Tree of Knowledge
Tree of Knowledge



Resources for Researching UO's Architecture

Researching the University's built environment involves strategies and resources that also apply in exploring other local history subjects. Listed below are some sources of value in studying UO's art and architecture.

The UO Libraries

  • The UO Libraries website provides access to information about library resources and services, and enables access to databases and other finding aids. There are numerous online finding aids to facilitate research, including ones for architectural subjects.
  • The Architecture & Allied Arts Library is the home of subject specialists who are expert in assisting researchers of the built environmen.
  • The Special Collections & University Archives unit of the UO Libraries collects and manages unique resources, such as UO's archives, books about Oregon, rare books, and collections of photographs and manuscripts.
  • The Knight Library has an extensive map and aerial photograph collection. These resources assist in identifying changes in the landscape over time. Maps and aerial photographs can visually identify relationships among structures and landscapes that text alone cannot sufficiently convey.

Books & Parts of Books.
Such classics as Henry D. Sheldon's History of University of Oregon (Binfords & Mort, 1940) can be found by searching the UO library catalog. More specific works like Architects of Oregon: A Biographical Dictionary of Architects Deceased (Portland, 2002) can also be found. Faculty, staff, and students in the School of Architecture & Allied Arts have long contributed to the history of campus architecture, through research articles, theses, and projects, and through their own participation in design projects.

Articles in Journals & Magazines.
Many UO publications, such as Oregon Quarterly, Old Oregon, Oregana, and UO bulletins and catalogs have been digitized and are accessi ble in UO's digital archive, Scholar's Bank

Articles in Newspapers.
Newspapers are primary sources for information about local building activity. Although newspapers can be as inaccurate as any medium, they often provide contemporary accounts and details that cannot be found elsewhere. Microfilm copies of the Oregon Daily Emerald, the Register Guard, and hundred of other newspapers are held by the UO Libraries. Historic Oregon Newspapers is a freely available digital collection that includes full text of many Oregon newspapers.  The Oregonian full text is commercially available and provided by some library systems including Multnomah County Library.

UO Campus Planning, Design, and Construction.
The Campus Planning units hold collections of as-built drawings, drawings of archival value, and documentation about UO's built environment. UO planning and  facilities personnel have substantial knowledge about campus history and the processes which created UO's physical environment.  The Campus Planning websites maintains a list of current projects.

World Wide Web.

On the Web can be found the sites of architectural and building firms and related professional associations which are rich resources of primary information. Search engines are useful for uncovering references about buildings or architects.