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Finding ASU History: Campus Buildings

Basic tools for finding ASU history materials

Archivist

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Shannon Walker
Contact:
400 E Van Buren, #942
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 496-7096 office

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, news clippings and photographs for many campus buildings can be found through the University Archives Index. You'll need to record the call numbers from the Index so you can request materials through Ask An Archivist. News clipping files with an INFO number are accessible on a walk-in basis at the Wurzburger Reading Room, Hayden Library, Tempe campus. 

News articles about campus buildings from the State PressASU Insight, and other local papers can be identified from the ASU Newspaper Index. Record the date of issue and the newspaper title to request the newspapers through Ask An Archivist.  

Articles on specific buildings are available in these sources at the Wurburger Reading Room Reference Shelf:

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#:     

Records and Archives

STATISTICAL DATA AND ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS

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 the "Plans Request" tab on this page!

 ARCHIVAL RECORDS:

Construction specifications, correspondence, and memoranda regarding many campus buildings are available within official university records. Records are available for inspection at the Wurzburger Reading RoomSearch the descriptions online at the links below: 

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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