By Janice Schulz
The Archives & Rare Books Library has numerous collections from the Office of the University Architect with records of capital construction, renovation, and special projects dating from 1944 to 2003. The University Architect oversees all aspects of UC’s physical space, and manages the divisions of Planning+Design+Construction, Renovations, Special Projects, Real Estate, Sustainability, Environmental Graphics, and Space Management. The records in our collections document dealings with architects, construction companies, utilities, regulators, and internal planning committees. Included are copies of contracts, proposals, correspondence, meeting minutes, working designs, plans, specifications and drawings, photographs, test and inspection reports, and status reports.
These collections are available to the university community and the public for research. Finding aids and inventories are available in the following formats:
- Finding aids are available on the ARB website for collections UA-81-10, UA-81-11, UA-81-12, UA-00-21, UA-02-20, UA-03-19, UA-04-09, UA-05-03, UA-06-04, and UA-10-11.
- OhioLink finding aids are available for collections UA-99-05, UA-99-07, UA-99-12, UA-02-20, UA-03-19, UA-04-09, UA-05-03, and UA-06-04.
Many of the Architect collections are stored offsite and will need to be ordered and sent to ARB for use. Lead time for these collections is about three business days. Collections stored offsite are UA-81-10, UA-81-11, UA-81-12, UA-99-05, UA-99-07, UA-99-12, UA-00-21, and UA-02-20. To order boxes from these collections, consult the finding aids to locate the boxes you wish to use and contact the Archives & Rare Books Library at 556-1959 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Archives & Rare Books Library also maintains a webpage with information about University buildings, including completion date, architect, cost, and square footage. Also available on this page are scanned historic documents related to UC buildings.