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University Archives: Pierce Hall

Location: southern part of Adelbert campus, west side of Adelbert Road Description: 3-story building of 27,318 net square feet, containing offices, classrooms, labs; attached to Cutler Hall by hallway on east side of building

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

Formal Name
Pierce Hall
Named For
George Pierce, WRC president
Other Names
1930-1931: Pierce-Cutler Hall
1888-1892, 1930-1931: Adelbert Hall
1934: Adelbert Dorm


Constructed ?-1882    


Cost 1882: ca. $45,000 ($177,000-$181,000 for Adelbert Main Building and Pierce Hall)
1881: Gift of $50,000 and part of $30,969.79 from Amasa Stone

1882-? Adelbert College students
  1886-? Case students
  1894-1896 School of Law
  1897-1903 ?
  1904-1916 School of Library Science (south end of 1st and 2nd floors)
  1913 Delta Tau Delta fraternity
  1916?-1918 School of Library Science (south end of 1st and 2nd floors) and School of Applied Social Sciences
  1918 Student Army Training Corps
  1919 Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity
  1919-1923 Zeta Beta Tau fraternity
  1920-1921 Psi Omega fraternity
  1921-1922 Kappa Nu fraternity
  1922-1924 Delta Theta Pi fraternity, Phi Delta Phi fraternity
  1923-1924 Alpha Kappa Upsilon fraternity, Phi Delta Chi fraternity
  1924 Tau Epsilon Rho fraternity
  1925 WRU Geology Dept., School of Library Science, School of Pharmacy
  1926 Phi Delta Gamma fraternity
  1927-1929 ?
  1930-1932+ School of Library Science, WRU Geology Dept. and WRU Chemistry Dept.
  1933 School of Pharmacy, Classics Dept. library
  ?-1943 WRU English Dept., Political Science Dept., Sociology Dept., Speech Dept., WRU Geology and Geography Dept., Pharmacognosy Dept., School of Applied Social Sciences, School of Pharmacy, WRU Chemistry Dept.
  1943-1944 United States Army Air Corps trainees (28th College Training Detachment (Air Crew))
  1945 ?
  1946 School of Architecture, WRU Geology and Geography Dept., WRU English Dept., Speech Dept., Political Science Dept., Sociology Dept., Religion Dept., WRU Chemistry Dept.
  1947-1948 ?
  1949+ School of Architecture
Uses 1882-? Residence
  1894-1912 Academic or administrative
  1913 Residence
  1914-1916 ?
  1916-1918 Academic or administrative
  1918-1926 Residence
  1925-1943 Classes, research, and offices
  1943-1944 Residence
  1946-? Classes, research, and offices



Dedication: 10/26/1882
First WRU men's dormitory


Alterations and Modifications

1925: Unspecified alterations
Charles W. Hopkinson
General Contractor
A. A. Lane Construction Co.


Alterations and Modifications


1930: Remodeled basement and 3rd floor
$27,000 estimated
Operating funds


Alterations and Modifications


1943: Convered classrooms and offices to barracks
$16,301.39 for Pierce Hall and Cutler Hall
Partially financed from United States Army fees


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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