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David F. Chapman construction records

Identifier: MS 0563
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

This collection reflects the professional career of David F. Chapman and the several companies he worked for and lead. Items included are project papers, featuring Chapman's work with Gilbane, Mayan, Warrior, and Farnsworth & Chambers. Construction lists of the 1980's, Mayan recommentdation letters from 1975-1986, and completed Texas procects. Interviews, newsclippings, curriculum vitae and company media literature. Historical overview of the companies evolution, and Gilbane's marketing for higher education, data storage, and federal government.


  • Creation: 1945-2010


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Stored offsite at the Library Service Center and require 24-hour notice for retrieval. Please contact the Woodson Research Center at 713-348-2586 or for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained through the Woodson Research Center. Contact or 713.348.2586.

Biographical / Historical

David F. Chapman was born in Pennsylvania, and raised in California. He attended and graduated from Rice University with a degree in architecture in 1953. Mr. Chapman married in 1951 and began working in his father-in-laws construction company Farnsworth & Chambers. Quickly moving up the company, Mr. Chapman went through several joint ventures and name changes to support those expansions. The company grew into the largest construction company in the Houston area and competed and won several jobs including buildings in both the medical center and the Nasa complex.


1 Linear Feet ( (1 box))

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This collection houses the interviews and biographical sketch of David F. Chapman, a 1953 graduate of Rice University in architecture. Background of major projects, the companies Mr. Chapman worked for and lead, and interview/newsclippings with Mr. Chapman and company literature/marketing.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Rice alumnus David F. Chapman, 8/20/2010.

Guide to the David F. Chapman construction records, 1945-2010
Damian Brum
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA