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University Archives: Buildings Compendium


The staff of the University Archives has compiled summaries of buildings and grounds used by Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, 1882-1949.

Information includes:

  • People associated with the buildings (architects, general contractors, donors, occupants)
  • Dates of significant events (construction, alterations, demolition, purchase, sale, ceremonies)
  • Formal and popular names
  • Descriptions (images, locations, size, architectural style)
  • Uses
  • Finances (costs and funding sources)

Information is included only during the time period that a particular building/space was under University control. Investment properties are not included.
Some information about some buildings is not available.
Unknown data is indicated by a question mark (?).

There are two indexes: alphabetical (arranged by building identifier) and chronological (arranged by date of first use). The building identifiers are derived from a controlled vocabulary created and used by the University Archives. Both lists link to detailed descriptions of the buildings.

All sources used are in the Archives and may be consulted in the Archives. We used:

These Kinds of Records
annual reports
architectural drawings
commencement programs
faculty/staff directories
newspaper clippings
press releases
student yearbooks
That Were Created By
Case Astronomy
Case Camp Case
Case Chemical Engineering
Case Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Case Civil Engineering
Case Dean
Case Development
Case Electrical Engineering
Case Engineering
Case Faculty
Case Geology and Mineralogy
Case Graduate Program
Case Humanities and Social Sciences
Case Industrial Liaison Office
Case Mathematics
Case Mechanical Engineering
Case Metallurgy
Case Organizational Sciences
Case Physics
Case Plant Operations
Case President
Case Public Relations
Case Students
Case Trustees
Case Trustees Secretary
CWRU Attorney
WRU Attorney
WRU Medicine Faculty
WRU Plant Services
WRU President
WRU Secretary
WRU Students
WRU Trustees
WRU Vice President for Development
Organized in These Series
ID School Records
      University-wide Publications
  20AA Case Catalogs, 1881-1983
[searched only 1881-1949]
  1AA WRU/CWRU Catalogs, 1830-2003
[searched only 1880-1949]
  24AA WRU Medicine Catalogs, 1843-1995
[searched only box 1]
  19DA1 Case Annual Reports, 1886-1967
[searched only 1886-1949]
  1DA WRU/CWRU Annual Reports, 1886-2002
[searched only 1886-1949]
  20PY Case Student Yearbooks, 1896-1972
[searched only 1896-1949]
  4PY WRU/CWRU Student Yearbooks, 1884-2001
[searched only 1884-1949]
  22PY WRU Mather Student Yearbooks, 1897-1954
  19H Case Histories, 1877-1963
[searched only box 1 folders 2, 3]
  19AD Case Faculty/Staff Directory, 1939-1969
[searched only 1939-1949]
  7PA6 WRU/CWRU Faculty/Staff Directory, 1922-2003
[searched only 1922-1949]
  1VC1 WRU/Case Commencement Programs, 1883-2002
[searched only 1883-1949]
      University-wide Governing Bodies
  19BE Case Trustee Minutes, 1880-1967
[searched only 1880-1949]
  2JD WRU Trustee Minutes, 1826-1941
[searched only 1880-1941]
  2JE WRU Prudential Committee, 1912-1932
  2JG WRU Trustee Facilities and Endowment Committee, 1928
  2KD WRU Trustees Minutes, 1884-1941
  2KE WRU Trustee Executive Committee, 1885-1939
  2KP WRU Trustee Budget Committee, 1931
  2LD WRU Trustees Minutes, 1941-1957
  2LE WRU Trustee Executive Committee, 1939-1957
      Senior Administrators
  19DB1 Case President Cady Staley, 1881-1911*
  19DB2 Case President Charles Howe, 1902-1932*
  19DB3 Case President William Wickenden, 1929-1947*
  19DB4 Case President T. Keith Glennan, 1932-1965*
[searched only box 3]
  1DB6 WRU President Charles Thwing, 1883-1937*
  1DB7 WRU President Robert Vinson, 1919-1933*
  1DB8 WRU President Winfred Leutner, 1923-1956*
  19BB2 Case Trustees Secretary, 1879-1934
[searched only boxes 1, 2]
  19ND Case Treasurer and Vice President of Administration and Finance, 1917-1973
[searched only boxes 5, 7, 8, 11, 12]
  2DB WRU Secretary/Treasurer, 1833-1959
  20DB2 Case Dean Elmer Hutchisson, 1946-1956*
[searched only box 28]
  20DB3 Case Dean Karl McEachron, 1956-1974*
[searched only box 2]
      Administrative Departments
  6LP WRU/CWRU Attorney Property Files, 1917-1989
  19KD Case Plant Operations, 1954-1964
[searched only boxes 2, 3, 4]
  6PD WRU/CWRU Plant Services, 1929-1971
[searched only records dated before 1949]
  19PD Case Public Relations, 1941-1969
[searched only boxes 1, 4, 5]
  7DB1 WRU Vice President for Development, 1947-1950
  19JF Case Fundraising Campaigns, 1926-1970
[searched only box 1]
  7FK1 WRU Fundraising Campaigns, 1941
  7FS21 WRU Adelbert College Fundraising Campaigns, 1930-1931
  7FS22 WRU Flora Stone Mather College Fundraising Campaigns, 1906
  19PI Case Industrial Liaison Office, 1949-1955
[searched only box 2]
  19ZA Case Archives, 1949-1969
[searched only box 2 folder 1]
      Faculty/Academic Departments/Programs
  19FF Case Faculty, 1887-1967
[searched only 1887-1949]
  24FJ WRU/CWRU Medicine Faculty, 1843-1982 [searched only box 1]
  19FH Case Astronomy, 1930-1965
[searched only boxes 1, 2, 3 and combination box 2]
  19FI Case Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 1889-1967
  19FJ Case Mathematics, 1944-1967
  19FK Case Physics, 1899-1964
  19FL Case Engineering, 1944-1967
[searched only boxes 1, 3, 4 and combination box 2]
  19FM Case Chemical Engineering, n.d.
[searched only combination box 2]
  19FN Case Civil Engineering, 1942-1964
[searched only box 1]
  19FP Case Electrical Engineering, n.d.
  19FQ Case Mechanical Engineering, 1887-1961
  19FR Case Metallurgy, 1905-1960
  19FS Case Organizational Sciences, n.d.
[searched only combination box 2]
  19FT Case Humanities and Social Science, n.d.
[searched only combination box 2]
  19FZ3 Case Geology and Mineralogy, n.d.
  19GH Case Graduate Program Histories, n.d.
  19GL Case Graduate Program Lecture Series, n.d.
  19ZC Case Camp Case, 1919-1946
[searched only box 2]
  20MN Case Navy V-12 Program, n.d.
  20MW Case World War I Training Program, n.d.
      Personal Papers
  19BI77 Case Frank Quail, 1911-1973*
  19IN2 Case Jason J. Nassau, 1919-1977*
[searched only box 2]
  19IT2 Case Karl Thompson, n.d.
  19IY1 Case Herbert Young, n.d.
  24X WRU Medicine Predecessor Schools, 1864-1910
[searched only box 3]
  61B WRU Pharmacy By-laws and Charters, n.d.
[searched only box 1]
  19DC Case Central Files,
[searched only boxes 52, 78, 81]
  1K Case/WRU/CWRU Buildings, 1826-2003+
[searched only 1880-1949]
  1KB Case/WRU/CWRU Architectural Drawings, 1826-2003+
[searched only 1880-1949]
  1KI WRU Building Inventories, 1921-1964
  24KM WRU/CWRU Medicine Buildings, 1885-1967
[searched only box 1]
  1KM Case/WRU/CWRU Maps, 1880-1990s
[searched only 1880-1949]
  19ZY Case Reference File, 1851-1965
[searched only box 4 folder 9]
  QuikRef Case Ms. Pinches' Case Firsts, 1877-?
  QuikRef Case/WRU/CWRU Buildings, n.d.

* These dates are the span of the record series, not the individual's tenure in office. For personal papers, these dates are the span of the record series, not the individual's life span.

Collections FAQ

Why isn't the book on the shelf?
Find out where a book is before you go to the shelf. Search the Case Catalog to see what it says like
- "Check Shelves" (look on the shelves, find it, & check it out);
- "Just Checked In" (ask staff for help, it's nearby, but too soon to be back on the shelves yet);
- "Off Campus" (out at an OhioLINK school);
- "Due mm/dd/yyyy" (it’s checked out until that date.) 
Tip: If it is not available, order an OhioLINK copy
Can I return books to a different Library?

Return Case or OhioLINK items to any Case library, yes. Case libraries have different hours, so your book might not get checked in on the day you return it if you use a bookdrop.

Return the CPL@Case-KSL books only to KSL, so the collection is here for you & others. Case libraries are not responsible for returning other local libraries’ books. Returning public library books here will not check them off of your account at those libraries.

What does "Check Shelves" mean?
"Check Shelves" means it is supposed to be on the shelf. If it isn’t there, double-check what the Case Catalog currently says to make sure that nobody else has checked it out or has kept it out too long.
How long does reshelving take?
The times are different, depending on what is being reshelved and what time of semester it is. KSL goal: to reshelve journals within 24 weekday hours, reshelve books within 48 hours. During peak times (end of semester) the time can be longer. Ask staff at the Main Service Desk for help.
How do I reserve a book?
Books are on the shelves for anyone who needs them, and are not reserved for individual use. If our book is checked out, order a copy from the OhioLINK.
Where are the UL Storage Stacks?
KSL has a university center half a mile from KSL, where lesser used or brittle books are kept, and the catalog search screen will display "UL Storage." You can visit the Center during daytime hours, or use an online request form to bring back the item to KSL. The center is now called RRCC (Retrospective Research Collections Center.)
Can I get a book or video on a specific date?
Yes, Case faculty, staff, & students can find out more details and use a convenient online request form for Book a Video or DVD  (KSL’s other collections are available only on a first-come basis for everyone, and cannot be booked ahead of time.)
What does a Book on Order mean? When will it get here?
When the catalog item displays “1 copy ordered for (library name)” the item is already in the library getting the final processing labels, etc., and will soon be on the shelf! Ask staff if there are other copies avaialable in OhioLINK in the meantime, or if you have an urgent need.
What is a PIN?
Your PIN is not assigned, you choose what it is and enter it on the Case Catalog at “View Your Library Record,” following the instructions. A Case Library PIN is a Personal Identification Number that protects your information, just like your bank ATM asks for a similar security PIN.
How do I get a library account & where can I look at it?
Case faculty, staff, and students automatically have online library accounts. You can look at it on the Case Catalog under “View your library record.” Use your library account to renew items on line and keep track of what you have checked out or ordered from OhioLINK or RRCC or Iron Mountain sites. Your Case ID is your library card!

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