Campus Planning and Real Estate records, 1900-1992  PDF

Overview of the Collection

University of Oregon. Campus Planning and Real EstateUniversity of Oregon. Planning OfficeUniversity of Oregon. Campus Planning CommitteeUniversity of Oregon. Office of University Planning
Campus Planning and Real Estate records
1900-1992 (inclusive)
27 linear feet, (22 containers and 1 folder)
Collection Number
UA 058
Campus Planning and Real Estate manages the creation of spaces at the University of Oregon. The collection (1900-1992) contains architectural drawings, building project specifications, maps, floor plans, patterns (documents relating to pattern language), and documents relating to the Oregon Experiment including final reports.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Access Restrictions

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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Campus Planning and Real Estate manages the creation of spaces that support and enhance teaching, research and public service activities at the University of Oregon. Together with the campus planning and project planning divisions, the real estate division will actively work with university partners to identify strategic properties to advance the university's mission and future growth needs.


The Campus Planning Committee was established in 1969 by action of the University Administration. The Campus Planning Committee combined and superseded two previous committees: (1) Buildings and Grounds Committee, and (2) Campus Development Committee. The Campus Planning Committee advises the university President on long-range campus development with regard to the design of the campus, including buildings and landscaping, and to policy issues related to transportation. The committee ensures that all development is in compliance with the current Campus Plan.


The Oregon Experiment refers to the University of Oregon's campus planning process. It outlines the six fundamental principles that guide the planning process on campus. These principles are organic order, piecemeal growth (or continuous adaptation), patterns, diagnosis, participation, and coordination. The term "Oregon Experiment" comes from Christopher Alexander, who wrote three books based on the experience of working with the University of Oregon in the early 1970s.

The Oregon Experiment was adopted as the University of Oregon's planning process in the early 1970s. In 1991, it was integrated into the 1991 Long Range Campus Development Plan. The current Campus Plan retains the principles of the Oregon Experiment.

The term "pattern language" is best known from the book of the same title by Christopher Alexander. The purpose of developing a pattern language was to provide a non-technical vocabulary of design principles that would allow those who work, study, and/or live in buildings to communicate effectively with the planners and designers of those buildings.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains records transferred from the Office of University Planning, the Campus Planning Committee, and from Campus Planning and Real Estate.

Material include architectural drawings and materials, building project specifications, maps, floor plans, patterns (documents relating to pattern language), project files, reports, memos, correspondence, and documents relating to the Oregon Experiment including final reports.

Material is organized by accession and includes the following material: (lists are not comprehensive)

Accession 10517.A: office files, campus planning, and files on long term planning, 1963-1968.

Accession 11.153.A: building project specifications, 1970s.

Accession 11171.A: files on the Art Museum, the Medical School (1924), and the Science Building (Condon) (1924), office files, architectural drawings and materials, construction files, and plans, 1924-1930.

Accession 11206.A: office files, projects for buildings (1906), alterations for Deady and Villard (1902), for Spiller Hall (1907), and construction contracts for the following buildings: Mechanical Hall (1900), McClure Hall (1900), Friendly Hall (1893), Hendricks Hall (1914), and Fenton (1907), 1893-1914.

Accession 12.123.A: project files, Villard Hall remodel and centennial information, 1980s.

Accession 12.141.A: Knight library alterations, photographs and related material, undated.

Accession 1996.130.A: planning files, reports, project files, Erb Memorial Union (EMU), dorms, maps, 1948-1992.

Accession 1996.14.A: building project specifications, 1952-1977.

Accession 1996.222.A: plans and reports, 1962-1989.

Accession 1996.354.A: memoranda, correspondence, maps, and floor plans of campus buildings, 1970-1971.

Accession 1996.405.A: office files, 1971-1976.

Accession 1996.424.A: three framed architectural drawings of McArthur Court, 1941.

Accession 1996.632.A: office files, 1971-1982.

Accession 1996.672.A: office files and minutes, 1977-1978.

Accession 1996.800.A: office files and campus maps, 1985-1991.

Accession 1996.85.A: Oregon Experiment files, 1973.

Accession 2000.37: office files, science facilities, Science AIA projects draft including material on the space program, science facilities data, science additions and alterations (1984), 1984-1990.

Accession 2000.38.A: Architecture and Allied Arts additions, alterations files, office files, Erb Memorial Union Ballroom projects, Hamilton Hall alterations, and Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) projects for improvements and repairs, 1974-1988.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Campus Planning and Real Estate records, UA 058, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Architecture--Oregon--Eugene--History--20th century
  • Campus planning--Oregon--Eugene
  • College buildings--Oregon--Eugene--Design and construction
  • Education, Higher--Oregon--Eugene
  • Pattern perception
  • Space (Architecture)--Oregon--Eugene
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--Eugene
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Oregon. Campus Planning and Real Estate--Records and correspondence
  • University of Oregon. Campus Planning Committee--Records and correspondence
  • University of Oregon. Office of University Planning--Records and correspondence
  • University of Oregon. Planning Office--Records and correspondence
  • University of Oregon--Buildings
  • University of Oregon--Buildings--Designs and plans
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Architectural records
  • Architectural photographs
  • Contracts
  • Correspondence
  • Maps
  • Office files
  • Project files
  • Specifications