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Univeristy Archives: Adelbert Road, 2145

Location: 2145 Adelbert Road Description: 2-story plus basement, Italian Renaissance style, 76x44 feet, of Ohio buff sandstone backed with brick, copper roof
The inscription below the main cornice is from The Holy Bible. Exodus 18:20. "And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt show them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do."

This property continued in use after 1949. Post-1949 research is not yet completed.

Other Names
Law School Building
Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law
School of Law


Constructed ca. 1895-1896    
Architect Charles F. Schweinfurth    


Cost 1895: construction ca. $25,000
1895 land: $15,000
1895: Gifts of $5,000 from various donors; loan of $15,000

1896-1917: School of Law
1918-1919: School of Law and School of Library Science
1920-1942: School of Law
1943-1944: School of Law and United States Army Air Corps trainees (28th College Training Detachment (Air Crew)) (1st and 2nd floors)
1945-1949+: School of Law
1896-1944: Academic or administrative
1943-1944: Residence
1945-1949+?: Academic or administrative



Cornerstone laying: 6/15/1896
First building constructed for School of Law


Alterations and Modifications

1914: 2-story, 40x75 feet
$25,000 estimated
Gifts of at least $12,000 from unknown donors


Alterations and Modifications

1943: Converted 1st and 2nd floors to barracks


Alterations and Modifications

1948: 3-story steel and masonry building, brick masonry backed tile partition and reinforced concrete floors, 48x82 feet, 40 feet high
Garfield, Harris, Robinson & Schafer
General Contractor
The Hunkin-Conkey Construction Company
ca. $350,000
$121,390 from operating funds; Gifts of $29,626 from unknown donors


This summary was compiled by staff of the University Archives from sources in the custody of the Archives.



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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