UC Berkeley Campus Research Guide: Finding Resources

This is a guide to finding information about the UC Berkeley campus, including individual buildings, features, landscapes, artworks, and plans.

Finding Resources

Contact Information

Environmental Design Library
Contact:
210 Wurster Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Website / Blog Page

Subjects and Keywords

Use subject headings, author/organization, or keywords such as these in the library catalogs:

[name of building]--Berkeley, Calif.
[last name, first name of designer/planner] 

Architects--California--BerkeleyBerkeley, Calif.--Aerial photographsBerkeley,
Calif.--Buildings
Berkeley, Calif.--DescriptionBerkeley,
Calif.--History

Campus planning--California
College buildings--California

Historic buildings--California--Berkeley
Sather Tower--Berkeley, Calif


Universities and colleges--Buildings
University of California, Berkeley--[name of building]
University of California, Berkeley--Buildings--Photographs
University of California (1868-1952)--Designs and plans
University of California, Berkeley--History--[name of building] Berkeley, Calif.
University of California,Berkeley--Planning
University of California, Berkeley--Aerial photographs

Images

Search the library catalogs under subject, author/organization or keywords: University of California Berkeley Pictorial Works.

Photographs located in the Bancroft Library or at the UC Archives.

Maps and Plans

Journal Articles

Articles are not included in the library catalogs. Search subject and keywords such as those above.

Databases

Other sources

Newspaper Articles

Campus History

Campus History and Planning - Online Resources

 

The following research guide may be useful as well.

Campus History and Planning - Print Resources

Architecture

Where to start

Four excellent resources to begin research:

The following research guides may be useful

Overall Campus Architecture

Historic Campus Architeture

Individual Campus Buildings

Note: Unless otherwise noted, the following Views of "building name" are photographs located at the UC Archives.

  • Agricultural Building See Budd Hall

  • Agriculture Hall See Wellman Hall

Landscape

Overall Landscape Architecture

In addition, the California Landscape Architecture research guide may be helpful.

Outdoor Art, Benches, Sundials, etc.

Individual Landscape Sites

Blake Estate and Garden Architect: Walter Bliss. Completed: 1926 

  • Blake Estate Collection. Spans ca.1922-1998 and contains records documenting its history as the private residence of Anson S. and Anita Blake and later as a teaching resource owned and managed by the UCB, Department of Landscape Architecture, now the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. Included are projects by professional architects and landscape architects, as well as design projects by landscape architecture students. Available at CED Archives ARCH 2002-6; call for appointment; view the Finding aid
  • Blake garden (Spring 1987) by Linda Haymaker, Pacific Horticulture, 48(1), p. 8 -13. Discusses early development of the garden and the subsequent work under the ownership of UC Berkeley. Plan and photographs. See: Ref Desk File:UCB Buildings, Landscape, Plans.
  • Blake garden : a history of landscape change (2006) compiled by Linda Jewell, John Norcross and graduate students
  • Return to glory (Summer 1986), by Lawrence Lee, Garden Design, 5(2), p.56-64. Describes restoration of the Blake garden, including plant species. Photographs.

 Botanical Garden Architect: Office of Architects and Engineers. Completed: 1927

 Campanile Esplanade Also called “Sather Esplanade”

The formal open-air setting for the Campanile planted with sycamores, remnants of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition, transplanted after the expo closed. When planted and trimmed in the formal manner, these pollarded trees are called London Plane Trees.

 Campanile Way

Central or Memorial Glade Landscape architect: Richard Haag and Royston Hanamoto Alley and Abey landscape architects. Completed: 1997-1998

The Glade is the topping on the underground layers of the Gardner Stacks in Doe Library.

 Faculty Glade

Goodspeed Natural Area: Sloping grass area between the Faculty Club and Strawberry Creek

 Founders Rock Area

Grinnell Natural Area

A grove of coast live oak, Monterey pine trees, and redwoods near the West entrance of campus, bordered to the north by Strawberry Creek and the Eucalyptus Grove.

 Hearst Mining Circle Architect: John Galen Howard Completed:1914

 Maxwell Family Field

  • An artificial turf multi-use playing field. Formerly Kleeberger Field

Memorial Glade 

  • See Central or Memorial Glade

 North Gate

A pedestrian gate at the north entrance to campus, located at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Hearst Avenue, donated by the class of 1954.

  • The Class of 1954 Gate competition, (1996) University of California, Berkeley. A brief history of the competition and construction of the gate, and reproductions of the finalists' and other entrants' architectural plans.

 Observatory Hill

 Piedmont Way

 Plazas See also individual plazas, by name

 Sather Gate Architect: John Galen Howard. Completed: 1910.

 Sproul Plaza Hardison & DeMars with Lawrence Halprin. Completed: 1961.

 Strawberry Creek

Trees

Plans and Planning

Campus Plans

Titles are grouped chronologically from the earliest phases of campus development, beginning in 1860 and continuing to the present.

1860-1896 BERKELEY CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT (Olmsted Plan, Farquharson Plan)

1896-1902 PHOEBE HEARST ARCHITECTURAL PLAN (Benard Plan)
1902-1927 JOHN GALEN HOWARD PLAN
1927-1938 GEORGE W. KELHAM PLAN
1938-1948 BERKELEY CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT

1957-1980 BERKELEY CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT

1981-1987 BERKELEY CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT

Long Range Development Plans (LRDP)

First Draft LRDP, 1989-2005
Second Draft LRDP, 1990-2005

1990-2005 Long-Range Development Plan

NEW CENTURY PLAN

2005-2020 LONG RANGE DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Histories & Studies

Planners and Designers

Planners and Designers

Brown, Arthur Jr. (1874-1957) - University architect from 1938 - 1948.

Developed a new plan for the campus based on John Galen Howard's plan. Buildings on campus include Stern Hall, Mulford Hall, Cowell Hospital (demolished), Minor Hall, Sproul Hall, and others. After his term as Supervising Architect for the campus, his firm continued to do projects on campus.


Church, Thomas Dolliver (1902-1978) – Consulting Landscape Architect, 1960s-70s

Did various plans and reports for several areas of campus 1964-70, including landscape master plans in 1961 and 1966.


Howard, John Galen (1864-1931) - University architect, 1902 - 1927.

Hired as campus architect. Founded the Department of Architecture. Many of the major architects in Northern California at this time trained under him. Buildings on campus include Hearst Mining Building, Greek Theatre, Doe Library, Durant Hall,Wellman Hall, North Gate Hall.


Kelham, George (1871-1936) - University architect, 1927 - 1938.

Developed a new plan for the campus based on Howard's plan. Buildings on campus include Bowles Hall, Cowell Hospital,Davis Hall, Harmon Gymnasium, Minor Hall, and Sproul Hall.


Maybeck, Bernard (1862-1957) - Founder of the Bay Region Style. Lecturer at Berkeley

His pupils included Julia Morgan. With Morgan, designed many buildings on campus including the Men's Faculty Club and the Hearst Gymnasium.


Morgan, Julia (1872-1957)

First licensed woman architect in California. Designed several buildings on campus, most with Bernard Maybeck or John Galen Howard.


 Wurster, William (1895-1973) Dean of the School of Architecture/College of Environmental Design, 1950-1963 (CED founded 1959)

Buildings include Stern Hall

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1981 Campus Space Plan

Index to the 1981 Berkeley Campus Space Plan

This is an alphabetical index to the buildings included in The Berkeley Campus Space Plan. Descriptions of each building includes basic floorplans, total sq. ft., condition, etc.

The Berkeley Campus Space Plan / University of California, Berkeley. Buildings and Campus Development Committee. Berkeley: University of California, 1981-84, 4 volumes.

  • Volume 1: The I & R component of the Long Range Development Plan
  • Volume 2, parts 1-5: Academic precinct reports & responses: Engineering & earth sciences; Mathematics, physical sciences; Art, music & professions; Humanities & social sciences; Agriculture and life sciences
  • Volume 3, parts 1-4: Task force reports on support activities and services; Library facilities; Sports and athletics facilities
  • Volume 3, parts 5-10: Food services; Computing facilities; Landscape, open space, circulation, and parking; Administrative space; Animal facilities; Hill area
  • Volume 4, parts 1-6: Phase II, Academic units response: Engineering & Earth Science; Mathematics & Physical Sciences; Art, Music & Professions; Humanities & Social Sciences; Humanities & Social Sciences Statistical Supplement; Agriculture & Life Sciences.
2220 Bancroft Vol. 3:8, p. 13
2401 Bancroft Vol. 2:4, p. IV 11.1
2440 Bancroft Vol. 3:2, p. 37
2401 Bowditch Vol. 3:2, p. 31
2405 Bowditch Vol. 3:8, p. 15
2515 Channing Vol. 3:2, p. 33
2535-2539-2543 Channing Vol. 3:8, p. 29
2241 College Vol. 2:3, p. III 17.1
2243 College Vol. 2:3, p. III 18.1
2251 College Vol. 2:3, p. III 19.1
2427 Dwight Vol. 3:8, p. 21
2223 Fulton Vol. 3:8, p. 33
2607 Hearst Vol. 2:1, p. I 13.1
2220 Piedmont Vol. 2:3, p. III 16.1
2222 Piedmont Vol. 2:3, p. III 15.1
2224 Piedmont Vol. 2:3, p. III 14.1
2232 Piedmont Vol. 2:3, p. III 13.1
2234 Piedmont Vol. 2:3, p. III 12.1
2240 Piedmont Vol. 2:3, p. III 11.1
6701 San Pablo Vol 3:8, p. 43
A & E Building Vol. 3:8, p. 9
Administrative Space Vol. 3:8
Anthony Hall Vol. 3:2, p. 21
Anthropology Library Vol. 3:3, p. 29
Art Gallery Vol. 2:4, p. IV 9.1
Art Museum Vol. 2:3, p. III 1.1 
Vol. 3:1, p. 47
Asian American Studies Library Vol. 3:3, p. 71
Acid House Vol. 3:10, p. 29
Astronomy/Math/Statistics/Computer Science Library Vol. 3:3, p. 54
ASUC Food Operations Vol. 3:5, p. 23
Background and Organization Vol. 1, p. 1
Barrows Hall Vol. 2:4, p. IV 10.1
Bear Vending (Food Services) Vol. 3:5, p. 23 & 28
Bear's Lair (Food Services) Vol. 3:5, p. 23 & 27
Bechtel Engineering Center Vol. 2:1, p. I 4.1
Berkeley Campus Space Plan Vol. 1, p. 165
Biochemistry Building Vol. 2:5, p. V 10.1
Biochemistry Library Vol. 3:3, p. 41
Biology Library Vol. 3:3, p. 41
Birge Hall Vol. 2:2, p. II 2.1
Boalt Hall Vol. 2:3, p. III 10.1
Botanical Garden Vol. 3:1, p. 21 
Vol. 3:10, p. 27
Cafeteria Building Vol. 3:2, p. 19
California Hall Vol. 3:8, p. 17
California Memorial Stadium Vol. 3:4, p. 35
Callaghan Hall Vol. 2:4, p. IV 12.1
Calvin Laboratory Vol. 2:3 p. III 9.1
Campbell Hall Vol. 2:2, p. II 4.1
Catering Services Vol. 3:5, p. 19 & 27
Center for Chinese Studies Library Vol. 3:3, p. 65
Chemistry Library Vol. 3:3, p. 55
Chicano Studies Library Vol. 3:3, p. 71
Circulation Vol. 3:7
Computing Facilities Vol. 3:6
Cookie Bear Food Services Vol. 3:5, p. 24 & 27
Cory Hall Vol. 2:1, p. I 1.1
Cowell Memorial Hospital Vol. 2:3, p. III 8.1
Cowell Memorial Hospital Food Services Vol. 3:5, p. 19 & 27
Davis Hall Vol. 2:1, p. I 3.1
The Deli Food Services Vol. 3:5, p. 17 & 26
Departmental Libraries Vol. 3:3, p. 79
Doe (Main) Library Vol. 3:3, p. 10-22
Donner Laboratory Vol. 2:1, p. I 12.1
Durant Hall Vol. 2:4, p. IV 3.1
Dwinelle Hall Vol. 2:4, p. IV 1.1
Dwinelle Hall Annex Vol. 2:4, p. IV 2.1
Earth Sciences Building Vol. 2:1, p. I 8.1
Earth Sciences Library Vol. 3:3, p. 56
Earthquake Engineering Research Center Vol. 3:3, p. 72
East Asiatic Library Vol. 3:3, p. 63
Education/Psychology Library Vol. 3:3, p. 30
Edwards Track Stadium Vol. 3:4, p. 25
Engineering Library Vol. 3:3, p. 58
Entomology Library Vol. 3:3, p. 44
Environmental Design Library Vol. 3:3, p. 32
Essig Museum of Entomology Vol. 3:1, p. 39
Etcheverry Hall Vol. 2:1, p. I 11.1
Evans Hall Vol. 2:2, p. II 1.1
The Fence Food Services Vol. 3:5, p. 17 & 26
Field Station for Behavioral Research Vol. 3:10, p. 38
Food Services Vol. 3:5
Forest Products Library Vol. 3:3, p. 45
Forestry Library Vol. 3:3, p. 46
Garden Cafe Food Services Vol. 3:5, p. 16 & 26
George C. Edwards Field & Clint Evans Baseball Diamond Vol. 3:4, p. 28
Giannini Foundation Library Vol. 3:3, p. 72
Giannini Hall Vol. 2:5, p. V 3.1
Giauque Laboratory Vol. 2:2, p. II 6.1
Gilman Hall ol. 2:2, p. II 5.1
Girton Hall Vol. 3:2, p. 23
Golden Bear Food Services Vol. 3:5, p. 14 & 25
Governmental Studies Library Vol. 3:3, p. 73
Haas Clubhouse at Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area Vol. 3:4, p. 39
Harmon Gymnasium Vol. 3:4, p. 20 & 43
Haviland Hall Vol. 2:5, p. V 2.1
Health Science Information Service Library Vol. 3:3, p. 48
Hearst Gymnasium Vol. 3:4, p. 29 & 42
Hearst Memorial Mining Building Vol. 2:1, p. I 2.1
Hearst North Field Vol. 3:4, p. 33
Hearst Tennis Courts Vol. 3:4, p. 32
Hellman Tennis Complex Vol. 3:4, p. 27
Herbaria Vol. 3:1, p. 15
Hertz Hall Vol. 2:3, p. III 4.1
Hesse Hall Vol. 2:1, p. I 7.1
Hildebrand Hall Vol. 2:2, p. II 7.1
Hilgard Hall Vol. 2:5, p. V 5.1
Hill Area Vol. 3:10
Humanities/Social Science Libraries Vol. 3:3, p. 28
Ice Creamery Food Services Vol. 3:5, p. 16 & 26
Industrial Relations Library Vol. 3:3, p. 74
International House Vol. 3:2, p. 25
International House Coffee Shop Vol. 3:5, p. 20 & 27
International Studies Library Vol. 3:3, p. 74
Kresge Engineering Library Vol. 3:3, p. 58
Kroeber Hall Vol. 2:3, p. III 2.1
Ky Ebright Boathouse Vol. 3:4, p. 41
Landscape Vol 3:7
Latimer Hall Vol. 2:2, p. II 9.1
Law Building Vol. 2:3, p. III 10.1
Law School Library Vol. 3:3, p. 75
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Vol. 3:10, p. 41
Lawrence Hall of Science Vol. 3:1, p. 43 
Vol. 3:10, p. 30
LeConte Hall Vol. 2:2, p. II 3.1
Lewis Hall Vol. 2:2, P. II 8.1
Library School Vol. 3:3, p. 34
Libraries (General & Branches) Vol. 3:3
Life Sciences Building Vol. 2:5, p. V 1.1
Life Sciences Libraries Vol. 3:3, p. 40
Lowie Museum of Anthropology Vol. 3:1, p. 23
Manville Hall/School of Law Food Services Vol. 3:5, p. 19 & 27
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Vol. 3:10, p. 37
McLaughlin Hall Vol. 2:1, p. I 5.1
Men's Faculty Club Food Services Vol. 3:5, p. 20 & 27
Minor Hall Vol. 2:3, p. III 7.1
Minor Hall Addition Vol. 2:3, p. III 6.1
Moffitt Library Vol. 3:3, p. 23-27
Morgan Hall Vol. 2:5, p. V 7.1
Morrison Hall Vol. 2:3, p. III 3.1
Moses Hall Vol. 2:4, p. IV 8.1
Mulford Hall Vol. 2:5, p. V 8.1
Museum of Paleontology Vol. 3:1, p. 35
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Vol. 3:1, p. 29
Music Library Vol. 3:3, p. 35
Native American Studies Library Vol. 3:3, p. 76
Natural Resources Vol. 3:3, p. 48
Naval Architecture Building Vol. 2:1, p. I 10.1
North Gate Hall Vol. 2:1, p. I 9.1
O'Brien Hall Vol. 2:1, p. I 6.1
Open Space Vol. 3:7
Optometry Library Vol. 3:3, p. 50
Oskimobiles (Food Services) Vol. 3:5, p. 18
Oxford Tract Buildings Vol. 2:5, p. V 11.1
Parking Vol. 3:7
Pelican Building Vol. 3:2, p. 21
Physical Science Lecture Hall Vol. 2:2, p. II 10.1
Physical Sciences Libraries Vol. 3:3, p. 53
Physics Library Vol. 3:3, p. 60
Plaza Food Services Vol. 3:5, p. 15 & 26
Poultry Husbandry Area Vol. 3:10, p. 22
Power House Vol. 3:8, p. 41
Public Health Library Vol. 3:3, p. 51
Ramona's Cafe (Wurster Hall) Vol. 3:5, p. 18 & 26
Samuel Silver Space Sciences Laboratory and Related Facilities Vol. 3:10, p. 33
Services Building Vol. 3:8, p. 23
Social Science Library Vol. 3:3, p. 37
Social Welfare Library Vol. 3:3, p. 39
South Hall Vol. 2:4, p. IV 5.1
South Hall Annex Vol. 2:4, p. IV 6.1
Space Resources and Needs Survey Vol. 1, p. 43
Special Collections Vol. 3:1, p. 53
Sports and Athletics Facilities Vol. 3:4
Sproul Hall Vol. 3:2, p. 13
Stanley Hall Vol. 2:2, p. II 11.1
Stephens Hall Vol. 2:4, p. IV 7.1
The Swallow Food Services Vol. 3:5, p. 22 & 27
T-19 (Agriculture & Life Sciences) Vol. 2:5, p. V 12.1
T-4 (Math & Physical Sciences) Vol. 2:2, p. II 12.1
T-5, T-6, T-8, and T-9 (Student Activities & Services) Vol. 3:2, p. 25
T-7 (Math & Physical Sciences) Vol. 2:2, p. II 13.1
Terrace Grill Food Services Vol. 3:5, p. 14 & 25
Terrace Cafe (Bechtel Center) Vol. 3:5, p. 17 & 26
Tolman Hall Vol. 2:5, p. V 6.1
Transportation Studies Library Vol. 3:3, p. 77
University Art Museum Vol. 3:1, p. 47 
Vol. 2:3, p. III 1.1
University Garage Vol. 3:8, p. 49
Vending Operations (Food Services) Vol. 3:5, p. 17
Warren Hall Vol. 2:5, p. V 9.1
Water Resources Library Vol. 3:3, p. 77
Wellman Hall Vol. 2:5, p. V 4.1
Wheeler Hall Vol. 2:4, p. IV 4.1
Women's Faculty Club Food Services Vol. 3:5, p. 21 & 27
Women's Intercollegiate Athletics Boathouse Vol. 3:4, p. 41
Wood Collection Vol. 3:1, p. 53
Wurster Hall Vol. 2:3, p. III 5.1
 
 

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