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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) Facilities Division
Title:Facilities Division records
Date:1855–2006 (bulk 1955–1970)
Reference Code:A94
Location Code: 33/3–4, FF6/D3–8, 11 Rolls, RS10/51, RS11/52
Extent:14.5 cubic ft. (4 boxes, 25 flat files, 11 rolls)
Scope and Content Abstract:This collection documents the construction of various buildings on Northeastern's Boston and satellite campuses. Buildings documented in the collection include Cabot Physical Education Center, Dana Research Center, Ell Student Center, Speare Hall, Stetson Hall, and White Hall. Of special interest is a 1960s–era civil defense report and evaluation of Northeastern's ability to deal with a nuclear attack, and the provisions that it had taken to prevent panic. The collection consists mainly of correspondence between the University and the architects, contractors, and others relating to pre– and post–construction activities. Other record types include blueprints, land maps, and schematics dealing with both the overall design and construction of the buildings.
Historical Abstract:Since its founding in 1896, Northeastern University has expanded its campus from a few buildings on Huntington Avenue to a sprawling campus. After initially renting space in the Botolph Building and the Boston Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), the University built its first building, Richards Hall, in 1939, and continued to grow from there. A push towards building dormitory spaces in the 1960s helped to transform the University from a commuter college to a residential college. At the same time, the University continued to construct new academic spaces and began buying properties outside of Boston, including properties in Ashland, Woburn, Lexington, and Burlington. These land acquisitions were used to facilitate extracurricular programs, alumni events, and housing for the president of the University at Henderson House. Today the University is looking towards building both residential and academic spaces. The most recent building, West Village F, finished in 2006, meets a combination of needs by being both a dormitory and housing the African–American Institute.
Language and Scripts:Materials entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Stevenson, J. Kenneth

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)—Administration
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)—Buildings and Grounds Department
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)—Office of University Development
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)—Plant Maintenance Department

  • Architecture, Domestic—Designs and plans
  • Buildings—Additions—Design and construction
  • College buildings—Massachusetts—Boston
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)—Buildings
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)—History
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)—School of Law—Building
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)—Student housing
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)—Design and construction
  • Swimming pools—United States—Design and construction
  • Universities and colleges—Massachusetts—Boston

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 25 years from their date of creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Parmer, August 2006; updated by Hanna Clutterbuck, August 2008; updated by Abigail Cramer, November 2012.