The drawings and prints were created by landscape architect Warren Henry Manning (1860-1938) who designed plans for the campus from 1901 to 1921 and shaped the campus as we know it.
|1926 Aerial View of the Campus looking north toward Peabody Park showing Manning's design influence.|
Manning’s association with the campus resulted when he met alumna Kittie Dorcas Dees in Pinehurst where she was a secretary at a Pinehurst hotel. Manning offered her a job with his landscape architecture firm in Boston, Massachusetts. While in Manning’s employment, she requested that he design the grounds for her Alma Mater. She had attended the State Normal and Industrial School (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) from 1895 to 1897. This was to be her gift to the school. The only expense that would be incurred was the cost of clerical help, drafts, and traveling.
From 1901 to 1921, Manning corresponded and consulted with Presidents Charles D. McIver and Julius I. Foust about the landscape plans for the campus. He was named the official landscape architect of the college in 1909.
|Bird's Eye View of Proposed College Avenue, 1909|
The faculty housing area was never developed since the college was not able to buy the land south of Spring Garden Street until the 1920s when difference plans were developed for the area. The land north of Spring Garden Street was developed into the academic area that Manning envisioned.
|Watercolor Sketch of Proposed Woodworking Building, 1911|
Additional biographical information about Manning can be found in The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Other repositories holding Manning’s drawings and documents are the Parks Library at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and the Center for Lowell History at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Massachusetts.