c. 1960s-1970s


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Seymour M. Tatar Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Seymour Machell Tatar was born in Houston, Texas in 1930 and grew up in the surrounding suburban areas. Tatar’s father, Herbert Tatar, was an immigrant from Russian-ruled Lithuania. After initially peddling along the Texas-Mexico border, Herbert Tatar owned a lumberyard and became a real estate developer in the Pasadena, Texas area. Some of the streets in the city are named for the Tatar family, such as Tatar St (now Pasadena Blvd), Seymour St and Leonard St. After studying at the University of Virginia, University of Texas, and the University of Houston, Tatar moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he worked as a city planner for the Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Agency. After working together as city planners, Seymour Tatar and William Boulton 'Bo' Kelly Jr. founded the architectural and urban design firm Tatar and Kelly, Inc. in Baltimore. The firm provided real estate developing and design/build contracting services in the public and private sectors for Maryland, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, and Washington, DC. Tatar was later a partner of Tatar Lininger Clark Wood, Inc. After returning to the Houston area, he worked for Phillips & Brown on architectural and civic planning projects from 1989 to 1991. Tatar also worked as a real estate developer and contractor builder in the Houston area under the name, S. Tatar, Inc. He passed away on September 21, 2019.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Original order kept. Series were created using the labels of the binders the slides were housed in at the time of donation.

Series 1 Educational Series 2 Housing Series 3 Medical Series 4 Planning Projects Series 5 Shopping Malls Series 6 Project Directory (A-Z)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Seymour M. Tatar in January 2017.

Related Materials

OH 0592 Seymour M. Tatar

Processing Information

Processed by Audel Acosta, July 2017
  • Architects Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Samantha Bruer
April 2020
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


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