Guide to the Buildings and Campus Collection, 1911-2015

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Overview of the Collection

Scope and Content Note

Administrative Information

Restrictions

Subjects and Contributors

Arrangement

Detailed Description of the Collection


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, Connecticut College
Creator: Connecticut College.
Title: Buildings and Campus collection
Dates: 1911-2015
Call Number: AG01
Extent: 8 cubic feet (18 boxes, 1 oversized)
Language: In English
Abstract: An artificial collection of material documenting the development of the Connecticut College campus, including architectural plans, building specifications, correspondence, fundraising material, and planning records.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of materials documenting the development of the Connecticut College campus, including architectural plans, correspondence, financial information, fundraising, grant applications, and press coverage. Of particular note is a series of correspondence between early College administrators, trustees, and architects regarding the planning and opening of the College (see Series I: Planning the College).

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Buildings and Campus Collection. Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, Connecticut College.

Processed By

Rebecca Parmer, 2015

Acquisitions Information

Developed as an artificial collection; some material collected by Gertrude Noyes in preparation for her manuscript, A History of Connecticut College (1982). Additional material collected by various College departments over several decades.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Subjects and Contributors

 
Names:
Ames, Oakes, 1931-
Blunt, Katharine, 1876-1954
Gaudiani, Claire
Marshall, Benjamin Tinkham, 1872-1946
Park, Rosemary
Plant, Morton F., 1852-1918
Shain, Charles E.
Sykes, Frederick Henry, 1863-1917
Organizations:
Connecticut College
Connecticut College for Women
Subjects:
College buildings--Design and construction
Connecticut College
Connecticut College. Arboretum
Landscape architecture--Design and plans

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Arrangement

Organized into three series:

  • Series I: Planning the College
  • Series II: Building Files (alphabetical by building name)
  • Series III: Plans

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection

Series I: Planning the College

Correspondence documenting the planning of Connecticut College and construction of its first buildings, including letters and notes between trustees, College administration, architects, builders, and suppliers.

Box Folder Description Date(s)
  Series I: Planning the College  
1 1 Oliver Gildersleeve 1911-1913
1 2-8 Ewing and Chappell (7 folders) 1911-1916
1 9 Ewing and Chappell Contract c.1911
1 10 Miscellaneous Correspondence Pertaining to the First Building 1913-1915
1 11 Norcross Brothers, Co. 1914-1915
1 12 Daboll and Crandall 1915
1 13 L.E. Knott Apparatus Company 1915-1917
1 14, 15 H.R. Douglas, Inc. (2 folders) 1916, 1918-1919
1 16 Memoirs of Harold C. Bernhard, Architect 1979

 

Series II: Building Files

Records documenting the development of the Connecticut College campus, including campus master planning, correspondence, contracts, architectural files, plans, and financial records.

Box Folder Description Date(s)
  Series II: Building Files  
  Comprehensive Campus Plan 1930s
2 1   Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes 1926
2 2   Research 1931
2 3   Contest 1931-1933
2 4-8  Correspondence and Meeting Notes (5 folders) 1931-1938
2 9  Faculty Committee Meeting Minutes and Response 1931-1937
2 10   Notes on Different Layouts (Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon) 1933
2 11   Hudnut Plan Preliminary Report 1937
2 12   Summary of All the Campus Plans 1937
2 13 Campus Plans 1913, 1933, n.d.
2 14 Campus Historical Study 1962-1965
2 15 Campus Master Plan 1962-1965
2 16 Campus Master Plan 1986
OS Comprehensive Master Plan 2000
    Emily Abbey House  
3 1  Correspondence and Notes of Katharine Blunt 1938-1940
3 2  Contract and Finances 1939
3 3  Operations and Expenses 1939-1947, 1963
3 4  Press 1939, 195?
3 5   Closing Possibility 1983
3   Jane Addams House  
3 6   Biographical Information 1924-1960 (with gaps)
3 7   Planning and Construction 1936-1956
3 8   Fundraising 1936-1938
3 9-11   Fire (3 folders) 1968-1969
  Athletic Center  
3 12, 13   Planning and Construction of New Athletic Center (2 folders) 1970-1984
3 14   Architect's Drawings 1979
3 15   Dedication 1984
    Expansion 1958
4 1,2     Planning and Construction of Expansion (2 folders) 1984-1990
4 3     Crew Facilities 1984-1991
4 4     Architect's Drawings 1989-1990
4 5     Pool 1989-1990
4 6     Dedication of Charles B. Luce Fieldhouse 1992
4 7   Track 1959
  Charles and Sarah Pithouse '27 Becker House  
4 8   Status Review 1990
4 9   Dedication 9/21/1991
  Frederic Bill Hall  
4 10   General Information and Founding 1938-1940
4 11   Press and Media 1938-1985 (with gaps)
4 12   Telescope and Observatory 1913, 1938-1946
OS   Telescope and Observatory Blueprints 1939
4 13   Daghlian Accelerator Laboratory 1986
4 14 Blackstone Bookshop 1917, 1922
  Blackstone House  
4 15   Floorplans n.d.
    Blaustein Humanities Center  
4 16   Correspondence 1975-1986
4 17   Press 1975-1980
4 18   Fundraising Materials c.1979-1980
4 19   Planning and Construction 1984-1985
4 20   Plans 1985, n.d.
4 21   Dedication 1985-1986
4 22   Building Information and Memorial Rooms c.1986
  Katharine Blunt House  
5 1   Planning and Construction 1946-1949
5 2   Opening 1947
5 3  Fire 1976
5 4 Boathouse 1917-1919, 1988
  Branford House  
5 5   Floorplans and Blueprints 1919, n.d.
5 6, 7  Correspondence between Benjamin Marshall and George S. Chappell (2 folders) 1919-1920
5 8 Buck Lodge 1938-2008 (with gaps)
5 9 Burdick House 1958-1959, 1967
5 10 Castle House 1963-1967
5 11 Children's School (formerly Nursery School) 1937-1939, 1974-1978
5 12 Cleveland House (proposed dormitory) 1931
  College Inn and Tea House  
5 13   Correspondence and Renovation 1936-1945
OS  Blueprints 1936
  Crozier Williams Student Center  
5 14   General Planning and Fundraising 1945, 1951-1957
5 15   History and Interview with Virginia C. Rose 1951
5 16   Architectural Planning 1952
5 17   Alumna Involvement in Planning 1956-1957
OS   Floorplans 1957
5 18   Press 1957, 1959
5 19   Sykes Fund/Alumnae Center 1921-1961 (with gaps)
5 20   Sykes Alumnae Center Dedication 1959
5 21, 22   Renovation (2 folders) 1976, 1981-1991
5 23   Moving and Dedication 1992-1993
6   Joanne and Nathan Cummings Art Center  
1   Fundraising 1952, 1962-1968
2, 3   Planning (2 folders) 1962-1969
4   Special Gifts 1964-1969
5   "Defenders of the View" Protest 1965-1966
6   Groundbreaking and Construction 1967-1968
OS   Plans 1967
7   Dedication 1969
8   General Information and Brochures 1972, 1982
  Dayton Arena (see also Athletic Center)  
9   Early Ice Rink Planning 1971-1972
10, 11   Pierpont Proposal (2 folders) 1974
7 1   Opposition to Pierpont Proposal 1974
2   Support for Pierpont Proposal 1974
3   Alternative Ice Rink Options 1974-1978
4   Planning and Construction 1977-1979
5, 6   Contracting and Costs (2 folders) 1978-1982, 1990
7   Publicity 1979-1983
8   Dedication and Opening 1980
9   Budget and Operating Costs 1980-1982
10   Public Programming 1981
11  Correspondence 1981-1982
12 Dormitory Enrollment Figures 1916-1971 (with gaps)
8   Faculty Housing  
1   Mohegan, Oneco, Nameaug, and Leib House 1916, 1922, 1934-1942 (with gaps)
2, 3   North Ridge Road (2 folders) 1931-1946 (with gaps)
4   4 North Ridge Road 1939, 1986
OS   4 North Ridge Road Drawings and Blueprints 1939
5   General Plans and Notes 1935-1936, 1982
6  Winchester Road 1951-1953
7 Fairfield House (proposed dormitory) 1931-1942, 1952, 1963
8 Fanning Hall 1915-1968 (with gaps)
9 Flagpoles 1940
10 Harrison Freeman House 1937-1941
11 Gatehouse 1966
12 Golf Course (proposed) 1932-1933
  Hale Laboratory  
13   Funding and Planning 1953-1955
OS   Architectural Drawings and Plans 1954
14   Construction 1954
15   Dedication and Naming Ceremonies 1955, 1978-1979
16  Press 1956
9   Harkness Chapel  
1   Budget, Contracts, and Correspondence 1928, 1938-1945
2   Laying of Cornerstone 1938
3   Consecration 1939-1940
4   Building Information 1940s
5  Mary Harkness Memorial 1950
  Mary Harkness House  
6   Correspondence between Frederick Sykes and Edward Harkness 1914-1916
7   Contracts and General Building Information 1933-1934
8  Correspondence between Katharine Blunt and Mary Harkness 1934-1947
  Holmes Hall  
9  Planning and Renovation 1928-1936
  Horizon Admissions Building  
10   Planning, Groundbreaking, and Dedication 1987-1989
  Knowlton House (formerly Colonial House)  
11   Building Specifications and Correspondence with Architects 1923-1978 (bulk 1923-1934)
12  Dedication 1925
13 Larrabee House 1949, 1957-1958, 1979
14 S. Ralph Lazrus House 1963-1965
  Charles B. Luce Fieldhouse (see Athletic Center)  
  New London Hall  
15   General Information and Notes n.d.
16   Correspondence 1915-1916
17   Specifications for Changes at NL Hall and Greenhouse Mason Work 1935
18   Purchase of Instructional Equipment 1960-1968
19   Cobb's Lab Plans 1969
20  Press 1976-1983
    Renovation, 1978-1985  
21     Proposal 1978
10 1     Correspondence and Notes 1978-1987
2-5     Plans and Notes, Floors One to Four (4 folders) 1981-1983
6     McKeen Memorial Laboratories Fundraising 1979-1981
7   McKeen Memorial Laboratories Dedication 1981
8  Miscellaneous Architectural Drawings 1982-1983
   Renovation, 2008-2011  
OS     Proposal for Design Services 2008
17 11-18    Renovation Proposals (8 folders) 2008
  North Complex  
10 9   Planning and Construction 1959-1960
10   Costs and Funding 1959-1960
11, 12, OS   Application for Loan Assistance under Title IV of the Housing Act of 1950 (2 folders) 1960
13   Groundbreaking, Cornerstone Laying 1960-1961
11 14, 1   Naming (2 folders) 1961-1965
2   Information about Alice Hamilton 1961-1969
3   Press 1961
4   Moving In Day and Open House 1962-1963
5  Renovations 1996
6 North Cottage 1935, 1962
7 Off-Campus Houses (Mohegan, Deshon, Broad St) 1916-1922, 1970
  Outing Club Hut at Miller's Pond  
8   Correspondence and Lease 1922-1924
9   Press 1923
10  Construction 1924
  F.W. Olin Science Center  
11   Announcement of Funding 1992
12   Press 1992-1995
13   Dedication Planning 1994-1995
14, 15  Ribbon Cutting and Dedication (2 folders) 1995
  Palmer Auditorium  
16   General Building Information 1938, n.d.
17   Planning and Construction 1936-1941, 1951
18   Press 1938-1976 (with gaps)
19   Dedication 1939
12 1, 2   Use of (2 folders) 1939-1947
3   Parking Area Plans 1941
4   Concert Shell 1964-1965
5  Redecoration 1981
  Palmer Library  
6   General Building Information n.d.
7   Correspondence with Palmer Family 1919-1922, 1938-1941
8   Planning and Construction 1922-1925
9   Moving In and Presentation 1923
    1941 Addition  
10, 11     Construction of Wings (2 folders) 1929-1942
12     Furnishings 1940-1942
13    Press 1942, 1962
14   Lithograph of Palmer Library Doorway 1943
15   Press 1949-1965
16   Memorial Designations 1950-1986 (with gaps)
17-19   Correspondence re: Possible Expansion of (3 folders) 1971
13 1   Report on Expansion of 1971
  Plant House  
2   Planning and Construction Costs 1915
3  Press and Floorplans 1915, 1963
  Charles E. Shain Library  
13, 14 4-10, 1, 2   Planning Correspondence (9 folders) 1960-1980
3   Proposed Expansion 1971
4, OS   Plans and Drawings 1972-1973
5   Press 1972-1978
6-8   Building Fund (3 folders) 1972-1981
9   Groundbreaking 1974
10   Library Benefit Ball 1976-1977
11   Moving Day Planning and Schedules 1976
12   Acceptance Ceremony 1976
13-15   Dedication (3 folders) 1976
16   Post-Construction Concerns 1977
15 1   Naming Ceremony 1985
2   Renovation 1995
3  Charles Chu Reading Room 2001
18   2014 Renovation
1     Committee Meetings 2004-2012
2     Budget 2012
3     Focus Groups 2012
4     Specifications 2013
5     Schematic Design Documents 2013-2014
6     Pre-Renovation Photographs 2014
7, 8     Finishes and Furnishings (2 folders) 2014
9, 10     Architectural Renderings (2 folders) 2014
11     Landscape Plan 2014
12     Technology Commons 2014
13     Guides 2014-2015
15 4 Grace Smith House 1940-1944
5 Steel House 1934-1935, 1976
  Tansill Black Box Theater at Hillyer Hall  
6, 7   Planning Correspondence (2 folders) 1982-1999
8   Plan for Performing Arts Space 1992
9   Proposed Architectural Plans 1993
10   Plans and Specifications 1993-1994
11   Press 1993, 1997
12  Budget and Construction Schedules 1994-1995
16   Thames Hall  
1   General Building Information n.d.
2   Correspondence 1913-1916
3  Specifications c.1915
  Vinal Cottage  
4   General Building Information n.d.
5  Planning and Correspondence 1921-1929
  Lilian Warnshuis Infirmary  
6   General Building Information n.d.
7   Memorial Rooms 1943-1952
8   Building Fund 1945-1950
9   Progress Report 1946
10   Correspondence 1950
11   Press 1950-1966
12  Opening and Naming Ceremony 1952, 1962
  West Dorms  
13  Comparative Costs 1939
  Windham House  
14   General Building Information n.d.
    Building Campaign  
15     Committee Notes and Donor Lists 1914-1936
16-18     Correspondence (3 folders) 1914-1945, n.d.
19     Fundraising Brochures, Programs, and Stickers 1915-1927, n.d.
20     Press 1915-1933
21     Campaign Appeals 1921-1922, n.d.
22   Bills 1923-1925
23   Memorial Rooms c.1930-1950
24   Cornerstone Laying 1933
25   Histories 1933, 1946
26  Opening 1935
17   Winslow Ames House  
1   Correspondence 1989-1994, 2000
2   Connecticut Historical Commission Grant Application 1989
3   Press 1989-1994, 2001
4   "The Utopian Ideal" Symposium 1991
5  Dedication 1994
  Winthrop House  
6   Dormitory Plan Notes c.1916
7   Planning Correspondence 1916-1917
8   Press 1916
9  Floorplans n.d.
10 Woodworth House 1938-1945, 1970

 

Series III: Plans

Architectural and detail plans for select Connecticut College buildings. Please see Archivist for access.

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