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Charles W. Dawson Photograph Album

Identifier: PICT-2012-007

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a photo album documenting the buildings designed by architect, Charles W. Dawson. Photos are black and white and sepia. Early projects were commissioned in Lima, OH (Lima Memorial Hall and the Carnegie Library). Much of Dawson’s work was centered in Muskogee, OK, including schools, churches, a firehouse, office buildings, and hospital. Particularly notable are additions to Bacone Indian University, built 1922-1924 (science hall, men’s dormitory, and dining hall) and the Murrow Indian Orphan’s home. Dawson collaborated on both of these projects with the Architectrual Department of the American Baptist Home Mission Society.


  • 1900s-1920s


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for copyright compliance. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.

Biographical Information

Charles W. Dawson was born in 1867 in Plainfield, NJ. He attended Haverford College, PA, and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1888), where he received his architectural training. He interned with Henry Van Brunt in Kansas City, MO, and then settled down in Lima, OH. He received commissions for public, private, and commercial buildings. Dawson was joined in his practice by Thomas D. McLaughlin in 1906. By 1910, the firm, Dawson, Kedian, & Valeur was operating in Muskogee, OK. At times in his career, Dawson worked independently. Following a move to Corpus Christi, TX, Dawson was commissioned to work on new buildings for the campuses of Bacone Indian University and the Murrow Indian Orphans’ Home, back in Muskogee. Dawson, the first president of the Oklahoma Chapter, A.I.A., died in 1928.


80 items (1 box) : 1 album with 80 photographs

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The collection consists of an album with black and white and sepia photos of buildings designed by architect Charles Dawson. Notable projects include the Bacone Indian College and Murrow Indian Orphan’s Home, both in Muskogee Oklahoma.
Finding Aid of the Charles W. Dawson Photograph Album, 1900s-1920s
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131