Robert Taylor with students at Tuskegee Institute, circa 1897

Robert Taylor with students at Tuskegee Institute, circa 1897
Courtesy Tuskegee University

Robert R. Taylor (far right) with class in mechanical drawing at Tuskegee Institute, circa 1897.

 Architect Robert Robinson Taylor '92 arrived at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama during the fall or winter of 1892. He served as instructor in architectural and architectural drawing and architect at Tuskegee until 1899. In a talk at MIT's 50th anniversary, Taylor describes his early experience as an instructor:

[T]he mechanical work was largely in the hands of men trained in the old way, who did their work usually without definite plans or drawings. Introducing plans, blue-prints and specifications as a part of every mechanical job, however small, and instructing the students in making and using drawings, led to changes which inevitably follow newer and better ways of doing things.

Robert R. Taylor, "The Scientific Development of the Negro," 1911

Timeline: 1890s
School: School of Architecture and Planning
Department: Architecture
Career: EducationEngineering
Object: Image
Collection: Booker T. Washington, HBCUs, Mentorship, Robert R. Taylor, Roots and Exponents 1875-1920, STEM Education, Students, Tuskegee