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Church Fine Arts Building Records

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0589
The records are composed of biographical material about Dr. James E. Church, building specifications, cornerstone ceremony material, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and an invitation for a viewing of the UNR Fine Arts Complex.

Dates

  • 1957-1986, 2012

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

0.5 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Abstract

The records are composed of biographical material about Dr. James E. Church, building specifications, cornerstone ceremony material, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and an invitation for a viewing of the UNR Fine Arts Complex.

Administrative History

The University's Fine Arts Building was designed by Richard J. Neutra and Robert E. Alexander, Architects headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Craig Sheppard, Chairman of the Art Department, recommended in 1957 that the new Fine Arts Classroom Building be named in honor of Dr. James E. Church, who joined the faculty in 1892 and was the first professor to teach art appreciation at the University. The Board of Regents approved the suggestion in 1958. Dr. Church died in 1959 before the groundbreaking for the new building, and the Board of Regents agreed to have the ashes of Dr. and Mrs. Church interred behind the cornerstone. The cornerstone and dedication ceremony was held on March 6, 1960. The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Nevada conducted the ceremony for the laying of the cornerstone. The building was rededicated in May 1977. The new Fine Arts Complex was available in the fall of 1986. The building underwent a renovation in 2012-2013.

Arrangement

The records are arranged into 5 topics: 1) Correspondence & Newspaper Clippings; 2) Building Specifications; 3) Church, James E. Biographical Material; 4) Cornerstone Ceremony & Dedication; 5) Fine Arts Complex.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer. The Fine Arts Building specifications were transferred to Archives from the Nevada State Library and Archives in April 2007.

Related Materials

See also: AC 0531 Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery Records; NUB 26/07/09 Department of Art Records.
Title
A Guide to the Church Fine Arts Building Records
Status
completed
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

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