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Researching Buildings on Campus: Getting Started

This guide provides tips and resources for researching campus buildings.

Getting Help

If you need assistance, you can call (615-322-2807) or e-mail (archives@vanderbilt.edu) the library and request a consultation with a librarian.

Getting Started

New structures, like The Martha River Ingram Commons, will not be represented in the Archives because they are too recent to be included.  For information on recent structures, try checking:

For older buildings, visit the building itself to see if there are any historical markers describing the origin of the building.  You can also look at old course catalogs which often have maps of the campus as well as textual descriptions of how specific buildings on campus are being used.  The buildings may also be mentioned in:

  • alumni magazines;
  • yearbooks;
  • local newspapers;
  • university publications;
  • University Archives. 

Special Collections may also have subject files containing newspaper clippings, brochures or pamphlets covering the history of the building.  Ask at the public service desk in Special Collections for help with subject file material.

Public Services Archivist

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Teresa Gray
Contact:
Special Collections & University Archives
615-343-2187
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