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University Archives - The Changing Campus: 1892

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Western Reserve University incorporated in 1884 and added 6 new schools between 1884 and 1892. With the expansion of the university, physical plant expanded. In 1892 Mather College received its first 2 permanent buildings, Guilford House and Clark Hall of Liberal Arts. Adelbert added 2 athletic facilities to its campus: Adelbert Gym, 1888 and the athletic field (later known as Clarke Field).

The new WRU president, Charles F. Thwing, moved to a new residence at 11109 Bellflower Road, freeing up Cutler Hall (the former president’s residence) for new purposes.

Following the fire that nearly destroyed the Main Building in 1886, Case built 3 new buildings in addition to rebuilding Case Main: the Chemical Laboratory, 1887; Chemical Laboratory, 1892; and Mechanical Laboratory, 1892. The Chemistry Department received a separate building before other departments because many believed the fire was caused by the Chemistry Department (though nothing was proven).

Number of buildings in use by Case in 1892: 4.

Number of buildings in use by WRU in 1892: 13.

This map shows the Case and Adelbert campuses. The building by the railroad tracks is the Chemical Laboratory, 1887. After the newer laboratory building was built in 1892, this building was moved and became the residence for the janitor. (It was not razed until 1955.)
A view of the Case campus from Lilac Drive, now known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. You can see (from left to right) Case Main Building, Chemical Laboratory, 1892, and the Mechanical Laboratory, 1892.
Another view of the Case campus taken from a rooftop at about East 107th Street. From left to right are Case Main, the Chemical Laboratory, 1892, (Adelbert Hall, the dormitory, is behind it), the Electrical Laboratory, and the Mechanical Laboratory, 1892.
The 2 buildings for the College for Women are Clark Hall on the left and Guilford House on the right.
Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, November 2004.


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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);
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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.

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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?
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