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Paula Treder Architectural Collection

Identifier: Ms-2005-002

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of professional materials created by Paula Treder from 1953 to 2005. The projects include both original and renovation projects at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, an addition to the Fort Mill Public Library and the Rock Hill Fire Station and a few residences. The architectural drawings and a few blueprints of the consultant's drawings are available for all of the projects except the residential projects. The project documents contain her correspondence, contract papers, receipts, product catalogues and site photographs. There are a few newspaper articles related to her projects.


  • 1953 - 2005


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: Please contact Special Collections and University Archives ( or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

Paula Treder was born in Rockford, Illinois. She received a bachelor of science in architecture (1951) and a master of science in architecture (1953) from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Treder worked in a variety of firms throughout the United States before moving to Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1964 and establishing an architectural firm under her own name.

From 1958-1960, Treder wrote on all aspects of housing design and construction including a large number of cover stories on residential design for House & Home where she was an associate editor. She moved to the Wall Street investment banking firm of Drexel Burnham Lambert, in 1972, where she developed an in-house facilities management office of 100+ professional and other staff responsible for the design, furnishing, construction supervision and maintenance of several hundred thousand square feet of office spaces for the firm in New York City, London, and throughout the Uninted States. Treder retired from DBL in 1988, as Director of Facilities Management and as a corporate officer with the title of First Vice President.

Treder is an Emeritus member of AIA (The American Institute of Architects.) She was instrumental in forming the Vancouver, WA chapeter of the AIA and served on the publications and women's committees of the New York chapter and the magazine committee of the South Carolina chapter. Treder was also involved in the Women's Equity Action League (WEAL) during the 1970s and held national and local offices.

She later moved to Tucson, Arizona.


2 Cubic Feet (2 boxes; 4 oversize folders)


Paula Treder operated her own architectural firm in South Carolina. This collection contains selected professional papers from her projects, including drawings, photographs, and project documents related to Treder's professional and design activities.


The collection is arranged into three series Personal Papers, Professional Papers, and Project Records. The documents are stored in boxes with the contents of each folder arranged chronologically. The architectural and consultant's shop drawings are organized by project in the oversize folders.

Source of Acquisition

The creator donated the Paula Treder Architectural Collection to the International Archive of Woman in Architecture in 2002 and 2005.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Paula Treder Architectural Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing, arrangment and description of the Paula Treder Architectural Collection took place during January and February 2005. An accession was added to the collection in March 2013.

A Guide to the Paula Treder Architectural Collection 1969-1972
Amy Shaffer
2005 (CC0 1.0)
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Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-10-12: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US