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Office of the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds records, 1890-1943

Summary Information

Abstract

These records consists of contracts, permits, and certificates dealing with the campus buildings and grounds.

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0290
Bib ID 6956483 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Office of the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds
Title Office of the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds records, 1890-1943
Physical Description .42 linear feet (1 document box)
Language(s) English .
Access

All administrative records of the University are restricted for 25 years from the date of creation.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by topic in chronological order. Contracts and Permits comprise the bulk of the materials and are arranged by college, then outside organizations.

Description

Summary

This collection consists of the records of the Superintendent of the Buildings and Grounds, from the last days of the 49th Street and Madison Avenue campus to the move and growth of the Morningside campus. The collection contains contracts, permits, and receipts between the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds and vendors, suppliers, service providers, insurance agencies, and city and state agencies.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

All administrative records of the University are restricted for 25 years from the date of creation.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Office of the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds records; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

Related Materials

For additional information about the buildings at the different Columbia campuses, please consult the Buildings and grounds collection (UA#0125). For the correspondence of the Office of the President and Central Administration with the Office of the Superintendent, please consult Central Files (UA#0001). For large-format items, please consult the Flat Files Collection (UA#0180), which includes oversize lithographs, prints, architectural drawings, renderings, studies, maps, graphs, floor plans, watercolors, newsprint, illustrations, flyers, posters, and set designs.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jennifer Ulrich in May 2005.

Revision Description

2020-07-15 Word finding aid encoded. (JR)

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Columbia University -- Administration Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Buildings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Department of Buildings and Grounds Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Division of Facilities Management Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

During the early history of the College, different employees were responsible for the maintenance of the various buildings and grounds, such as the College Janitor. A more permanent, single position was established by resolution of the Trustees on June 2, 1884, and amended June 7, 1886. The Columbia University campus was located at Madison Avenue and 49th Street until 1896, when it moved to Morningside Heights at Broadway and 116th Street. The duties of this position included the leasing and maintenance of the College properties and supervision of its staff.

The first person to fill the position was Holbrook F. J. Porter, hired in 1886 and employed until 1890. Subsequent superintendents include: Edward Albert Darling (1890-1899), Frederick Arthur Goetze (1899-1907), Henry Lee Norris (1907-1925), and David M. Updike (1925-1933). With the reappointment of Henry Lee Norris in 1933, the position changed to Director of Buildings and Grounds. After further growth and organizational changes at the University, a new position, Vice President for Facilities Management, was created in 1978 and filled the following year by Robert M. Broberg.