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Xavier University Master Building Plans collection

Identifier: XUA-53

Scope and Content

Eleven master building plans and/or associated documents are included in this collection.

Those building plans and/or associated documents are the following:

  1. 1915-1916: "The Greater St. Xavier College: Proposed Plans of the New Buildings in Avondale"
  2. 1920s:"The St. Xavier Foundation: Dormitories for St. Xavier College, Avondale"
  3. 1949: "Xavier Steps into the Future: Ten Steps into the Future"
  4. 1951: "Xavier University Fund and Good Will Campaign"
  5. 1956: "Long-Range Development Program for Xavier University"
  6. 1964: "Xavier's Ten Year Plan"
  7. 1983: "Xavier University Planning Study of 1983" (Dober and Consultants)
  8. 1988-91: "Master Plan Report of KZF, Inc."
  9. 1996-99: "Hinkle, Schmidt and Alumni Halls Planning Study"
  10. 2003-10: "James Hoff Academic Quadrangle: Smith Hall, Conaton Learning Commons, Alter Hall and McDonald Library"
  11. 1999-2012: East Campus Development


  • Creation: 1915-2013


Restrictions on Access

This collection has restricted access. Materials must viewed in the University Archives and Special Collections Research Room by appointment. Please contact the Xavier University Archives staff.

History of Master Building Plans at Xavier University

The planning, development, and maintenance of Xavier University's physical campus is overseen by the Office of Physical Plant in coordination with the Office of the President, the Vice President for Administration, the Office of Financial Administration, University Relations, and the Office of the General Counsel among others. Over the course of its history, Xavier has undergone several major campus planning initiatives to plan for and build facilities that meet the academic, athletic, administrative, and residential needs of its campus community.


2.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

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This collection consists of documents, brochures and other materials pertaining to eleven major building projects undertaken at Xavier University since the purchase of the Avondale property in 1911. Most of these projects involved the construction or major renovation of several buildings at the same time, and several were accompanied by a capital gifts campaign to underwrite the work.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection is arranged by series according to the chronological occurrence of each master building plan. Those series are: Series I: Plans of New Buildings in Avondale, 1915-1916; Series II: Dormitories for St. Xavier College, Avondale, 1920s; Series III: Xavier Steps into the Future, 1949; Series IV: Xavier Fund and Good Will Campaign, 1951; Series V: Long Range Development Program, 1956; Series VI: Xavier's Ten Year Plan, 1964; Series VII: Xavier Planning Study (Dober and Associates), 1983; Series VIII: Master Plan Report by KZF, Inc., 1988-1991; Series IX: Hinkle, Schmidt, and Alumni Hall Planning Study, 1996-1999; Series X: James Hoff Academic Quadrangle, 2003-2010; Series XI: East Campus Development, 1999-2012

Related Material

Materials dealing with the capital gifts campaigns associated with various master building plans can be found in XUA-56, Xavier University Capital Gifts Campaigns collection, University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Processing Information

This collection was reprocessed into its current arrangement and description as part of a major University Archives reprocessing project that began in 2012-2013. This reprocessing project was largely an effort to disband a record group system, developed in the late 1970s, used to arrange university records. The record group scheme had been established by the first University Archivist, Lee Bennish, SJ, and chiefly organized materials by originating office and organizational structure. After Bennish’s tenure, oversight of the archives changed several times and resulted in a lack of adherence to the record group scheme for new acquisitions. The 2012-2013 processing project also sought to incorporate records for which little acquisition or contextual information existed. The project staff primarily reorganized records into subject-based collections. Occasionally subjects coincided with offices of origin (e.g. Subject, Presidents; Office, Office of the President; Collection, Xavier University President’s Office). This subject-based arrangement makes it difficult to identify or describe the collections by office of origin but administrative project records do indicate transfers and connections between original record groups and 2012-2013 collections. During the project, records were rehoused in archival folders and boxes, and new finding aids were created using the OhioLINK Finding Aid Creation Tool.

As of 2017, University Archives no longer employs the 2012-2013 system of arranging collections by subject.

Xavier University Master Building Plans collection
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library Repository

3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati Ohio 45207 US