Guide to the University of San Diego Construction records

Finding aid prepared by Ashley Toutain
University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections
Copley Library
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Telephone: 619-260-2730
Email: spcoll@sandiego.edu
© 2019


Overview of the Collection

Title: University of San Diego Construction records
Dates (inclusive): 1905-1999
Dates (bulk): 1946-1999
Creator: University of San Diego
Extent: 3 boxes, 1 map case drawer (4 linear feet)
Repository: University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections
Copley Library
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
spcoll@sandiego.edu
Abstract: This collection contains construction records for the University of San Diego. Records include architectural drawings, correspondence, photographs, planning information, and reports.
Languages: English

Historical Note

Construction for the College for Women and College for Men began in December 1949 and continued through the 1950s. The earliest campus buildings included the College for Women (now Camino Hall and Founders Hall), the Immaculata, the Seminary (now Maher Hall), the Administration building, the School of Law, and the Law Library. Construction on the Arts and Sciences building was completed in 1959. It was then dedicated as Serra Hall. In 2019, it was renamed Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall.
Additional construction and University planning occurred in the 1970s. Construction on the School of Nursing was completed in November 1976 and increased student housing was added in 1979 and 1981 with what was then called Mission Crossroads. In 2019, the housing area was rededicated Mata’yuum Crossroads.
As the University grew through the 1980s, extensive construction continued on campus. Buildings erected included the Manchester Executive Conference center dedicated on February 26, 1984, the Helen K. and James S. Copley Library dedicated April 8, 1984, the School of Business’ Olin Hall dedicated October 19, 1984, Alcalá Vista housing and the Ernest Hahn University Center in 1987, the Law Library completed in late 1988 and the Manchester Family Child Development Center completed in 1989.
Master planning in the mid-1990s sought to address the needs of the continually growing University. The 1994 Master Plan included expansion of parking areas, a sports center complex, additions to Harmon Hall, Olin Hall, Hughes Administration Center, and renovations to student housing.
The 2000s brought further growth with the Jenny Craig Pavilion completed in Fall 2000, the Joan B. Kroc Center for Peace and Justice dedicated in December 2001, the Shiley Center for Science and Technology in Fall 2003, the Degheri Alumni Center in 2004, and Mother Rosalie Hill Hall in 2007. A new Master Plan was developed in 2016.
See bibliographic references for additional historical information.

Scope and Content Note

These records document various construction activities at the University of San Diego, primarily construction of the University Center, the Seminary building, and the Arts and Sciences building. The majority of the records date to the early construction of the University of San Diego and the College for Women in the 1950s to the early 1970s. Records include correspondence, plans, contracts, photographs, reports, and architectural drawings.
These records also include planning materials for the growth of the University of San Diego pertaining to new buildings and campus expansion. Among these records are publications of the USD Master Plan, Environmental Impact Report Archaeological and Historical Reports, and photographs associated with the Master Plans. Records consist of the Master Plans of 1970 and the mid-1990s. Master Plans include overviews of campus areas as they existed at the time and projections for future developments. These plans show stages of campus growth and changing priorities over the decades. The archaeological and historical studies were conducted by Dr. Raymond Brandes for various buildings and plans. Research materials gathered in preparation for these reports are also included.

Arrangement

The University of San Diego Construction records are organized into two series:

Access

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Folder Title], Box # Folder #, University of San Diego Construction records, Copley Library, University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ashley Toutain in 2019.

Bibliography

Historical information about the early construction of the University of San Diego can be found in the following texts.
  • Boudoin, Burt J. Fortress on the Hill - Founding the University of San Diego and the San Diego College for Women, 1942-1963. Mission Hills, CA: Saint Francis Historical Society, 2001.
  • Engstrand, Iris Wilson, and Clare White. The First Forty Years: A History of the University of San Diego, 1949-1989. San Diego: University of San Diego, 1989.

Related Material

Information on building dedications can also be found in the University Relations records.
Video footage of building dedications including the Degheri Alumni Center, Jenny Craig Pavilion, Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, and Shiley Center for Science and Technology are available.

Index Terms

Subjects and Indexing Terms

University of San Diego

Subjects and Indexing Terms

(San Diego, Calif.)

Subjects and Indexing Terms

buildings design and construction

Subjects and Indexing Terms

architectural drawings (visual works)


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I:  General Construction records (inclusive) 1905-1999 (bulk) 1946-1999

Scope and Content Note

These records document various construction activities at the University of San Diego, primarily construction of the University Center, the Seminary building, and the Arts and Sciences building. Records include correspondence, plans, contracts, photographs, reports, and architectural drawings.
Box/Folder: 1 / 1

Accounts for Accounting University Construction 1956-1960

Box/Folder: 1 / 2

Administration Building Construction - Sinner Brothers 1949-1954

Box/Folder: 1 / 3

Administration Building Construction - Miscellaneous 1951-1952

Box/Folder: 1 / 4

Administration Building Construction Contractor Statements 1953-1954

Box/Folder: 1 / 5

1969 Appraisal Report 1954-1969

Scope and Content Note

[Includes correspondence.]
Box/Folder: 1 / 6

Appraisal Report 1969 August 15

Box/Folder: Map Case Drawer 4 / Folder 7

Architectural Drawing copies 1950-1952, 1958

Scope and Content Note

[Includes architectural drawings for the Administration, College for Women, Immaculata, Library, and Seminary buildings.]
Box/Folder: 1 / 7

Artwork Inventory 1974

Box/Folder: 1 / 8

Architect's Progress Report [Lyle Hallett Architect] 1973 May-June

Box/Folder: 1 / 9

Art and Science Building Structural Corrections 1956

Box/Folder: 1 / 10

Art and Science Building Structural Engineering Calculations 1957

Box/Folder: 1 / 11

Art and Science Building Industries Supply Co Inventories 1959

Box/Folder: 1 / 12

Boiler House Correspondence 1955-1958

Box/Folder: 1 / 13

Building Bids and Numbers 1949-1961

Box/Folder: 1 / 14

Building Inspector's File 1953

Box/Folder: 1 / 15

Building Inspector's File 1957-1959

Box/Folder: 1 / 16

Building Permits [Wage Information] 1957-1959

Box/Folder: 1 / 17

School of Business Administration Building Renovation Project 1977 May 24

Box/Folder: 1 / 18

Construction Correspondence 1947-1951, 1954, 1960-1962

Box/Folder: 1 / 19

Construction of Site Grading, Roadway Improvements, Water Mains, Sewer Lines, Drainage Structures, and Work Appurtenant thereto for San Diego University 1949

Box/Folder: 1 / 20

Copley Library Construction Newspaper Article San Diego Union 1982 November 10

Box/Folder: Map Case Drawer 4 / Folder 5 Item 1

Copley Library Blueprints 1982 December 01

Box/Folder: Map Case Drawer 4 / Folder 6 Item 1

Copley Library Blueprints 1996, 1998

Box/Folder: 1 / 21

Die Schlosser Mappe - German Wrought Iron Detail Drawings 1981

Box/Folder: 1 / 22

Elevator Information [Otis Elevator Company] 1955-1958

Box/Folder: 1 / 23

Elevator Construction Various Buildings Otis Elevators 1955-1958

Box/Folder: 1 / 24

Main Elevator Panel Samples circa 1958

Box/Folder: 1 / 25

Emergency Communications Plan 1979-1980

Box/Folder: Map Case Drawer 4 / Folder 4

Engineering Department City of San Diego Plan 1987

Box/Folder: Map Case Drawer 4 / Folder 3 Item 2

Founders Hall Blueprint 1984 April 02

Box/Folder: 1 / 26

Gymnasium Blueprints and Correspondence 1957-1969

Processing/Project Information

Record of Survey No. 4212, 1957 March 1 removed to Map Case.
Box/Folder: 1 / 27

Gymnasium Correspondence 1959-1971

Processing/Project Information

Electronic Controls - San Diego University Girls Dorm and Gym, ca. 1961 removed to Map Case.
Box/Folder: 1 / 28

Hall of Science Building Fund 1958 February

Box/Folder: 1 / 29

Heat and Power Equipment Company Correspondence 1958

Box/Folder: 1 / 30

The Immaculata: Donation of the Main Altar by Miss Mary U. Niepp 1955

Box/Folder: Map Case Drawer 4 / 8

Jenny Craig Pavilion and Eagen Memorial Plaza Renderings circa 1999

Box/Folder: 1 / 31

Journal of the American Industrial Real Estate Association 1966

Scope and Content Note

[Includes Technical Drawings.]
Box/Folder: 1 / 32

Land Sale Agreements 1905-1906

Box/Folder: 1 / 33

Law Building, Library Building, Arts and Science Building [Specifications Report] 1956

Box/Folder: 1 / 34

Library Law School Calculations [structural] circa 1956

Box/Folder: 2 / 1

Lease and Acquisition of Property 1969-1974

Scope and Content Note

[Also includes accounting and parking information.]
Box/Folder: 2 / 2

Maher Hall Dedication 1990 July 7

Box/Folder: 2 / 3

Maintenance Department Correspondence 1964-1968

Scope and Content Note

[Includes maintenance department inventories and maintenance study.]
Box/Folder: 2 / 4

Maintenance Department Correspondence 1962-1966

Scope and Content Note

[Includes gymnasium, building construction and Immaculata photographs.]
Box/Folder: 2 / 5

Mission Housing Complex Dedication 1979

Scope and Content Note

[Includes dedication text, information on architecture, and information on the MH Golden company.]
Box/Folder: 2 / 6

East Campus Housing 1979-1980

Scope and Content Note

[Mission Complex Includes news articles, news releases, drawings and MH Golden firm information.]
Box/Folder: 2 / 7

Nash Engineering 1952

Box/Folder: 2 / 8

Nelson Bros. Asphalt, Paving and Grading 1954

Box/Folder: 2 / 9

Ninteman Construction Building Files 1957-1962

Box/Folder: 2 / 10

[Ninteman Construction] Building Construction Contracts 1956-1961

Box/Folder: 2 / 11

[Ninteman Construction] Building Contract 1961 June 23

Box/Folder: 2 / 12

Ninteman Construction Materials and Correspondence 1954-1960

Box/Folder: 2 / 13

Ninteman Construction Materials and Drawings - Seminary [and Library] 1955-1957

Processing/Project Information

Lighting Recommendations for Dormitory blueprint, revised January 13, 1956 Ruby Lighting Corporation removed to Map Case.
Box/Folder: 2 / 14

Ninteman Construction Project Memos 1956-1959

Processing/Project Information

Art and Sciences Building Third Floor Rev of Classroom from Apartments / Architectural Drawings, 1958 July 09 removed to Map Case.
Box/Folder: 2 / 15

School of Nursing Complex, research Environmental Impact Report, and Historical Investigation Materials 1975-1976

Box/Folder: 2 / 16

Nursing School Site Description Report and Dedication 1975-1976

Box/Folder: 2 / 17

[School of Nursing Complex] Pueblo Lot 286 1976

Box/Folder: 2 / 18

Construction of Nursing Building 1993

Scope and Content Note

[Includes 1957 publication University of San Diego A Development Program to Provide a New Arts and Sciences Building .]
Box/Folder: 2 / 19

School of Nursing Construction 1993

Processing/Project Information

Informational Lot Map - Pueblo Lots and Silver Terrace removed to Map Case.
Box/Folder: Map Case Drawer 4 / Folder 6 Item 2

President's Residence Patio Remodel Blueprints 1999

Box/Folder: 2 / 20

Progressive Architecture Magazine 1958 December

Box/Folder: 2 / 21

Professional Grounds Management Society Award Information; Building and Grounds Advisory Board; Staff Photographs 1971-1975

Box/Folder: 2 / 22

Public Housing Administration Resolution and Plans Sewer Lines 1949-1955

Box/Folder: 2 / 23

San Diego Testing Laboratories Materials Engineering 1954

Box/Folder: 2 / 24

Seminary Architect's Notes 1946, 1950-1958

Box/Folder: 2 / 25

Seminary Architect's Notes 1956, 1963

Box/Folder: 2 / 26

Seminary Building Terrazzo Floor Drawings and Specifications 1955

Box/Folder: 2 / 27

Major Seminary Building 1956-1958

Scope and Content Note

[Ninteman Construction Project Information, work forms for Seminary, Law, and Library buildings]
Box/Folder: 2 / 28

Seminary Proposal for Plumbing and Lighting 1954-1957

Box/Folder: 2 / 29

History of Serra Hall undated

Box/Folder: Map Case Drawer 4 / Folder 6 Item 3

Serra Hall Blueprints 1996

Box/Folder: 2 / 30

Stadium Escrow and Quick Claim Deed 1955-1960

Scope and Content Note

[Includes Library, Arts and Sciences, and Catholic High School information.]
Box/Folder: Map Case Drawer 4 / Folder 1

Telephone Conduit Blueprints Major Seminary and Library 1955, 1957

Box/Folder: 3 / 1

Student Center Architecture Renderings 1979

Box/Folder: 3 / 2

University Center Architectural Renderings circa 1983

Box/Folder: Map Case Drawer 4 / Folder 5

University Center Blueprints 1985 May 05

Scope and Content Note

[Includes 86 pages of 37 inch x 49 inch University Center Plans from Architects Mosher, Drew, Watson, Ferguson.]
Box/Folder: 3 / 3

University Center Dedication 1983, 1986-1987

Scope and Content Note

[Dedication held March 6, 1987.]
Box/Folder: 3 / 4

University Center Video Production Information 1983

Box/Folder: 3 / 5

University Foundation 1948-1951

 

Series II:  Master Plan 1970-1996

Scope and Content Note

This series contains planning materials for the growth of the University of San Diego pertaining to new buildings and campus expansion. Among these records are publications of the USD Master Plan, Environmental Impact Report Archaeological and Historical Reports, and photographs associated with the Master Plans. Research materials gathered by Dr. Raymond Brandes in preparation for these reports are also included.

Arrangement

These records are arranged in chronological order.
Box/Folder: 3 / 6

USD Master Plan [Map Copies] 1970

Box/Folder: 3 / 7

A Master Plan for the University of San Diego circa 1970

Box/Folder: 3 / 8

Space Utilization Planning 1974 June 7 and 12

Box/Folder: 3 / 9

USD Excavation, New Town, Presidio circa 1993

Scope and Content Note

[Aerial photographs.]
Box/Folder: 3 / 10

USD Planning Proposal 1993

Scope and Content Note

[Includes negatives and photographs of campus.]
Box/Folder: 3 / 11

Archaeological and Historical Report for the University of San Diego Master Plan [Draft] 1993 December

Box/Folder: 3 / 12

Environmental Impact Report Archaeological and Historical Report 1993

Box/Folder: 3 / 13

Environmental Impact Report Archaeological and Historical Report 1993

Box/Folder: 3 / 14

USD Master Plan Photographs and Negatives 1993-1994

Processing/Project Information

[Includes 3M 5" floppy disc. Access will require a 5" drive.]
Box/Folder: 3 / 15

USD Master Plan Environmental Impact Report 1993-1994

Processing/Project Information

[Folder includes 3 1/2" floppy formatted for Macintosh computer. Files have been copied from floppy disc to digital preservation storage. All files should be normalized to Word format for access.]
Box/Folder: 3 / 16

USD Master Plan Environmental Impact Report 1993-1994

Box/Folder: 3 / 17

Archaeological and Historical Report for the University of San Diego Master Plan [Draft] 1994 April

Box/Folder: 3 / 18

USD Master Plan Environmental Impact Report Draft 1994 April

Processing/Project Information

Figure 4. Master Site Plan - Proposed New Construction, 1993 September removed to Map Case.
Box/Folder: 3 / 19

Archaeological and Historical Report for the University of San Diego Master Plan 1994 April

Box/Folder: 3 / 20

USD Master Plan Vista article 1994 November 3

Box/Folder: 3 / 21

USD Master Plan Revisions 1994

Box/Folder: 3 / 22

USD Master Plan done by Lettieri-McIntyre and Associates, Inc. [Draft] 1995

Box/Folder: 3 / 23

Master Plan Report Responses 1996

Box/Folder: 3 / 24

USD Master Plan Memorandum 1996

Box/Folder: 3 / 25

USD Master Plan 1996

Processing/Project Information

[Folder includes 3 1/2" floppy formatted for Macintosh computer. Files have been copied from floppy disc to digital preservation storage. All files should be normalized to Word format for access.]
 

Oversize Materials

Scope and Content Note

The following is a content list of oversize materials removed from other areas of the collection. Separation sheets are associated with each item in order to accurately note their original location.
Box/Folder: Map Case Drawer 4 / Folder 2 Item 1

Record of Survey No. 4212 1957 March 1

Processing/Project Information

Removed from Gymnasium Blueprints and Correspondence 1.26.
Box/Folder: Map Case Drawer 4 / Folder 2 Item 2

Electronic Controls - San Diego University Girls Dormitory and Gymnasium circa 1961

Processing/Project Information

Removed from Gymnasium Correspondence 1.27.
Box/Folder: Map Case Drawer 4 / Folder 2 Item 3

Art and Sciences Building Third Floor Rev of Classroom from Apartments / Architectural Drawings 1958 July 09

Processing/Project Information

Removed from Ninteman Construction Project Memos 2.14.
Box/Folder: Map Case Drawer 4 / Folder 2 Item 4

Lighting Recommendations for Dormitory blueprint revised Ruby Lighting Corporation 1956 January 13

Processing/Project Information

Removed from Ninteman Construction Material and Drawings Seminary 2.13.
Box/Folder: Map Case Drawer 4 / Folder 3 Item 1

Informational Lot Map - Pueblo Lots and Silver Terrace undated

Processing/Project Information

Removed from School of Nursing Construction - 2.19.
Box/Folder: Map Case Drawer 4 / Folder 3 Item 3

Figure 4. Master Site Plan - Proposed New Construction 1993 September 13

Processing/Project Information

Removed from USD Master Plan Environmental Impact Report Draft 3.18.