Washington State University Building Arts Committee Records, 1974-1979

Overview of the Collection

Washington State University Building Arts Committee Records
1974-1979 (inclusive)
.5 linear feet of shlef space, (1 box)
Collection Number
Archives 372 (collection)
Records relating to the beginning and first few years of Washington State University’s Building Arts Committee, and to projects it oversaw. The committee arose out of the state of Washington’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) program, which designated ½ of 1% of building construction funds to go to art.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In 1974, the state of Washington’s legislature authorized an Art in Public Places (AIPP) program, which required that ½ of 1% of building construction funds had to go to art. To deal with selecting and approving this art on campus, in 1975 Washington State University created a Building Arts Committee, which was comprised of faculty, staff, and students.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The general committee records consists of correspondence to/from the committee chair or relating to the committee’s work, meeting minutes, and documentation created by the committee or others which informed the process of selecting artworks. Project records may include correspondence relating to the project, specs for the artists’ use, floorplans and grounds plans of the area, notes on the selection process, and information from the selected artist.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

WSU Building Arts Committee Records, 1974-1979

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is in two main series, the first being general committee records, and the second relating to specific projects. Within each series are subject or project-based files, arranged alphabetically. Several of the projects comprise subseries of their own, again containing subject-based files, organized alphabetically. At the end of the projects series is one large folder which contains items applying to multiple projects. Items are organized chronologically within each file.

Project files are organized by the names used in the papers here, many of which have subsequently changed. In the file list below, current (as of 2017) building names are included parenthetically, as is the name of the selected work and the artist where those are known

Acquisition Information

These materials were donated to the Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) on September 9th, 1981, by Pauline Lilje, former chair of the Building Arts Committee. They were retained as UA1981-23.

Processing Note

Materials were processed by University Archivist Mark O’English in June, 2017. They were completely reorganized into their current file structure at that time.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

General BusinessReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
Correspondence, 1975-1978
Meeting minutes, 1975-1976
Regulations and restrictions: NEA, RCW, WSAC. 1974-1978
Selection guidelines, 1976

ProjectsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Agricultural Science (Hulbert and Clark Halls. Untitled, by Larry Tate)
Box Folder
1 5
Correspondence, 1976-1978
Photographs: Location and artwork. Undated
Biosciences (Eastlick Hall. Untitled, by Clint Brown)
Box Folder
1 7
Correspondence, 1975-1978
Floorplans and grounds, ca. 1974
Proposal (accepted) documentation, 1976
Box Folder
1 10
Computer Science - Mathematics (IT Building. Stempost, by James Hansen), 1977-1979
1 11
Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education, 1979
Johnson Hall mural, 1979
Veterinary Animal Holding Facilities, 1977-1978
Veterinary Science (Bustad Hall. X-Position by Robert Ellison)
Box Folder
1 14
Correspondence, 1976-1977
Floorplans, grounds, and specifications, 1975-1977
Proposal reviews, 1977
Selection and approval, 1977
Box Folder
1 18
Veterinary Science (Bustad) mural, 1977
1 19
Multi-facilities: Agricultural Science, Biosciences, and Veterinary Science, 1976

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