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University Archives - The Changing Campus: 1950

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Following the end of World War II, Case and WRU entered a period of growth, both in enrollment and in their physical campus. Because of building material shortages and restrictions on new construction only a few buildings were completed in the late 1940s, and many of these were old military buildings. (The notable exception being Tomlinson Hall, the new Case student union.) These buildings included the Temporary Building and University Cafeteria at WRU and the Government Building at Case. With the federal government’s help, WRU acquired its own trailer camp in 1947 (the Blackacre Trailer Camp).

By 1950 both institutions were poised for big changes on campus.

At WRU, planning was underway for the 125th anniversary campaign. This campaign called for the construction of new buildings: a library, a men’s dormitory, a Cleveland College building, a science center, a School of Applied Social Sciences building, and the remodeling of Thwing Hall as a student union.

Case began its Diamond Jubilee Campaign in 1952, the first of three successive campaigns raising funds for buildings

Number of buildings in use by Case in 1950: 16.

Number of buildings in use by WRU in 1950: 88.

This pictorial map shows the campuses of Case, WRU, University Hospitals, and some other University Circle facilities. Notice the pictures illustrate some of the functions carried out in the various buildings. Note the "Future Case" showing the planned growth of the Case campus. See also the dotted lines for the Millis Science Center on Adelbert Road and Claud Foster Hall on Euclid Avenue (next to Severance Hall). Note the official seals of WRU and Case in the upper corners.
Here we see the Case and WRU campuses looking north. In the foreground are the railroad tracks that are the southern boundary of the main part of campus. You can see the juxtaposition of the two athletic fields: Van Horn Field on the left and Clarke Field on the right. The bridge over the railroad tracks is the Adelbert Road bridge. You can see the Dental School building, Law School, and medical complex on the right as you go over the bridge. Note the apartment houses lining Cummington Road, now known as Circle Drive.
This aerial shows the Adelbert campus on the left and Case campus on the right with the property line superimposed.
 
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);
- "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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