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Collection on the DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center

Identifier: DPUA0084

Scope and Contents

This collection includes project proposals, engineering plans and schematics, communications and memoranda, meeting minutes and agenda, budgets, surveys and analyses, funding solicitation materials, contracts, and information and promotional materials related to the opening and operating procedures of the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center.


  • 1985-2000


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

The Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, also known as The Ray, was completed in 1999 on the 2200 block of N. Sheffield Ave. The facility stands at the former location of the College Theater, also known as The Barn, razed in 1979. Plans for a new Student Recreation and Athletic Center arose during the 1980s as part of a Master Plan for the Lincoln Park Campus to increase amenities in advance of an anticipated rise in residential and commuter student attendance.

Initial plans called for the new recreation center to replace Alumni Hall at the corner of N. Sheffield and Belden Avenues, which had housed student athletics since 1956. Based upon Long Range Plans for the Lincoln Park Campus developed by MPC and Associates, the new recreation center was reimaged east of a new Student Center planned for the Alumni Hall location. Amenities for the recreation center were developed in part using student, staff, and faculty surveys analyzed by program management firm Brailsford & Dunlavey. Antunovich Associates served as the project architects, and W.E. O'Neil served as the construction contractors. The fitness facility was named for Ray Meyer, DePaul basketball coach from 1942-1984.

Portions of this collection were originally housed within Buildings, Series 004: Lincoln Park Campus. Additional materials related to the wider Lincoln Park Campus development can be found in the Buildings collection. Additional floor plans from the final fitness center design and plans from surrounding Lincoln Park Campus structures can be found Buildings, Series 002: Blueprints.


1.25 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in four series: 1. Proposals and Plans; 2. Meetings and Surveys; 3. Financial; and 4. Opening and Operations. Most series are arranged chronologically. See series-level notes for individual arrangement details.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2001.41; 2014.127. Materials in this collection were primarily sourced from records of the Vice President of Student Affairs, James R. Doyle (serving in this position beginning 1983) Additional materials were previously housed within Buildings, Series 004 which included records from the Vice President of Business and Finance.

Related Materials

See Collection on DePaul University Buildings, Series 002: Blueprints for final construction blueprints; Series 004: Lincoln Park Campus for surrounding buildings

Processing Information

L. Geiger 2016

Guide to Collection on the DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center
L. Geiger 2016
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