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Collection on DePaul University Buildings

Identifier: DPUA0024

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises materials ranging from original documents to compiled histories. Mixed throughout are correspondence, contracts and legal documents, reports and meeting minutes, architects’ specifications and drawings, financial data (including valuations, purchases, and estimates), fund-raising efforts, and current publicity.Also included is some financial and legal information relating to the DePaul Educational Aid Society (owner of the 64 E. Lake St. building), various estates, and other legal matters. Topics covered include nutsand-bolts construction, renovations and repairs, and general building maintenance.


  • 1875-2014
  • Majority of material found within 1950-2003


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.


22 Linear Feet (53 boxes including 7 oversized)

0.003 Gigabytes

Language of Materials



This collection is organized into eight series: 1. Planning; 2. Blueprints; 3. Administrative; 4. Lincoln Park Campus; 5. Loop Campus; 6. Suburban Campus; 7. Oversized Building Documents; 8. Additional Structures.

Physical Location

3/15/E-G, 3/44/C; 4th floor; digital

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 1991.36; 1991.52; 1992.39; 1993.20; 2012.03; 2014.038; 2014.040; 2014.060; 2014.085; 2015.024; 2015.035; 2016.078; 2019.014. The materials in the Buildings collection came to the Archives from at least five sources. The greatest proportion were part of the Vincentian administrators' collection (Accession 1990.40), mostly comprising the papers of Rev. Comerford J. O'Malley, C.M., President of the University from 1944-1964. This Vincentian collection also contained records from the Revs. John R. Cortelyou (President, 1964-1981), Edward J. Kammer, Theodore J. Wangler, Albert L. Dundas, and Daniel J. McHugh, C.M. Earlier acquisitions of materials were given to the Archives by Rev. Patrick Mullins, C.M., and included materials collected or written by Rev. Daniel McHugh, C.M., former university archivist. Information on the College Theatre was compiled by Dr. Sally Chappell of the Department of Art, and historical references to the 64 E. Lake St. building were collected by student Kevin Lee Sarring. Archives staff prepared chronologies of buildings and copies of information in the DePaulian and other university publications. Records pertaining to property acquisitions during the 1980s and 1990s were extracted from the files of the Vice-President for Business and Finance. In 2016, materials related to the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center were removed from Series 004 to form their own collection associated with the building (DPUA0084).

Related Materials

Collection on DePaul University Building photographs; Administrative Council records; Collection on Board of Trustees; Rev. O’Malley Presidential Files; VP for Business and Finance; University Council; Collection on Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center

Processing Information

L. Geiger 2016; J. Casey 2017; revised by P. Chavez 2018; P. Chavez 2019

Guide to Collection on DePaul University buildings
L. Geiger 2016; J. Casey 2017; revised by P. Chavez 2018; P. Chavez 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614