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University Archives: Case Main Building

 
Location: north central part of Case campus Description: 3 stories plus basement and attic; 92x167 feet; containing offices, classrooms, laboratories

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


Other Names
Case Main
Main Building
Old Main
   

 


Constructed 4/1883-1885    
Architect 1885: John Eisenmann    

 


Occupants
1885-1886 Case President, all academic department
  1886-1888 vacant
  1888-1890 Case President, Mathematics Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Electrical Engineering Dept., Mechanical Engineering Dept., Mining Engineering Dept., Physics Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Modern Languages Dept., English Dept.
  1890-1892 Case President, Astronomy Dept., Mathematics Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Electrical Engineering Dept., Mechanical Engineering Dept., Mining Engineering Dept., Physics Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Modern Languages Dept., English Dept.
  1892-1894 Case President, Astronomy Dept., Mathematics Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Electrical Engineering Dept., Physics Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Modern Languages Dept., English Dept.
  1894-1896 Case President, Mathematics & Astronomy Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Electrical Engineering Dept., Natural History Dept., Physics Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Modern Languages Dept., English Dept.
  1896-1898 Case President, Mathematics & Astronomy Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Natural History Dept., Physics Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Modern Languages Dept., English Dept.
  1898-1903 Case President, Mathematics & Astronomy Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Applied Mechanics Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Natural History Dept., Physics Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Modern Languages Dept., English Dept.
  1903-1906 Case President, Mathematics & Astronomy Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Applied Mechanics Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Natural History Dept., Physics Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Modern Languages Dept., English Dept., Economics Dept.
  1906-1907 Case President, General Library, Mathematics & Astronomy Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Applied Mechanics Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Natural History Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Modern Languages Dept., English Dept., Economics Dept.
  1907-1917 Case President, General Library, Mathematics & Astronomy Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Applied Mechanics Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Natural History Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Modern Languages Dept., English Dept.
  1917-1927 Case President, General Library, Mathematics & Astronomy Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Applied Mechanics Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Modern Languages Dept., English Dept.
  1927-1928 Case President, General Library, Mathematics & Astronomy Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Applied Mechanics Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Modern Languages Dept., English Dept., Economics Dept., History Dept.
  1928-1930 Case President, General Library, Mathematics & Astronomy Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Modern Languages Dept., English Dept., Economics Dept., History Dept.
  1930-1931 Case President, General Library, Mathematics Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Modern Languages Dept., English Dept., Economics Dept., History Dept.
  1931-1932 Case President, General Library, Mathematics Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Engineering Administration Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Modern Languages Dept., English Dept., Economics Dept., History Dept.
  1932-1940 Case President, General Library, Mathematics Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Engineering Administration Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Language & Literature Dept., Social Studies Dept.
  1940-1948 Case President, Case Secretary, Case Treasurer, General Library, Mathematics Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Engineering Administration Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Language & Literature Dept., Social Studies Dept.
  1948-1949 Case President, Case Secretary, Case Treasurer, General Library, Mathematics Dept., Civil Engineering Dept., Engineering Administration Dept., Engineering Drawing Dept., Geology & Mineralogy Dept., Language & Literature Dept., Social Studies Dept.
Uses 1885-1886 offices, classes, research and teaching
  1886-1888 none
  1888-1905 offices, classes, research and teaching
  1906-1949+ offices, classes, research and teaching, library

 


 

Ceremonies
Groundbreaking: 4/24/1883
Trivia
First Case building in University Circle

 

Alterations and Modifications

Description
1888: Rebuilt after fire on 10/27/1886 destroyed much of the original building
1892: Converted attic to a gymnasium
1896: Installed electricity
1932: Converted unused space in tower to a supplementary gymnasium
1940: Remodeled basement, first and second floors; replaced south first floor entrance by entrance at basement level
1948: Remodeled fourth floor offices and tower
Architect
1888: Clarence O. Arey
Cost
1888: ?
1892: ?
1896: ?
1932: ?
1940: $33,461.45
1948: ?
Financing
1888: ?
1892: ?
1896: ?
1932: ?
1940: Operating funds
1948: ?

 

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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