Because Old Main is such a visible part of our campus it is a popular topic for research. The resources in the University Archives that relate to the history of Old Main are available here in digital format. Unfortunately, we are not aware of any original documents relating to its construction.
The University Archives holds official university records, donated materials from friends and alumni, and subject files related to various buildings, property, programs, and events. Researchers interested in in-depth study may find these materials to be a rich source of information.
Prior to making an appointment, please send an e-mail with the specific research request so that staff can determine if there are relevant materials in the archives. Researchers are also welcome to schedule an initial reference consultation with an archivist to discuss research needs. Please remember that while some topics are well-documented there are still many gaps in our historical record.