Jack Comp Jackson (1917-1997), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1934-1976

DBA: Jack C. Jackson & Associates, Architects, and Jack Jackson & Company, Architects

Jack Jackson was born in Omaha, Nebraska on July 7, 1917. Jackson attended the University of Omaha for two years, from 1935-1937, then finished his degree in Architectural Engineering at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, in 1939. During his time at the university, Jackson was part of the National Honor Society and National Athletic Honor Society in 1935, as well as Sigma Tau in 1939. Upon graduating college, Jackson became a Draftsman-Field Engineer at Phillips Petrol Company, working there for a year until he became a Draftsman-Estimator-Designer at Gate City Steel Company, where he worked for a year, until 1941. Jackson then married in 1942, going on to have three children.[2][3][4]

In 1945, Jackson worked as an architect and engineer for John Latenser & Sons, Architects. In 1953, Jackson began his own firm, Backlund & Jackson Inc., which he continued until his death. Outside of his career, Jackson was involved in many other activities, including being a Member of Kiwanis, and its Committee Chairman from 1951-19__, the NSPE, the National Association of Home Builders, & National Council of Presbyterian Men, an instructor of architectural drawing adult classes at the University of Omaha from 1940-1945. [2] Jackson died on May 14, 1997. [1]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the format and contents page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1953-1976

Educational & Professional Associations

1934-1937: student, University of Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska..[2][3][4][d]

1938-1939: Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][3][4]

1939-1940: draftsman and field engineer, Phillips Petrol Company.[2][3]

1940-1941: draftsman-estimator-designer, Gate City Steel Company.[2][3]

1940-1945: taught architectural drawing classes, University of Omaha.[2]

1945: architect and engineer, John Latenser & Sons, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[2][3]

1945-1946: with James T. Allan, Architect.[2][3]

ca. 1947-1952: partner, Backlund & Jackson, Architects & Engineers.[2][3]

1953: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-281; December 20, 1953.[6]

1953-1957: partner, Battiato-Jackson Company.[2][3][4]

1963-1965: partner, Durand Jackson & Associates, Architects.[4]

1965-1970: Jack C. Jackson, Architect, Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

1971-1972: Jack Jackson & Company, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1972-1974: Jack C. Jackson & Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

____: N. P. Dodge Company, Omaha, Nebraska.[3]

1977-1985: Same as 1974; spouse name Lil(l)a H. (Jackson & Associates; Jack C. and Jack H. Jackson)

1989-1995: Listed as Chairman of the Board, Jackson-Jackson & Associates.

1995: License expired December 31, 1995.[6]

2001: Listed with home address only no firm notation.

Other Associations

1984-1997: employed Marvin C. Larson, architect (1984-1991) and vice president (1992-1997).

Buildings & Projects

Sidles Office & Wholesale Building (1950), Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][3]

City Hall (1950), Wilber, Nebraska.[2][3][a]

80 Home Project (1952-1953).[2][3]

Photo Studio (1953).[2][3][b]

Cuming County Courthouse (1953-1955), West Point, Nebraska.[2][3][b][c]

Piano Studio (1954), Omaha, Nebraska.[2][3]

Gurney Seed & Nursery Company (1965), Yankton, South Dakota.[4]

Earl May Seed & Nursery Company (1968), Shenandoah, Iowa.[4]

Maple Manor Apartment Complex (1968), Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

The Farmhand Company (1968), Omaha, Nebraska.[4]

Pawnee City Elementary School (1969), Pawnee City, Nebraska.[4]


a. In partnership with L. E. Wilke, Architect.[2][3]

b. In association with B. H. Backlund.[2][3]

c. Pollak attributes this building to B. H. Backlund.[5]

d. First Omaha directory listing, 1934.


1. AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects, accessed May 18, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/ahd1021610.aspx

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory First Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1956), 271, accessed March 3, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1956%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

3. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Second Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 342, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1962%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

4. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 441, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1970%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

5. Oliver B. Pollak, Nebraska Courthouses: Contention, Compromise, and Community [Images of America Series] (Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2002). [725.1.P771n]

6. “Professional license results for Jack C. Jackson,” State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects website, accessed November 27, 2013, http://www.ea.ne.gov/search/search.php?page=details&lic=A281

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Jack Comp Jackson (1917-1997), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, January 27, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, April 15, 2021.

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