University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Archival Buildings File 1894-2005

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Descriptive Summary


Archival Buildings File




195 files


Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


The Archival Buildings File was established in order to provide a means of organizing information and ephemeral materials relating to University buildings and making them more readily accessible.

Information on Use


The collection is open for research


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: [File title], Archival Buildings File, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Scope Note


The Archival Buildings File was established in order to provide a means of organizing information and ephemeral materials relating to University buildings and making them more readily accessible. Many items are received by the Archives concerning the history, architecture, and use of various buildings and structures on campus, which do not have a place in other record groups.

The first part of the file contains materials concerning campus architecture in general, including guides and maps, articles, and souvenir booklets with pictures of buildings and campus scenes. Following these are folders for individual buildings, arranged alphabetically. Among the items that can be found are programs for groundbreaking ceremonies, cornerstone layings, and dedications, as well as promotional brochures, press releases, and articles and reports from various sources. The files sometimes include correspondence and other information concerning the design, construction, remodeling, and architectural decoration of the buildings. Since some buildings have been known by more than one name, patrons should check the listing for all possible headings relating to their subject of inquiry.

Materials are added to the files as they are received. The listing and file arrangement are provisional and subject to change as additions and updates are made.

Photographs of University buildings are located in Series II of the Archival Photographic Files. These include not only exterior and interior shots but also photo-reproductions of architects' drawings and photographs of construction sequences. There is a separate Postcard Collection which features images of campus buildings and scenes. The Archives also maintains a substantial collection of architectural drawings and blueprints of many buildings on campus. Other information on buildings can be found in various University publications, and in the records of the Department of Buildings and Grounds, the Presidents' Papers, the Harold Swift Papers, and minutes of the Board of Trustees and its committees. Files on particular buildings can be found in other record groups as well. Please consult a member of the archival staff for more information.

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Subject Headings


Series I: General

Folder 1

Architectural information and guides, general

Folder 2

Architectural information and guides, "A Prospective Student's Guide to the College of the University of Chicago with a Walking Tour of the Quadrangles," 1990-1991

Folder 3

Architectural information and guides, "An Informational Guide to the University of Chicago," ca. 1966

Folder 4

Architectural information and guides, Architectural Guide, building descriptions, 1967

Folder 5

Architectural information and guides, worksheets, 1967

Folder 6

Architectural information and guides, "The Tour," by Laura Koenig, 1990

Folder 7

Architectural information and guides, "Campus Tour," by Greg Jao, 1990

Folder 8

Articles on campus architecture, general, 1

Folder 9

Articles on campus architecture, general, 2

Folder 10

Articles on campus architecture, 1920s building program

Folder 11

Articles on campus architecture, property ownership and development

Folder 12

Articles on campus architecture, landscaping

Folder 13

Articles on campus architecture, "A Review of Planning at the University of Chicago 1891-1978"

Folder 14

Articles on campus architecture, Charles E. Jenkins, "The University of Chicago," in Architectural Record 4/1 (1894): 229-46

Folder 15

Articles on campus architecture, Chris Drake, "The University of Chicago: Its Early Educational and Architectural Ideals," College of Wooster, 1985

Folder 16

Maps, general

Folder 17

Maps, Campus Bike Map, 2005

Folder 18

Maps, showing property ownership, 1946 - MOVED TO ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS COLLECTION

Folder 19

Maps, National Historic Landmarks, University of Chicago

Folder 20

Parking, "The University of Chicago Parking Structure, Summary of a Feasibility Report from Ralph H. Burke, Inc.," 1968

Folder 21

Parking, "Traffic and Parking Plan," 1969

Folder 22

Scrapbook of Henry David Hubbard, ca. 1900, 1

Folder 23

Scrapbook of Henry David Hubbard, ca. 1900, 2

Folder 24

Souvenir booklets, general

Folder 25

Souvenir booklets, The Buildings and Grounds of the University of Chicago, A Souvenir, 1892-1899

Folder 26

Souvenir booklets, A. Wittemann, 1898

Folder 27

Souvenir booklets, University of Chicago Weekly, 1899

Folder 28

Souvenir booklets, color, ca. 1907

Folder 29

Souvenir booklets, University of Chicago Press, 1908

Folder 30

Souvenir booklets, 1914

Folder 31

Souvenir booklets, 1914

Folder 32

Souvenir booklets, 1916

Folder 33

Souvenir booklets, University of Chicago Bookstore, 1920

Folder 34

Souvenir booklets, 1921

Folder 35

Souvenir booklets, 1921

Folder 36

Souvenir, calendar, 1906

Folder 37

Souvenir, calendar, 1913

Series II: Individual Buildings

Folder 38

Abbott Memorial Hall, 1

Folder 39

Abbott Memorial Hall, 2

Folder 40

Accelerator Building

Folder 41

Administration Building

Folder 42

American Bar Center

Folder 43

American Meat Institute Building

Folder 44

Argonne National Laboratory

Folder 45

Armour Clinical Research Building

Folder 46

Baptist Graduate Student Center (Rosenwald House)

Folder 47

Bartlett Gymnasium

Folder 48

Ben May Laboratory

Folder 49

Billings Hospital

Folder 50

Biological Sciences Learning Center and Jules F. Knapp Medical Research Center Complex

Folder 51

Black Oaks on Campus

Folder 52

Bobs Roberts Hospital

Folder 53

Bond Chapel

Folder 54

Breckinridge Hall

Folder 55

Burton-Judson Courts

Folder 56

Calvert House

Folder 57

Carlson Animal Research Laboratory

Folder 58

Center for Continuing Education, general

Folder 59

Center for Continuing Education, proposal

Folder 60

Center for International Studies

Folder 61

Chicago Theological Seminary

Folder 62

Classics Building

Folder 63

Cobb Hall, 1

Folder 64

Cobb Hall, 2

Folder 65

Cobb Hall, 3

Folder 66

Cochrane-Woods Art Center/Smart Gallery

Folder 67

Council Tree Memorial Bench

Folder 68

Court Theater

Folder 69

Crerar Library, 1

Folder 70

Crerar Library, 2

Folder 71

Cummings Life Science Center

Folder 72

D'Evereux Hall

Folder 73

Disciples Divinity House

Folder 74

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine

Folder 75

East Madison Park

Folder 76

Eckhart Hall

Folder 77

Emmons Blaine Hall

Folder 78

Faculty Houses, 56th and Woodlawn

Folder 79

Field House

Folder 80

Foster Hall

Folder 81

Gerald Ratner Athletics Center

Folder 82

G.I. Housing

Folder 83

Goldblatt Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center

Folder 84

Goldblatt Memorial Hospital

Folder 85

Goodspeed Hall

Folder 86

Graduate School of Business, Hyde Park Center.

Folder 87

Green Hall

Folder 88

Greenwood Hall

Folder 89

Harper Memorial Library, general

Folder 90

Harper Memorial Library, cornerstone laying

Folder 91

Harper Memorial Library, dedication, 1

Folder 92

Harper Memorial Library, dedication, 2

Folder 93

Harper Memorial Library, dedication, 3

Folder 94

Harper Memorial Library, PACE Associates study, 1960

Folder 95

Harper Memorial Library, Rededication, 1973

Folder 96

Haskell Hall

Folder 97

Hicks Memorial Hospital

Folder 98

Hinds Laboratory

Folder 99

Hitchcock Hall

Folder 100

Hospitals and clinics, general

Folder 101

Hull Court

Folder 102

Hutchinson Commons

Folder 103

Hyde Park-Kenwood Historic District

Folder 104

Ida Noyes Hall, 1

Folder 105

Ida Noyes Hall, 2

Folder 106

Ida Noyes Hall, 3

Folder 107

Ida Noyes Hall, 4

Folder 108

Ida Noyes Hall, 5

Folder 109

Ida Noyes Hall, 6

Folder 110

Industrial Relations Center (Charles S. Mott Building)

Folder 111

International House

Folder 112

Jackson Park

Folder 113

Jones Chemical Laboratory

Folder 114

Judd Hall

Folder 115

Kelly Hall

Folder 116

Kent Hall

Folder 117

Kenwood House

Folder 118

Kersten Physics Teaching Center

Folder 119

Kirsner Center for the Study of Digestive Diseases

Folder 120

Kovler Viral Oncology Laboratories

Folder 121

Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research

Folder 122

Law School, general

Folder 123

Law School, Laird Bell Quadrangle

Folder 124

Law School, Edward Douglas White Lecture Hall

Folder 125

Lexington Hall

Folder 126

Lillie House

Folder 127

Lying-In Hospital

Folder 128

Mandel Hall

Folder 129

Mansueto Library

Folder 130

McDonald Observatory

Folder 131

McLean Memorial Research Institute (formerly Argonne Cancer Research Hospital)

Folder 132

Midway Gardens

Folder 133

Midway Plaisance

Folder 134

Midway Studios

Folder 135

Mitchell Hospital and Rubloff Intensive Care Tower

Folder 136

Mitchell Tower

Folder 137

National Opinion Research Center

Folder 138

Nuclear Energy" Sculpture, by Henry Moore

Folder 139

Oriental Institute (Breasted Hall)

Folder 140

Oriental Institute (Dedication)

Folder 141

Orthogenic School

Folder 142

Paris Center

Folder 143

Phemister Hall

Folder 144

Pick Hall

Folder 145

Pierce Hall

Folder 146

President's House

Folder 147

Quadrangle Club

Folder 148

Rawson Laboratory, general

Folder 149

Rawson Laboratory, dedication

Folder 150

Rawson Laboratory, specifications

Folder 151

Regenstein Library, general, 1

Folder 152

Regenstein Library, general, 2

Folder 153

Regenstein Library, cornerstone laying and dedication

Folder 154

Regenstein Library, groundbreaking

Folder 155

Research Institutes, general

Folder 156

Residence halls, men, general

Folder 157

Residence halls, women, general

Folder 158

Reynolds Club

Folder 159

Robie House

Folder 160

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, general, 1

Folder 161

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, general, 2

Folder 162

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, carillon

Folder 163

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, cornerstone laying

Folder 164

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, decoration

Folder 165

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, dedication, 1928, 1

Folder 166

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, dedication, 1928, 2

Folder 167

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, rededication, 1988

Folder 168

Rosenwald Hall

Folder 169

Ryerson Physical Laboratory

Folder 170


Folder 171

Searle Chemical Building

Folder 172

Shoreland Hall

Folder 173

Snell Hall

Folder 174

Social Science Research Building

Folder 175

Social Service Administration Building

Folder 176

Social Services Center

Folder 177

South Park (including Jackson Park, Midway Plaisance, and Washington Park)

Folder 178

Stagg Field

Folder 179

Steam Plant

Folder 180

Stuart Hall

Folder 181

Sunny Gymnasium

Folder 182

Surgery-Brain Research Pavilion

Folder 183

Swift Hall

Folder 184

University Church Disciples of Christ

Folder 185

University High School

Folder 186

University of Chicago Press Warehouse, Expansion Plan, 1971-1972

Folder 187

Walker Museum

Folder 188

Whitman Laboratory

Folder 189

Wieboldt Hall

Folder 190

Wilder House

Folder 191

Woodward Court

Folder 192

Wyler Children's Hospital

Folder 193

Yerkes Observatory, 1

Folder 194

Yerkes Observatory, 2

Folder 195

Yerkes Observatory, 3