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Advisory Architect records

Identifier: ua00920

Scope and Content

This collection, for the most part, is concerned with the planning and constructing of individual University buildings. The amount of correspondence varies from one or two items for some buildings to several folders for others. The Cass Gilbert plan for the Minneapolis campus is referred to casually in several letters, but it is never discussed in detail, and there is little information about the overall planning for any of the campuses.


  • Creation: 1920-1965


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Historical Note

The role of the consulting or advisory architect was created by the Board of Regents on December 9, 1919. The minutes of this meeting appointed Professor James H. Forsythe as the consulting architect and was given the following duties:

  1. To assist the Board of Regents, the President, the Comptroller, and the Faculty in collecting and correlating information concerning all buildings to be erected under the ten year comprehensive building plan.
  2. To have charge of all matters dealing with general campus development on the main campus and elsewhere, and to recommend to the Board of Regents locations for new buildings on such property.
  3. To act as the official representative of the Board of Regents, the office of the Comptroller, and the Faculty in their relations with the Architect of the Board of Control.

The consulting or advisory architects have included James H. Forsythe, Frederick M. Mann, Roy Childs Jones, and Winston A. Close.


5.3 Cubic Feet (6)


Collection contains the records of the Advisory Architect of the University of Minnesota, including subject and building files.


The collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Subject files
  2. Buildings, Minneapolis campus
  3. Buildings, St. Paul campus
  4. Buildings, Duluth campus
  5. Buildings, schools and stations
  6. Proposed buildings

Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to University Archives from 1959-1970.

Related Materials in University Archives

Board of Regents records

Comptroller records

Advisory Architect Records, 1920-1965
Maxine Clapp; updated by Karen Spilman
August 2005
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Finding aid written in English

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