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Buildings and Grounds

Identifier: BC03

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection includes materials relating to the construction and furnishing of campus buildings and landscaped areas. There are court papers, maps, clippings, correspondence, and building plans related to the Riverside Park extensions and openings at 120th Street that date from 1891-1909.

Also included are blueprints, models, planning materials, reports, renovations, and preservation plans for campus buildings and dormitories.

Additionally, there is a large collection of photographs of the interior and exterior of the campus buildings and dormitories. The photographs depict students, faculty, and various construction projects throughout Barnard's history.


  • Creation: 1891 - 2016



This collection has no restrictions.

Reproduction Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard College Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard College Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.


257 Linear Feet (37 full size document boxes, 6 half size boxes, 18 oversize boxes, 2 shallow lid boxes; 5 document drawers, 2 oversize folders)

10 Gigabytes




This collection consists of correspondence, accounts, reports, floor plans, blueprints, photographs, court papers, and memoranda relating to the construction and furnishing of campus buildings and landscaped areas.

Collection Arrangement

The records are arranged in three series. The contents are arranged in alphabetical order by building name. The series arrangement of the records is as follows:

Series 1, Court Documents, 1891-1909
Series 2, Planning Materials and Blueprints, 1891-2015
Series 3, Photographs, 1897-2006

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

The acquisition date and source is unknown.


Additions are expected.

Related Collections

Related materials providing further photographic depiction of buildings and grounds at Barnard College may be found in the following collections in this repository: BC 17 Photography Collection, Series 4: Buildings and Grounds (1899 - 2010).

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Heather Lember in January 2014. Updated by Joan Hsiao in December 2017. Updated by Aziza Rahman in June 2019.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

Guide to Buildings and Grounds Collection
Heather Lember
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Revision Statements

  • 2019: Updated the extent.
  • 2020: Updated the extent and dates.

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

3009 Broadway
New York NY 10027 United States