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University Archives - The Changing Campus: 1980

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The challenges posed by Federation, compounded by dropping enrollment nationwide, and cut-backs in federal funds created fiscally-tight conditions on campus throughout the 1970s. After the completion of Gund Hall for the Law School in 1971 and the dedication of the Health Sciences Center in 1972, the only building construction on campus until 1986 was the renovation of Thwing Hall and Hitchcock Hall into Thwing Center in 1980. This renovation included the addition of a bookstore and atrium. The dedication of Thwing Center was held in conjunction with the inauguration of David V. Ragone as third president of CWRU in November 1980. The newly-remodeled Thwing Center was featured in the January 1981 issue of Architectural Record.


The last 10 years saw the disappearance of a campus landmark. In 1972 the venerable Case Main Building was razed. Many alumni fought to save the building, but the wrecking ball hit in March. All was not forgotten, however. The Michelson-Morley fountain was located on the site of Case Main. The stones and decorative elements from Case Main were saved and used in the landscaping around the fountain and in front of Yost and Pardee Halls. The Case Quad was renamed the Kent Smith Quadrangle, and the sign for the Case campus, located on the southeast corner of Euclid Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, incorporated stone from Case Main. Alumni also received stones as souvenirs.

Number of buildings in use by CWRU in 1980: 98.

This map shows the campus in 1981. The new Law School building (Gund Hall) is located on East Boulevard, across from the Garden Center. This map shows the architect's intent which was to have Gund Hall shaped liked a gavel. Also notice that Case Main is now missing.
Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, November 2004.


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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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