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Finding ASU History: Campus Buildings

Basic tools for finding ASU history materials


Published Sources

You will find more information if you are aware of the current and historic names of the building in question. The ASU General Catalog  has lists of buildings and/or campus maps with descriptions and dates of construction after 1901. 

For general data about campus buildings see Arizona State University Building Data Compilations.

Names of specific buildings can be searched in the resources under the Digital Materials and Research Tools tabs. For example:

Dedication programs, newsclippings and photographs for many campus buildings can be found through the University Archives Index. You'll need to write the call numbers from the Index on call slips so our staff can retrieve them for you.

News articles about campus buildings from the State PressASU Insight and other local paperscan be identified from the ASU Newspaper Index. For newspaper editions prior to 1988, see the Archives Card Catalog. Write the date of issue and the newspaper title on a call slip to view hardcopy of these newspapers.  

Articles on specific buildings are available in these sources:

Smith, Dean, Men to Match our Buildings, 1967. Call#: 6.20 Sm54 1967

A Guide to the Architecture of Metro Phoenix, pp.148-159. Call#: NA735 P52 G8 1983.

"By Design", Arizona State Magazine, Spring, 1994, pp.14-18. Call#: 59.18 Ar47

Vanished ASU, 1990  [exhibit catalog] Call#:  Luhrs Reading Room Reference Shelf    

Records and Archives


General campus and building-specific statistics and other data are available from the Office of Facilities Services at their Campus and Building Information page. Students and researchers can request copies of architectural drawings through this site!

 ARCHIVAL RECORDS (Available at the Luhrs Reading Room):

Construction specifications, correspondence and memoranda regarding many campus buildings are available within official university records. Search the descriptions online or ask the reference archivist for the paper guides to the following collections: 

Office of the President, Arizona State University, Records, 1863-1981

Call#:               MSS-1 (ARCV)  

Office of the President (Schwada), Arizona State University, Records, 1961-1984

Call#:               MSS-125

 University Archives Photograph Collection, 1885-1995

Call#:                UP ASUB ###

 University Records Collection, 1885-1990

Call#:               MSS-98

Did You Know?

Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium was the last known design of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, based on his previous design for the Baghdad Opera House.

Groundbreaking for Gammage Auditorium, 1960

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