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Jack Wyman Architectural Records Collection

Identifier: DADA-055

Scope and Contents

Spanning the period from 1965 to 2015, this collection comprises an extensive set of color slides documenting Wyman’s professional projects (both built and unbuilt); design work by Wyman’s students at Ball State University; educational field trips during Wyman’s tenure as a professor; and academic reference material used for lectures. The collection also includes several sets of working drawings and documents for Wyman’s professional projects, as well as substantial process work on tracing paper for several of the architect’s residential design commissions in the 1980s and 90s. In addition, the collection contains bound print resources pertaining to Wyman’s career, including an addendum to drawings and specifications for the Tower East Office Building, Shaker Heights, Ohio; a report on the architect’s research on energy use in Columbus, Indiana schools (Centralization vs. Decentralization: Energy and Economics in the School Buildings of Bartholomew County Public School Corporation); an early history of CAP compiled and edited by Wyman (Designing a College of Architecture and Planning for Ball State University); and a published book, Columbus Indiana: An American Landmark, by Balthazar Korab, for which Wyman produced all floor plan drawings. The collection also contains programs and audio recordings from Wyman’s funeral service in April of 2015.


  • Creation: 1965 - 2011


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

Born to Edward and Mary Helen Wyman in 1938, John E. Wyman was better known as Jack Wyman throughout his career. He entered architectural practice after completing a bachelor’s degree in architecture at the North Carolina State University School of Design in 1961. From 1961 to 1966, Wyman worked at a variety of firms in North Carolina. In 1966, he joined The Architects’ Collaborative (TAC), a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based firm led by Walter Gropius. During his tenure at TAC (1966-1970), Wyman was involved in a number of high profile projects, including the Tower East Office Building in Shaker Heights, Ohio (Gropius’ final building), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Headquarters Building in Washington, D.C.

In 1970, Wyman relocated to Muncie, Indiana to serve as an associate professor of architecture at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning (CAP). He was named a full professor in 1976 and remained in this role until his passing in 2015. During his university teaching career, Wyman offered a broad range of courses, including numerous architectural design studios, thesis studios, and seminars in the philosophy of architecture. Travel was important to his pedagogy, and he took students on many trips, often visiting Columbus, Indiana, a noted center of modern architecture. In 2001, Wyman became the first to win CAP’s Charles M. Sappenfield Award of Excellence in teaching. During his time at Ball State, Wyman also remained engaged in architectural practice, working both independently and with incorporated firms. His projects in Indiana included numerous residences, schools, community facilities, and historic preservation work. In addition to acting as a teacher and practitioner, Wyman assumed research and leadership roles in the profession, conducting studies on the energy efficiency of schools in Columbus, IN (1984-1986), and serving as president of the Indiana Society of Architects in 1988.


5.2 Cubic Feet (1 Flat file drawer; 3 MSS boxes; 1 OVB box; 4 rolled drawing sets;1 book)


The Jack Wyman Architectural Records are arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

The Jack Wyman Architectural Records were received by Drawings and Documents Archive as a donation from Dorothy Wyman on 29 June 2015.


No additions are expected.

Jack Wyman Architectural Records
Created by Sam Burgess
Created 2015/6/1
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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)