Hal Box and Logan Wagner: Mexican Architecture and Urban Design (School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin)

Artstor and the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin are collaborating on a project to digitize and distribute approximately 5,700 images from the Hal Box and Logan Wagner Collection of Mexican Architecture and Urban Design Images. These images richly document architecture and outdoor communal spaces in Mexico, focusing on Pre-Columbian and 16th-17th century Colonial sites, but also including Post Colonial structures from the 18th - 20th centuries.  

Hal Box, a practicing architect, was Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin from 1976 to 1992. In 1988, Box began to study and document the 16th-17th century open air churches of Mexico under the auspices of Earthwatch, with additional funding from the Graham Foundation, the University Research Institute, and the University of Texas Institute for Latin American Studies. Logan Wagner, a native of Mexico and an architect-builder with degrees in anthropology, architecture, and a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies, led the field work for the next twelve summers. Box, Wagner, and volunteer groups carried out photographic documentation and prepare of measured drawings of open air churches and other civic spaces in the states of Morelos, Mexico, Michoacán, Yucatan, Quinatna Roo, and Hidalgo. Wagner extended the study with archival research.  

In reaching this agreement, Elizabeth Schaub, Director of the Visual Resources Collection at the School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, expressed her enthusiasm for the collaboration with Artstor to preserve this unique archive and to make its contents available for educational and scholarly use through the Digital Library: "I'm very excited that the School of Architecture has an opportunity to collaborate with Artstor. Our joint venture will result in a broader audience gaining access to unique content that finds a new life in digital form." The Visual Resources Collection of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin is comprised of more than 235,000 slides and approximately 50,000 digital images. The main purpose of the collection is to support the teaching needs of the School of Architecture's faculty members and students.