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Collection Overview
Title:Office of Physical Planning and Design records
Dates:1903-1997 (bulk 1960-1987)
Call Number:A82
Volume:2.7 cubic ft. (5 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The bulk of this collection documents the planning and design of Northeastern University's campus and the growth of its educational programs from the 1960s through the 1980s. Included are index and dormitory floor plans and campus maps; campus master plans outlining physical and curricular changes to be made at Northeastern University; blueprints, drawings, maps, floor plans, and proposal books for buildings and areas on campus and in the community; and reports, proposals, and memoranda on buildings and program developments at Northeastern University. Also included are materials related to Northeastern University's involvement in community development, namely in the Fenway and in the Ruggles MBTA Station area. Of particular interest are the Boston Campus Master Plans, which outline Northeastern University's physical development from 1975 to 1987. Also of note are proposal books and drawings showing initial designs for campus buildings, some of which differ significantly from the buildings as they exist today.
Historical Abstract:Northeastern University's Office of Planning was established in 1959. Since 1982 it has been known as the Office of Physical Planning and Design. The Office is concerned with the design and expansion of Northeastern University's physical campus and buildings, and space planning for educational programs. Prior to 1959, the Building Committee and other special committees of the Board of Trustees handled Northeastern University's physical expansion.
Arrangement: Organized into two series: 1. Physical Planning and Design and 2. Program Development.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of Physical Planning and Design.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Administration.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Buildings.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Curriculum.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Student housing.

Restrictions:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Jeanine Rees, September 2004

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1. Physical Planning and Design, 1903-1992 (bulk 1962-1987)
Volume:1.35 cubic ft.


This series comprises materials related to the physical planning and expansion of Northeastern University's campus—including both the Boston and Burlington campuses—buildings, and properties. Also included are materials related to Northeastern University's involvement in developing the Fenway and the Ruggles MBTA station area. Records include campus plans, maps, newspaper clippings, floor plans, proposals, blueprints, and proposal books with architectural sketches. Of note is a proposal for what would become the Burlington campus.
1Advisory Committee on University Planning1959-1964
Community Development
1, 5Fenway (2 folders)n.d., 1966-1975
3"Structuring the Ruggles Station Neighborhood" n.d.
Northeastern University Buildings
5Athletic Facilitiesn.d., 1950s
4Boston Storage Warehouse (3 folders)1959-1960
5Dockser Hall: Educational Technology Center1997
3Plans (4 folders)1977-1985
4Willis Halln.d.
4, 5Engineering (2 folders)
1Hemenway St. Apartment Plans1978-1979
1Library Resource Center Schematic Design1987
3Mugar Life Sciences Buildingn.d., 1962
1West Building (Ryder Hall) Room Schedule Plans1938
Northeastern University Campus
1Boston Campus Master Plan (9 folders)1975-1987
1Boston Campus Master Plan Executive Summary1987
5Campus Master Plan Mapsn.d.
5Campus Plan Blueprint1983
4Campus Plan Study1978
1"Design and the Northeastern Campus" Exhibit Fliern.d.
5Huntington Ave. Grounds, Boston Elevated Railway Co. 1903, 1915, 1977
5"Huntington Place Re-Analysis Illustrative Site Plan"n.d.
3, 4Index Plans (11 folders)1961-1992
1"Preliminary Proposal for a Suburban Campus in the Vicinity of Route 128"1962
1"Statement on Plans for the Future"1974
4"Total Plant Development"c. 1938
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2. Program Development, 1959-1983 (bulk 1963-1979)
Volume:1.35 cubic ft.


This series comprises materials relating to the development of academic programs and to the study of issues integral to supporting Northeastern University's growth. Materials include memoranda, written proposals, and reports.
1Administration Manual Announcement1963
1Adult and Continuing Education Reorganization Proposal1972
1Civil Engineering Department: Environmental Engineering, Proposal Analysis of PhD Program1968
1Co-operative Work Program Questionnaire1959
1Day Care Center1970
1Economic Impact on Higher Education Questionnaire1973
2Economics Department: Proposal Analysis of Manpower Field1969
2Educational Pressures: Journal Articles 1967
2Enrollmentn.d., 1963-1966
2Health-Related Professions Program (2 folders) 1967-1970
2Integrated Data Processing and Communications System Proposal1963
2Library-Learning Resources Project Proposal1968
2Parking, Transportation, and Commuting1975-1979
2, 5Signage Plan (2 folders)n.d., 1983
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