Marvin Lee Robinson (1907-1969), Architect
Marvin Lee Robinson was born August 16, 1907. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska and his Master’s Degree in architecture from Princeton University. Robinson was an instructor in architecture at the University of Nebraska on numerous occasions, and was a member of the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was also involved in the design of the Indianola Internment Camp, which was a project of Davis & Wilson. Additionally, Robinson had an interest in printing; he began the Tortoise Press in 1961, and printed four collections of recipes complete with wood engravings done by him.
Robinson served as a judge in the 1954 selection of a muralist for the Capitol. He was a past Vice President and Board Member of the Nebraska Art Association, past President of the Nebraska Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Robinson’s other numerous memberships included the University Club, Lincoln Elks Lodge No. 80; Grid Iron Club, Crucible Club, the American Legion, and the Delta Upsilon social fraternity. Robinson died on February 13, 1969; he was survived by his wife, Margaret, and sons, Peter and John, both of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings
Lincoln, Nebraska, 1947-1969
Educational & Professional Associations
1915-1923: Hall School, St. Joseph, Missouri.
1923-1927: Central High School, St. Joseph, Missouri.
1927-1928: St. Joseph Junior College, St. Joseph, Missouri.
1929-1932: Department of Architecture, University of Nebraska, B.Arch.
1931-1934: instructor, Drawing and Design, Deptartment of Architecture, University of Nebraska.
1934: Associate Editor, Architectural Forum (wrote Forum of Events, Architectural Criticism).
1935-1936: Lowell Palmer Fellow in Architecture, and Master of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Princeton University.
1937-1939: instructor in architecture, University of Nebraska.
1940-1941: instructor in design, University of Nebraska, Department of Architecture.
1941-1943: University of Nebraska, Department of Architecture, Critic of Design.
1952: president, AIA Nebraska.
1959: Founded The Tortoise Press.
1966: Board of Directors, Nebraska Art Association.
Buildings & Projects
a. Last Registered in Nebraska, 1969.
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3. “Robinson,” Lincoln Star (February 14, 1969): 20:7.
4. Application for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, August 14, 1943. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2.
5. Profile at International Register of Private Press Names, sv. "The Tortoise Press," Briarpress.org Accessed April 30, 2016. http://www.briarpress.org/11860
6. "CALLING All AIA Nebraska's Presidents," The OCULUS 2001:4 (July-August 2001): . AIA Nebraska. Accessed April 30, 2016. http://www.aiane.org/downloads/ne-architect/2001/01July_Aug.pdf .
7. "Art...What's it to you? Panel Discussion: Mr. Marvin Robinson," Lincoln Sunday Star (February 20, 1966): 6D.
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D. Murphy, “Marvin Lee Robinson (1907-1969), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 5, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, October 31, 2020.
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