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Fred Ambrose Papers

Identifier: RG99.0339

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Scope and Contents

These papers include correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, floor plans, and campus maps relating to the planning of campus classrooms and dormitories during the 1940s and 1950s. The file labels and alphabetical organization exist as they were assigned by Ambrose. Of note is the 1955 space utilization study, conducted for all offices and classrooms in all campus buildings. In addition to the enormity of the project, this study is noteworthy for the standardization of building names Ambrose apparently brought about. He and his staff found that four resources -- the 1954 Financial Report, the Staff Directory, the Schedule of Courses, and the SUI section of the telephone book -- were not in agreement regarding the nomenclature of some campus buildings (see Box 10, folder 1). This collection provides a view of campus growth, as well as evidence of cooperation between institutions as they grappled with the same challenges.

Photographs: Boxes 13, 20


  • Creation: 1918 - 1959
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1941-1959


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical or Historical Information

Superintendent of Grounds and Buildings, Business Manager and University Secretary, Chief of Plant Utilization, 1941-1959.


10.00 Linear Feet

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Method of Acquisition

These materials were transferred to the University Archives from Administrative offices in Old Capitol in July 1965.

Related Materials

Folder, "Ambrose, Fred W.," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.003) Buildings and Grounds Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.002) Facilities & Grounds Records (RG26.0006.001) Resource Guide to Campus Buildings, Landmarks and Maps Records of the Campus Planning Committee (RG05.0003.024) California & Western Conference Cost and Statistical Study Collection (RG 05.04.04) E. F. Lindquist Papers (RG99.0227)

Processing Information

B Partially Processed

Denise Anderson, June 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242