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University Archives: Warner & Swasey Observatory

 
Location: 1975 Taylor Road, East Cleveland, Ohio Description: Concrete-steel construction finished in red brick and stone trimmings, containing observatory, reception room, library, laboratories, apartment, darkroom, offices

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


Formal Name
Warner & Swasey Observatory
Named For
Worcester R. Warner, trustee; Ambrose Swasey, trustee

 


Constructed ca. 1919-1920    
Architect Walker and Weeks    

 


Cost 1916: $8,250 for land
1920: $87,000
Financing
1916: ?
1920: Gift of unknown amount from Worcester R. Warner, trustee and Ambrose Swasey, trustee

Occupants
1920-1949+: Case Astronomy Dept.
Uses
1920-1949+: Research and teaching, library, residence, offices

 


 

Ceremonies
Dedication: 10/12/1920; Dedication of Mural of the Solar System: 1/30/1948
Trivia
First formally named Case building

 

Alterations and Modifications

 

Description
1941: Dome, telescope, exhibition space, and auditorium; exterior of pressed brick with stone trim
Named For
Worcester R. Warner, trustee (auditorium) Edward P. Burrell, friend (telescope)
Architect
Walker and Weeks
General Contractor
The Gillmore-Carmichael-Olson Co.
Cost
$127,285.22
Financing
Gifts of $90,000 from Cornelia and Helen Warner, friends; Gift of $32,000 from Katherine W. Burrell, friend; Gifts of $15,000 in cash plus $10,000 in-kind services from Warner & Swasey Company; Gifts of equipment from Fred Dorn and Mrs. Philip Dorn, friends; Gift of $20,000 from Eckstein Case, trustee; Gifts of $1,000 and less from various donors
Ceremonies
Dedication: 12/17/1941

 

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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