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University Archives - The Changing Campus: 1960

1950 | Return to Introduction | 1970

The campuses looked significantly different since 1950. New buildings sprung up on the north and south sides of Euclid Avenue.

By 1960, WRU had completed Beaumont Hall for the School of Applied Social Sciences, I. F. Freiberger Library, Claud Foster Hall (dormitory), and Newton D. Baker Memorial Building for Cleveland College. The athletic field was completely renovated and dedicated October 6, 1951 as Justice John H. Clarke Field. The John Schoff Millis Science Center and Joseph Treloar Wearn Laboratory for Medical Research were underway (both buildings being dedicated together in 1962).


By 1960, Case had completed Yost Hall and Pardee Hall (the first two dormitories for Case), Sam W. Emerson Physical Education Center, Lester and Ruth P. Sears Library-Humanities Building, William E. Wickenden Electrical Engineering Building, the north addition to the Albert W. Smith Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Building, Strosacker Auditorium, Frank Adgate Quail Building, the Propulsion and Aerodynamics Lab (commonly called the Jet Propulsion Lab), and the Nassau Astronomical Station in Montville, Ohio.

Number of buildings in use by Case in 1960: 19.

Number of buildings in use by WRU in 1960: 67.

In this aerial photograph we see the railroad tracks cutting vertically through the right third of the photo. Van Horn Field and Clarke Field are to the immediate left of the tracks. Note the new Emerson Physical Education Center next to Van Horn. You can see the new buildings on the Case campus immediately to the left of Van Horn. Above Severance Hall you can see the new Freiberger Library and to the right of Severance, Claud Foster Hall.
This map shows the Adelbert and Case campuses. On the southwest corner of Adelbert Road and Euclid Avenue is the new Baker Building. On the Case side (lower half) you can see the new buildings: Pardee Hall, Rockefeller addition (labeled as "New Physics building"), Strosacker Auditorium (labeled as "Lecture Hall"), the Smith Building addition (labeled as "New Chemistry Building"), Yost Hall, Wickenden Building (labeled as "Electrical Engineering Building"), Sears Library (labeled as "Library - Humanities Building"), Propulsion Laboratory, Calder Clinic (labeled as "Health Clinic"), Emerson Physical Education Center (labeled as "Gymnasium" and "Aquatics"), and next to the railroad tracks, the Quail Building.


This aerial view shows primarily the original parts of the Case and WRU campuses. Euclid Avenue is the vertical street on the left. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is in the foreground. The railroad tracks cut the top right corner.
Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, November 2004.


1950 | Return to Introduction | 1970

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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