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University History: Taylor-Murphy


Taylor-Murphy (orginally constructed as the Fine Arts Building)

The building now known as Taylor-Murphy stands on the site of the former Music Hall.  That 2-story building -- a former boarding house -- was moved out of the way so construction on the new Fine Arts Building could begin.  When completed in 1951, the Fine Arts Building held both the Music and the Art departments. 

When those departments outgrew the space, spaces were shifted and the building became the home of the History Department and it was named for two outstanding History faculty.


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University Archives

Alkek Library, Room 580


Research by appointment

Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm


The University Archives is physically located on the 5th floor of the Alkek Library.  In-person and virtual research assistance is generally available Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm (excluding holidays and energy conservation days). 


Research appointments are required for in-person research to allow time for retrieval of offsite materials, to reserve research space, and to allow staff to sanitize the space between researchers.  Walk-in assistance is dependent on staff and space availability, as researchers with appointments are given priority.  Masks are encouraged. 


To request virtual or in-person assistance, please Ask an Archivist