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Records of the Campus Commission

 Collection
Identifier: 0/2/1
This series documents the efforts of the Campus Commission to solicit and select a comprehensive design for the Northwestern University campus. While most of the records date from the period 1909-1910, the series also includes two 1905 letters from Daniel Burnham and George Maher's 1907 study.

Materials relating directly to the Commission include a copy of the working rules of the Campus Commission approved by the Board of Trustees on February 15, 1909. It also includes the minutes of the Commission from its organization on March 22, 1909 through May 3, 1910 when it was decided that a competition be held to choose a comprehensive campus plan. The series includes a copy of the Olmsted Report, a letter outlining the conclusions of the Maher Study, and a copy of a Maher Study drawing of the proposed campus plan. There are several drafts of a sub-committee report outlining a general campus plan, based primarily on the Maher plan. There are several drafts of the program for the proposed competition, which document its evolution during 1910. The series contains a letter from George Maher complaining that the proposed competition would usurp ideas he had already presented to the Commission. There is a copy of the published competition program. The series also includes eight narrative descriptions of plans that accompanied drawings submitted for the competition. There is a copy of the winning plan entered by Palmer and Hornbostle. The Northwesterrn University Archives holds none of the original competition drawings.

Dates

  • 1905-1910

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None.

Extent

1.00 Linear Feet

Abstract

In the first decade of the twentieth century, Northwestern University became concerned with developing a coherent architectural and landscape plan for its Evanston campus. This series documents the efforts of the Campus Commission to solicit and select a comprehensive design. While most of the records date from the period 1909-1910, the series also includes two 1905 letters from Daniel Burnham and George Maher's 1907 study.

Arrangement

The records of the Campus Commission are contained in a series of folders placed arranged in a broadly chronological order.

Method of Acquisition

These records were transferred to the Archives prior to June 1, 1974 and were accessioned as #74-9.

Related Materials

See George Maher biographical file for related material. See also: Sketches by Daniel Burnham & Co., 1905, University Archives Architectural Drawings Collection # DHB-NC1/1-4

Processing Information

Thomas Dorst, March, 1981.
Title
Guide to the Records of the Campus Commission
Author
Thomas Dorst
Date
01/03/1981
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3635