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Syracuse University Buildings and Grounds Collection

An inventory of the collection at the Syracuse University Archives

Summary

Creator: Syracuse University.
Title: Syracuse University Buildings and Grounds Collection
Dates: 1870-2019
Size: 49 boxes, 2 map case drawers, and 2 wrapped packages (approximately 48.44 linear feet)
Abstract: Materials related to the physical campus of Syracuse University
Language: English
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
http://archives.syr.edu

Historical Note

Syracuse University was founded on March 24, 1870, when its Board of Trustees signed the University charter and certificate of incorporation, acting on a proposal put forth earlier that year at the Methodist State Convention. Despite its modest beginnings, the story of Syracuse University has been one of remarkable growth and progress. The University's population has expanded from a few dozen local students to over 21,000 students from all over the world. Significant eras of development in campus building and academic programs included the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries and the post-World War II years. The second half of the twentieth century saw the University transform into a modern research institution with international connections.

Before the first campus building was built, Syracuse University used rented space in the Myers Block on the southeast corner of Montgomery and East Genesee Streets. The first building on campus was the Hall of Languages in 1873, one of fifteen buildings on campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places, along with Archbold Gymnasium, Bowne Hall, Carnegie Library, Crouse College, Hendricks Chapel, Holden Observatory, Maxwell Hall, L.C. Smith Hall, Lyman Hall, Machinery Hall, Sims Hall, Slocum Hall, Steele Hall and the Tolley Administration Building. The largest period of campus expansion took place from the late 1940s to the early 1970s during which the campus expanded by about 1,000 acres, adding around 50 buildings.

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Scope and Content Note

The Syracuse University Buildings and Grounds Collection spans from 1870 to 2014 and contains materials related to the physical campus of Syracuse University. The collection includes programs from dedications and cornerstone layings, floor plans, press releases, reports, and maps. For some older buildings on campus, including the Hall of Languages, there are construction contracts and bids as well as some correspondence.

Over the years, the names of some buildings included in the collection have changed and some buildings originally built for Syracuse University now belong to SUNY ESF and Upstate Medical University.

Please note that the inventory in this finding aid represents only one portion of the collection. These files are processed and comprise reference materials (in REF boxes) that are readily available to researchers. They provide unrestricted materials related to the buildings and grounds of Syracuse University. The remainder of the collection is unprocessed, housed off-site, and not included in the inventory. These unprocessed materials include plans for proposed buildings, fundraising information, reports, and other records, some of which are restricted.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Please note that the unprocessed part of the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Some of the unprocessed records not listed in the inventory are restricted to the office of origin for 30 years. Requests to use restricted records must be obtained in writing from the office of origin.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

Among the Reference materials, clippings were moved to clipping files and materials not related to the physical buildings were moved to appropriate collections in the University Archives.

The University Archives holds clipping files on campus buildings and architectural materials for buildings can be found in the Syracuse University Architectural Plans Reference collection. Additionally, there is a Buildings and Grounds series in the Syracuse University Photograph Collection.

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Selected Search Terms

Names

Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.

Subjects

Buildings.
College buildings.
College campuses.
College facilities.
Dormitories.
Student unions.
Higher education.

Types of material

Contracts.
Floor plans (form attributes)
Maps (documents)
Official reports.
Programs (documents)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Syracuse University Buildings and Grounds Collection,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The University Archives received materials over the years from various administrative offices at Syracuse University and from the offices of some of the architects that designed the buildings, including King & King Architects.

Processing Information

Reference materials were reorganized and placed in new folders and boxes as needed.

Only the Reference materials in this collection were processed. The remainder of the collection is unprocessed and not included in the inventory.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Nicole Wright
Date: 2019
Revision history:

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Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically within series.

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Inventory

Buildings reference materials
REF-Box 1 Adirondack Conference Centers 1954
REF-Box 10 Archbold Gymnasium 1907-1908
REF-Box 1 Archbold Gymnasium reconstruction circa 1949
REF-Box 10 Archbold Stadium 1907, 1978, undated
REF-Box 1 Archbold Stadium - construction notebook 1906-1907
REF-Box 1 Archbold Stadium - report on proposed extensions 1926
REF-Box 1 Baker Laboratory 1957
REF-Box Barnes Center at the Arch 2019
REF-Box 1 Bauhaus 1981
REF-Box 1 Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive 1982
REF-Box 1 Biological Research Building 1963
Bird Library
REF-Box 1 Collection and arrangement reports and guides 1972
REF-Box 2 Collection and arrangement reports and guides 1972
REF-Box 2 Dedication 1973
REF-Box 2 Fact sheets and brochures circa 1972
REF-Box 2 King and King materials circa 1960
REF-Box 2 The library building program report 1965 (4 folders)
REF-Box 3 Proposals and preliminary plans 1963-1964
REF-Box 3 Renovations 2001, 2009
REF-Box 3 Standards used in design 1966
REF-Box 3 Booth Hall 1963
REF-Box 3 Bowne Hall 1906, 1981
REF-Oversize 1 Bowne Hall and Lyman Hall floorplan undated
REF-Box 3 Carnegie Library 1906
Carrier Dome
REF-Box 3 Dedication and groundbreaking 1978, 1980
REF-Box 3 General Dome facts circa 1980
REF-Box 3 "The making of a dome: a business story" 1981
REF-Box 3 Proposal to increase handicapped seating 1986
REF-Box 3 Seating and parking information undated
REF-Box 3 Stadium feasibility study 1976 (2 folders)
REF-Box 3 Track and field layout circa 1985
REF-Box 4 Center for Science and Technology 1986-1989
REF-Box 4 Center of Excellence 2005
REF-Box 4 Chancellor's House (300 Comstock) 2001, 2014, undated
REF-Box 4 College of Medicine (Weiskotten Hall, Upstate Medical) 1937
REF-Box 4 College of Medicine (Weiskotten Hall, Upstate Medical) - Floor plans 1926
REF-Box 10 Comstock Art Facility circa 1982
Crouse College
REF-Box 4 Chimes 1889, 1894, undated
REF-Box 10 Dedication and corner stone laying 1888-1889
REF-Box 10 Expenses 1887, 1889, 1891
REF-Box 4 The four centennial windows 1973
REF-Box 4 General 1999, undated
REF-Box 10 Organ 1888, 1890, 1989, undated
REF-Box 4 Crouse-Hinds Hall 1983
REF-Box 4 DellPlain Hall 1961, 1963
REF-Box 4 DellPlain Hall - dedication scrapbook 1961
REF-Box 4 Dineen Hall 2010-2014
REF-Box 4 Drumlins 1982, 1985, undated
REF-Box 4 Eggers Hall 1992, 1994
REF-Box 4 Engineering and Science Campus (Thompson Road) 1949
REF-Box 4 Ernie Davis Hall 2009
REF-Box 4 Flanagan Gymnasium 1988
REF-Box 4 Flint Hall 1985
REF-Box 4 Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center 1997, undated
REF-Box 4 Goldstein Student Center 1989-1990
REF-Box 4 Green Data Center 2009
REF-Box 10 Greenberg House (Washington, D.C.) circa 1990
REF-Box 4 Haft Dormitory 1955
REF-Box 10 Hall of Languages 1870-1873
REF-Box 10 Hall of Languages - renovation and rededication 1953, 1965, 1973-1981
REF-Box 4 Haven Hall (new) 1964, undated
REF-Box 10 Haven Hall (old) circa 1903
REF-Box 4 Hendricks Chapel 1930
REF-Box 5 Hendricks Chapel - Rena Pierson Dankovich Chapel 1981
REF-Box 5 Hendricks Chapel - renovation and rededication 1980-1985
REF-Box 5 Henry Health Center 1970, 1972
REF-Box 5 Heroy Geology Laboratory 1972, 1978
REF-Box 5 Hinds Hall 1955
REF-Box 5 Hinds Hall - renovation 2003, 2008
REF-Box 10 Holden Observatory 1882, 1887, undated
REF-Box 5 Holden Observatory rededication 1998
REF-Box 5 Hoople Special Education Building 1951, 1953
REF-Box 5 Hoople Special Education Building - The Gebbie Clinic 1972
REF-Box 10 Hospital of the Good Shepherd circa 1915
REF-Box 5 Huntington Beard Crouse Hall 1962
REF-Box 5 Huntington Hall 1977
REF-Box 5 Illick Hall and Moon Library 1966, 1968
REF-Box 5 Interim Student Activities Center (now Slutzker Center) circa 1970s
REF-Box 5 Irving Parking Garage 1993
REF-Box 5 Kimmel Hall - Kimmel Computer Lab re-opening 2001
Lampe Athletic Complex
REF-Box 5 Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center 2007-2009
REF-Box 5 General 1997
REF-Box 5 J.S. Coyne Field 1975
REF-Box 5 Lower Coyne Field 2013
Manley Field House
REF-Box 5 Colvin Park Athletic Complex (Iocolano-Petty Football Wing) 1991
REF-Box 5 General 1962, 1977
REF-Box 5 Roy Simmons Sr. Coaching Center 1998
REF-Box 5 Stevenson Education Center 1998
REF-Box 5 Lawrinson Hall 1965
REF-Box 5 Library Facility 2011
REF-Box 5 Life Sciences Complex 2006, 2008
REF-Box 10 Link Hall 1970
REF-Box 10 Louis Marshall Memorial Hall 1933
REF-Box 5 Lowe Art Center 1952
REF-Box 5 Lubin House 1986, 1992, undated
REF-Box 6 Lyman Hall 1905-1906
REF-Box 6 Machinery Hall - rededication 1984
REF-Box 6 MacNaughton Hall 1998
REF-Box 10 Maxwell Hall 1937
REF-Box 6 Maxwell Hall - dedication 1937
REF-Box 10 Maxwell Hall - Hueber Breur letter and enclosure 1990
REF-Box 6 "Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs comments on dedication" 1937
REF-Box 6 Menschel Media Center 2001
REF-Box 6 Minnowbrook circa 1954
REF-Box 6 Minnowbrook 1983
REF-Box 6 Minnowbrook circa 1989
REF-Box 6 Mount Olympus (Flint Hall, Day Hall, Graham Dining Center) 1956, 1958
REF-Box 6 Nancy Cantor Warehouse 2006
REF-Box 11 Newhouse Communications Center I 1964
REF-Oversize 1 Newhouse Communications Center I-III maps circa 2010s
REF-Box 6 Newhouse Communications Center I - press materials 1964
REF-Box 6 Newhouse Communications Center II 1974
REF-Box 11 Newhouse Communications Center III 2005, 2007
REF-Box 6 New York State College of Forestry 1913
REF-Box 6 New York State Ranger School Building 1928
REF-Box 6 Nursing School Building 1945
REF-Box 11 Old Oval 1887, 1895
REF-Box 6 Physics Building circa 1967
REF-Box 7 Physics Building - Stolkin Auditorium 1971
REF-Box 7 Pinebrook circa 1950s-1960s
REF-Box 7 Power House 1903, 1908
REF-Box 7 Regent Theater Complex - Archbold Theater 1980
REF-Box 7 Regent Theater Complex - Regent Theater circa 1960s
REF-Box 7 Regent Theater Complex - Syracuse Stage 1978, 1980, 1993
REF-Box 7 Reid Hall undated
REF-Box 7 Reid Hall (University College) 1958
REF-Box 7 Sadler Hall 1960, 1967
REF-Box 7 Sagamore circa 1960s
REF-Box 7 Schine Student Center 1982-1986
REF-Oversize 1 Schine Student Center - floor plans 1985
REF-Box 7 Shaffer Art Building 1990, 1991
REF-Box 7 Shaw Dormitory 1952, 1962
REF-Box 7 Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center 1984, 2000-2001
REF-Box 7 Sims Complex 1973
REF-Box 8 Sims Hall 1906, circa 1956, 1973, undated (4 folders)
REF-Box 8 Skybarn circa 1977
REF-Box 11 Slocum Hall 1916-1917
REF-Box 8 Slocum Hall 1974, circa 2008 (2 folders)
REF-Box 8 Syracuse University Hospital of the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Center (804 University Ave) 1959
REF-Box 8 TenEyck Boat House 1937, 1988
REF-Box 8 Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion 1999
REF-Box 8 Tolley Humanities Building 1985, undated
REF-Box 11 University Block circa 1897
REF-Box 8 University College - Nancy Gelling Memorial Lounge 1985
REF-Box 8 Vincent Apartments 1963
REF-Box 11 Von Ranke Library (now Tolley Humanities Building) 1888
REF-Oversize 1 The Warehouse 2006
REF-Box 11 Watson and Marion Halls 1954
REF-Box 11 White Hall 1954
REF-Box 11 White Hall - Barclay Law Library 1981-1985
REF-Box 8 White Hall - Barclay Law Library 1985
REF-Box 11 White Hall - Grant Auditorium 1967
REF-Box 8 White Hall - Grant Auditorium - Heritage Alumni Lounge 2001
REF-Box 11 Whitman School of Management Building circa 2003
REF-Box 8 Whitman School of Management Building 2005
REF-Box 8 Winchell Hall Dormitory for Women circa 1900
REF-Box 8 The Winnick Hillel Center 2000-2005
REF-Box 8 Women's Building 1941, 1945, circa 1950s (2 folders)
Women's Cottages
REF-Box 8 Babcock Cottage undated
REF-Box 8 Brooks Cottage undated
REF-Box 8 Clarke Cottage undated
REF-Box 8 Comstock Cottage undated
REF-Box 8 Decker Cottage undated
REF-Box 9 Griffin Cottage undated
REF-Box 9 Holden Cottage undated
REF-Box 9 Women's Gymnasium (old) 1893
REF-Box 9 Yates Castle undated
REF-Oversize 1 Yates Castle - appraisals 1954
REF-Box 9 Yates Castle - "The castle story" 1953
REF-Box 9 Yates Castle - "The story of Renwick Castle" 1932
General reference materials
REF-Box 11 Campus maps 1888-1969 (5 folders)
MC 7-5 Campus maps 1928-1986
REF-Oversize 1 Campus maps 1967, 1973
REF-Box 12 Campus maps 1970-2010 (4 folders)
MC 3-3 Campus maps and photographs 1911-1978 (2 folders)
REF-Oversize 1 Environmental concept study report 1974
REF-Oversize 1 Growth maps 1960, 1962
REF-Box 9 Shaw Quadrangle 2010
REF-Oversize 1 Syracuse University building numbering system 1974-1975 (2 volumes)
REF-Oversize 1 Syracuse University Memorial Library (proposed) undated
REF-Box 9 University acreage 1963
REF-Box 12 Walking tours and visitor's guides 1977, circa 1985, 1993-2007

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