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Joseph O. Cezar Architectural Records Collection

Identifier: DADA-021

Scope and Contents

Records for projects by Indianapolis architect Joseph O. Cezar dating from 1930 to 1979. Most of the projects are residential, but the collection includes some commercial and ecclesiastical work. Materials in the collection include approximately 1,000 sheets of architectural drawings (1930-1979), scrapbook material, mounted drawings, and the architect’s drawings for Christmas cards.


  • Creation: 1930 - 1979


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Drawings and Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Drawings and Documents Archive.

Biographical Note

Joseph Orland Cezar (1903–1991) practiced architecture from his home in Indianapolis from 1930 to 1979, designing homes, churches, and commercial structures. Among his designs are centerpiece houses for the Indianapolis Home Shows of 1953 and 1962.

Cezar was born in Austria, in an area that later became part of Yugoslavia. His father was a stonecutter. The family moved to Chicago in 1905, then to Bedford, Indiana in 1912. Joseph attended Hanover College for two years, and then transferred to Georgia Tech for one year, from 1928-29. He received a bachelor’s degree in architecture (with honors) from Chicago Technical College in 1931. He then worked primarily as a high school teacher, teaching applied mathematics, stone drafting, and stone shop work until 1938 when he moved to Indianapolis. Cezar worked for other firms until beginning his practice in 1944.


21.1 Cubic Feet (1 OVB box, 1 OVC box, 1 plan file cabinet)


The Joseph O. Cezar Architectural Records are arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

The Joseph O. Cezar Architectural Records were received by Drawings and Documents Archive as a donation from Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cezar on 1987/04/25.


No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed. Finding aid created 2008/8/10 by Brian Knowles; revised 2011/10/20 by Julie Edwards and Carol Street.

Joseph O. Cezar Architectural Records Collection
Created by Brian Knowles; revised by Julie Edwards and Carol Street.
Created 2008/8/10; revised 2011/10/20.
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Repository Details

Part of the Andrew Seager Archives of the Built Environment Repository

Architecture Building, Room 120
Muncie IN 47306 USA
765-285-3726 (Fax)