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Finding ASU History

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, 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 Wurzburger Reading Room Reference Shelf:

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

ASU From the Air: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, by David Scheatzle with Emily Kimling and Mookesh Patel, 2000 Call # 6.20 Sch21 2000

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

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

Vanished ASU, 1990 [exhibit catalog] Call#: LD197.28 V36x 

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 the "Plans Request" tab on this page!


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

ASU Building History in Recent News

ASU Now, 11/10/2020: ASU Completes $50 Million in Recent Facilities Upgrades

ASU Office of Business and Finance: Campus and Building Information, 2005-Present (use the dropdown list on the right to find specific buildings)

ASU Office of Business and Finance: Campus Data Sheet, Facilities

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