Elizabeth Sparks Adams papers: 1861-2001 (bulk 1930-1970s)
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Landscape architectural drawings [series]

The landscape architectural drawings series documents the sisters' Ann Arbor-based landscape design practice begun in the 1930s. This series begins with some of their student projects from graduate school at the University of Michigan followed by commissions in Ann Arbor (mainly in the 1930s and 1940s), several later design commissions from the 1940s after they had relocated to Lansing, and finally with a subseries of landscape projects undertaken for the Michigan Highway Department.

Pencil and watercolor on heavyweight paper were used for most of the Student Projects from the early 1930s. This subseries consists of plans and elevation drawings for public facilities, including a teahouse, an automobile club, a military entrance, and a roadside market. Also part of this subseries are two pencil-drawn plans for a residential district of a city and two colored drawings of a playground park plan. Some of the drawings are signed by Alice or Jessie; others are not, but are obviously by the same hand(s).

The bulk of the series is made up of two subseries of landscape project drawings for a number of Michigan clients in the 1930s and 1940s; one subseries documents commissions within Ann Arbor, the other covers Michigan Projects outside of the city. These drawings include general landscape plans, detailed planting plans, building elevation drawings, and some plans and sketches for garden structures such as rose arbors, summer houses, and pools. The formats include pencil drawings on tracing paper, photocopies of such drawings, and blueprints. There is some duplication of drawings in different formats.

Some projects are fully documented by several drawings, while others consist of only one plan. Most of the work is by Jessie Bourquin, who carried on the practice alone after Alice relocated to Lansing in 1935. The finely detailed plans and beautifully executed drawings attest to a high level of professional skill, as well as to the assiduous attention to detail for which the Bourquins became known. Intricate planting plans include dozens of varieties of flowers, trees, and shrubs arranged in multiple beds.

In addition to illustrating the sisters' professional capabilities, the Bourquins' drawings help to document the "end of an era" in Ann Arbor and other communities -- the decline of the leisured, aristocratic estate lifestyle of the well-to-do in early twentieth century America. The Bourquins ended their practice and sought new careers as the Depression dampened demand for luxuries like landscaping, and after World War II different, less elaborate architectural tastes came to the fore.

 
Student Projects 1932-1934 [subseries]
Drawer   226 Folder   1
Roadside market sketches and plans
Drawer   226 Folder   1
Automobile club sketches and plans
Drawer   226 Folder   1
Residential district plans
Drawer   226 Folder   1
Playground park plans
Drawer   226 Folder   1
Tea house sketches and plans
Drawer   226 Folder   1
Entrance for a military cemetery sketch
Drawer   226 Folder   1
Villa Lante plan
Drawer   226 Folder   1
Landscape plan for Mrs. John Bentley
Drawer   226 Folder   2
Golf course subdivision plan
Drawer   226 Folder   2
Detroit recreational park plans
Drawer   226 Folder   2
Miscellaneous
 
Ann Arbor Projects 1934-1971, 1934-1941 [subseries]
Drawer   226 Folder   3
Alexander Ruthven 1934, 1937-1938
Drawer   226 Folder   4
Mrs. Alex Dow 1935, 1938 "Brushwood" (Barton Hills) 1935-1938
Drawer   226 Folder   5
Mrs. Mary Church 1937
Drawer   226 Folder   5
Professor Clifford Woody 1937
Drawer   226 Folder   5
Mrs. R.B. Canfield 1937
Drawer   226 Folder   5
Dr. Bradley Patten 1937
Drawer   226 Folder   5
Misses Hinsdale 1937
Drawer   226 Folder   5
Drs. Bert and Beth Heberer 1937
Drawer   226 Folder   5
U-M Press Building
Drawer   226 Folder   5
Dr. and Mrs. Edgar A. Kahn 1949
Drawer   226 Folder   5
Mr. and Mrs. R. S. McNamara 1949
Drawer   226 Folder   6
Ernest Evans 1937
Drawer   226 Folder   6
Dr. Paul Barker 1937-1938
Drawer   226 Folder   6
Bruce Fralick 1937-1938
Drawer   88 Folder   7
Dr. Malcolm Soule 1938
Drawer   88 Folder   7
Dr. John Alexander 1939
Drawer   88 Folder   7
University of Michigan Martha Cook Dormitory 1938
Drawer   88 Folder   8
Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Weir 1940
Drawer   88 Folder   8
Mrs. H. H. Seeley 1940
Drawer   88 Folder   8
Dr. Karl Malcolm 1940-1941
Drawer   88 Folder   8
Mrs. F. C. Karl 1943
Drawer   88 Folder   9
Sigma Phi 1964
Drawer   88 Folder   9
Hilldene Manor 1947
Drawer   88 Folder   9
Mrs. Walter Prochnow 1938
Drawer   88 Folder   9
First Methodist Church 1940
Drawer   88 Folder   9
Dr. and Mrs. Albert C. Furstenberg 1951
Drawer   88 Folder   9
Mr. and Mrs. Arjay R. Miller 1951
Drawer   88 Folder   9
Mrs. Carl Badgley 1938
Drawer   88 Folder   9
Gamma Phi Beta 1945
Drawer   88 Folder   10, 10-a
Hillwood Subdivision 1953-1971 (scattered)
Tube   1  
Glendale on the Parkway plans 1912

(Olmsted Bros. project in Ann Arbor on the same site as the later Hillwood project of the Bourquins)

 
Michigan Projects Outside Of Ann Arbor 1935-1949 [subseries]
Drawer   89 Folder   11
Mrs. Louis Mendelssohn (Grosse Pointe Shores) 1935
Drawer   89 Folder   11
Covert Robertson (Pleasant Ridge) 1936
Drawer   89 Folder   11
Glenn Pickett (East Lansing) 1936
Drawer   89 Folder   11
Mr. Boughton (Maceday Lake, Oakland County)
Drawer   89 Folder   11
Dr. J. J. Woods (Ypsilanti) 1941
Drawer   89 Folder   11
D.W. Martin (Ypsilanti) 1941
Drawer   89 Folder   11
James W. Macmeekin (Saginaw) 1949
Drawer   89 Folder   12
O. E. Robbins (Dearborn) 1941
Drawer   89 Folder   12
Max Whitmore (Okemos) 1948
Drawer   89 Folder   12
R.C. Whitmore (Indian Hills subdivision) 1947
Drawer   89 Folder   13
Mr. and Mrs. Claud R. Erickson (Lansing) 1949
Drawer   89 Folder   13
Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Summerfield (Flint) 1941
Drawer   89 Folder   13
Mr. and Mrs. M. Davison, Jr. (Flint) 1946
Drawer   89 Folder   13
Methodist Home (Chelsea). 1942
Drawer   89 Folder   13
City of Port Huron sewage and garbage treatment plant 1945
Drawer   89 Folder   13
City of Niles sewage treatment plant 1949
Drawer   89 Folder   13
Briggs Co. (St. Johns) 1948
Drawer   89 Folder   13
Mrs. G.L. Buhrman (Mullet Lake) undated
Drawer   89 Folder   13
Proposed Garden of the Nations undated
Drawer   89 Folder   13
Mackenzie Manor Housing (Detroit) 1939
Drawer   89 Folder   13-A
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Nash (Saginaw) 1941
 
Highway Department Landscape Projects 1930s-1960s (scattered) [subseries]
Drawer   89 Folder   14
Near Willow Run Bomber plant
Drawer   89 Folder   14
Edsel Ford Expressway circa 1950
Drawer   89 Folder   15
Muskegon (Nunica-Muskegon Rd.; US 16 & 31 business Rte.) 1962
Drawer   89 Folder   15
Jackson-North Belt 1949
Drawer   89 Folder   15
Flight strip area (Lake Huron between Port Austin and Caseville)
Drawer   89 Folder   15
Alpena-Rogers City Rd. (US 23 roadside park) 1941
Drawer   89 Folder   16
Typical roadside rest area
Drawer   89 Folder   16
Playground park (Fowlerville) 1949
Drawer   89 Folder   16
Cut River area (U.S. 2, Mackinac County) 1947
Drawer   89 Folder   16
Miscellaneous roadside park plans
Drawer   89 Folder   17
Three Rivers-Jackson Road (roadside park, M-60) 1936
Drawer   89 Folder   17
Detroit-Pontiac Rd. (Woodward Ave., Birmingham) 1941
Drawer   89 Folder   17
Marquette-Michigamme Road (roadside park, M-28) 1939
Drawer   89 Folder   17
Miscellaneous
 
Jessie Bourquin Papers 1942-1978 [series]

The Jessie Bourquin series focuses primarily on her work with the Michigan Department of Economic Expansion, including pamphlets, memos, research, reports, and correspondence. Also documented is Jessie's involvement with the American Association of Landscape Architects and her private landscaping career.

Box   1  
Personal, Academic, and Career Papers 1942-1972
 
Michigan Department of Economic Development
Box   1  
Research, Fact Sheets, and Memos 1947-1972 (3 folders)
Box   1  
Reports 1951-1959 (2 folders)
Box   1  
Research Papers 1949-1967
Box   1  
Memos and Clippings 1956-1965
Box   1  
Incoming Correspondence 1959-1966
Box   1  
Articles in French on Michigan 1965-1978
 
American Society of Landscape Architects
Box   1  
Brochure Committee 1952-1954
Box   1  
Correspondence and Meeting Notes 1955-1956
Box   1  
National Civil Service Committee 1958-1960
 
Alice Bourquin Papers 1930s-1981 [series]

The Alice Bourquin series documents Alice's work for her master's degree, as well as miscellaneous correspondence, landscape drawings, and various newspaper clippings. As with her sister, the bulk of this series is focused on her work for the Michigan Department of Transportation and involvement with the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Box   1  
Papers Written for Master's Degree Courses 1930s
Box   1  
Correspondence 1935-1982
Box   1  
Newspaper Clippings 1960-1967
 
Michigan Department of Transportation
Box   1  
Position Description 1938
Box   1  
Newsletters and Pamphlets 1951-1980
Box   1  
Landscape Cost Studies 1934-1940
Box   1  
Projects 1938-1943 (2 folders)
Box   1  
Awards 1961-1981
Box   1  
American Society of Landscape Architects Committee on Highways 1961
Box   1  
Agricultural Conservation Program 1968
 
Joint Projects and Activities 1905, 1925-1991 [series]

The Joint Projects and Activities series deals with many different areas of both the professional and retirement sides of Jessie and Alice Bourquin. Contained here is the correspondence with architect Jens Jensen, projects of their private practice, and documentation of their involvement with the American Association of Landscape Architects and the International Federation of Landscape Architects.

Box   1  
Jessie Phillips (mother) U-M Graduation Program 1905
Box   1  
Correspondence 1933-1935
Box   1  
Jens Jensen Correspondence and Articles 1933-1935
Box   1  
Correspondence 1937-1950
Box   1  
Recreational County Guide and Nature Trail, Master's Project 1934 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Private Practice 1925-1964
Box   2  
Beta Delta House 1951
Box   2  
1st Congregational Church, Ann Arbor 1952-1976
Box   2  
Letters of Recommendation 1942-1950
Box   2  
American Society of Landscape Architects Application Materials and Correspondence 1947-1951
Box   2  
International Federation of Landscape Architects 1974
Box   2  
Lilianne Fumey Correspondence 1982-1983
Box   2  
Travel Reminisces undated
Box   2  
Overview of Careers 1988-1991
Oversize Folder   Ac  
Michigan Resolution to Honor Jessie and Alice Bourquin 1981
Oversize Folder   Ac  
Membership Certificates to the American Society of Landscape Architects, MCML
Oversize Folder   Ac  
Genealogy
 
Hillwood 1911-1983 [series]

The Hillwood series details the Bourquin sisters' work on their subdivision project during their careers and following their retirement. This Hillwood series focuses on facets of such an enterprise, including legal, realty, and contracting documentation. Site plans and other drawings are located in the Landscape Architectural Drawings series.

Box   2  
Atwell Hicks Surveyors, Civil Engineers; Planners, Al Suggitt 1931-1974
Box   2  
Deeds and Quit Claims for Bourquin Property 1931-1952
Box   2  
Newspaper Clippings promoting Hillwood 1939-1951
Box   2  
A Subdivision Guide for Preparing Plats in Township Areas of Washtenaw County October 9, 1963
Box   2  
Correspondence 1954-1956
Box   2  
Subdivision Upkeep 1968-1981
 
Realty
Box   2  
Initial Development Discussion 1971-1972
Box   2  
Feasibility Studies of Bourquin Property 1972
Box   2  
Miscellaneous 1969-1982
 
Subdivision No. 5
Box   2  
General Plan July 1953
Box   2  
Road Grading 1974
Box   2  
Deeds of Sale 1976-1977 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Atwell Hicks, Surveyors, Civil Engineers; Planners, Al Suggitt 1975-1983 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Correspondence 1975-1981
Box   2  
Miscellaneous 1974-1977
Box   2  
Restrictions for Huntington Woods undated
 
Legal
Box   2  
Abstract Deed and Title to Bourquin 1911
Box   2  
State Land Development Forms 1973
Box   2  
Contracts I and II, Reconstruction of Rock Creek Drive 1976
Box   2  
Quit Claim Deed #3 1976
Box   2  
Woodland Subdivision Development 1973-1976
Box   2  
Correspondence 1973-1980 (5 folders)
Box   2  
Miscellaneous
 
Photographs and other visual materials 1905-1980 (scattered) [series] (1.25 linear feet)

The Photographs and other visual materials series (1910-1941; 1.25 linear feet) documents the Bourquins from babyhood through their early career and includes albums of their travels to Florida and Europe, as well as professional folio prints of Jessie's private work for such notables as Alexander Dow and former University of Michigan President Alexander Ruthven. Also of interest are the various candid shots of Michigan and Ann Arbor landscaping and gardening in the 1930s. Included are photos of National Socialist architecture accumulated by their brother James Bourqin during his wartime service.

 
Jessie Bourquin
Box   3  
Ann Arbor Garden Pictures 1934
Box   3  
Frederick Dow Garden 1939
Box   3  
Edsel Ford Estate undated
Box   3  
Huron Nature Trail undated
Box   3  
Huron-Clinton Project undated
Box   3  
Gardens undated
Box   3  
Landscape Photos undated
 
Jessie Bourquin Landscape Projects
Box   3  
Student Publications Building 1935-1937
Box   3  
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Dow 1935-1937
Box   3  
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Dow 1938-1939
Box   3  
Dr. and Mrs. Paul Barker 1938
Box   3  
Dr. and Mrs. F. Bruce Fralick 1938
Box   3  
Dr. and Mrs. Bradley Patten 1937-1938
Box   3  
President and Mrs. Ruthven 1938
Box   3  
Professor and Mrs. Clifford Woody 1937-1938
Box   3  
Dr. and Mrs. John Alexander 1939
Box   3  
Martha Cook Dormitory 1939
Box   3  
Folio Albums of Projects (2 volumes)
 
Alice Bourquin
Box   3  
Scrapbook and Photo Album
 
Alice and Jessie Bourquin
Box   4  
Jessie Phillips (mother) Graduation Photograph 1905
Box   4  
Bourquin sisters and others undated
Box   4  
Slides for American Society of Landscape Architects Fellowships 1989
Box   4  
Album of Baby Pictures 1910-1913
Box   4  
Album of Travel Pictures and Postcards, Florida 1938
Box   4  
Album of Landscape Projects and Gardens undated
Box   4  
Album of Travel Pictures and Postcards, Europe 1930s
Box   4  
Album of Garden pictures undated
 
James Bourquin (brother)
Box   4  
Construction and other photographs accumulated during World War II service of Nazi public buildings 1935-1940
 
Slides (in slide boxes)
Box   5  
Hillwood subdivision 1968-1980
Box   5  
Travel and professional 1959-1960
Box   5  
Travel and personal 1961-1962, 1980
Box   5  
Travel and personal 1950s-1971
Box   5  
Travel and personal 1973-1980
Box   5  
Personal and Hillwood 1960
Box   6  
Travel and personal 1963-1965
Box   6  
Travel and personal 1966-1968
Box   6  
Jessie Bourquin views of home-grounds and gardens developed by her in Ann Arbor and Flint 1940
Box   6  
Alice Bourquin-ASLA highway slides 1940s (2 boxes)
Box   7  
Lantern slides of gardens and plantings in Ann Arbor and elsewhere in Michigan
Box   7  
Negatives of photographs
Box   7  
Motion pictures