I thought this was a great pic from the 70s for today’s TBT. I haven’t discovered any details about this photo so far, but I am now on the lookout. When I locate additional information I’ll post it here.
My summer interlude in Avila Hall is almost over, as we plan to move the archival collections sometime this week. But before the chaos of moving begins, here are some photos of the Archives’ summer digs.
I had fantastic help with moving the Archives to Avila Hall in April. Mark, one of our contract employees and Anthony, one of our senior students who works for campus safety and our facilities office did the heavy lifting. They also disassembled and re-assembled shelving in both locations. Though, in order to use existing library shelving for the temporary location I had to juggle collections so the guys could take apart my shelving units. To do this I moved the St. Paul School of Theology collections (being temporarily housed with us) to a locking study room elsewhere in the library. It was a tight fit, but doable since it was a very temporary fix. The whole move took about two weeks, with the guys occasionally being pulled away to work on other projects across campus.
As you can readily see, I had lots of materials to stabilize and prepare for moving day in April.
These original architectural drawings of Avila’s campus were a part of the legacy materials found in the “Avila Closet” prior to our Library/Learning Commons/Archives renovation. To stabilize and preserve these historical drawings I plan to encapsulate them in Mylar. To begin this process I removed the original plastic sheeting that covered them and then carefully pulled the drawings off the backboard that they had originally been rubber cemented to. Fortunately, the glue was old enough that it came away without much coaxing. Unfortunately, as you can see, it has discolored/stained the thin artist paper that the pastel drawings were drawn on. This is especially noticeable in the upper or sky area of the drawing. Though they are not labeled as such, the first two buildings on campus were the administrative building – Blasco, and the academic building – O’Reilly.