Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Central Michigan University. Park Library

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: New library collection,
Creator: Central Michigan University. Park Library
Inclusive dates: 1996, 2008
Extent: 3 cubic feet (in 4 boxes, 2 v.)
The collection documents the reconstruction and new addition of the library, as well as life in the new building, in photographs, webpages, clippings, publications, brochures, reports, CDs, and photograph albums.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:


Access Restrictions:

Central Michigan University. Park Library New library collection is open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Central Michigan University. Park Library New library collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is chronological and then alphabetical by topic.


Organizational History:

The old Park Library building was gutted, resided, and an addition added between 1998 and 2001. The work was done by Greiner and Associates, Grand Rapids, and Christman Construction, Lansing, Michigan. Architectural materials documenting the addition are in the CMU. Park Library Architectural materials collection, 1966, 2001. Ground breaking ceremonies for the new Park Library building at Central Michigan University (CMU) were held on April 21, 1999. A decommissioning dinner for the library staff and other CMU staff who worked in the library was held May 7, 1999. An open house for the university community was held on January 9, 2002. Formal dedication of the building occurred on April 12, 2002.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the reconstruction and new addition of the CMU Park Library building, located on the corner of Preston and Franklin Streets in Mount Pleasant, through photographs, webpages, clippings (copies), publications, and other materials. This collection was kept separate from prior Park Library collection due to its timely nature and ease of retrieval requested by the Dean of Libraries.

Also included here are various publications of exhibits and events, news articles, website pages, and brochures generated since 2002 documenting ongoing events in the building. Of particular note is Library needs of faculty in a changing environment: report of findings, a report based on a survey, written by Professor Mary A. Senter, December 2006. Also included are two CDs, one of the library’s opening, January 9, 2002, and another of the 50th anniversary of the library’s federal depository program, January 24, 2008.

Later additions to the collection from the Dean’s Office include materials used to plan the new building, 3 CDs of photographs of the construction and dedication, and 19 sets of photographs mounted on foamcore board for demonstration purposes. The collection is ongoing.

Reference Point, the Park’s newsletter, is separately cataloged and housed as a periodical in the Clarke’s collections.

Subject Terms

    • Central Michigan University. Park Library.
    • Central Michigan University--History.
    • Libraries--Michigan.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Central Michigan Community University. Park Library New library collection [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Clarke Historical Library, Brochure 2002
    Box   1 F   2
    Clarke Historical Library, Invitation to David Small's Presentation, April 16, 2002
    Box   1 F   3
    Decommissioning Dinner, Invitation and Menu, May 7, 1999
    Box   1 F   4
    Dedication Materials, Invitations, April 11-12, 2002
    Box   1 F   5
    Exhibits/Events Brochures/Catalogs, 2006-present
    Box   1 F   6
    Federal Depository Program, 50th Anniversary, CD-Rom, January 24, 2008
    Box   1 F   7
    Finch Fieldhouse Layout, 1999-2001
    Box   1 F   8
    Fine art of illustrating for children: art from the collection of Francis and Mary Lois Molson, Catalog, 2002
    Box   1 F   9
    Friends of the Libraries, Brochure, 2002
    Box   1 F   10
    Groundbreaking, Programs and Photographs, April 21, 1999
    Box   1 F   11
    Library needs of faculty in a changing environment: report of findings, by Professor Mary A. Senter, December 2006
    Box   1 F   12
    Library Opening, CD-Rom, January 9, 2002
    Box   1 F   13
    Memos to All Staff, 1998-2001
    Box   1 F   14
    Newspaper Clippings (copies), January 1999-2002
    Box   1 F   15
    Park Library Dinner, Menu, Program, Bookmark, March 14, 1998
    Box   1 F   16
    Patron’s guide, Charles V. Park Library: enhancing tradition with technology, 2002
    Box   1 F   17
    Photographs, Clarke Reception, April 2002
    Box   1 F   18
    Photographs, Construction, September 1999
    Box   1 F   19
    Photographs, Construction, July 2002
    Box   1 F   20
    Photographs, Decommissioning Dinner, May 7, 1999
    Box   1 F   21
    Photographs, Demolition, and Negatives, June 1999
    Box   1 F   22
    Photographs, Groundbreaking Ceremony, April 21, 1999
    Box   1 F   23
    Photographs, Interior Views, Front Door, 2001
    Box   1 F   24
    Photographs, Miscellaneous, [1999], 2001
    Box   1 F   25
    Photographs, Moving Vans; Moving Stacks from First Floor, June-July 1999; February 2001
    Box   1 F   26
    Photographs, Opening Events, 2002
    Box   1 F   27
    Photographs and E-photographs, 2000, 2002
    Box   2 F   1
    Relocation Timetable, February 18, 1999
    Box   2 F   2
    Rose 143, Student Activity Center, Layout, 1999-2001
    Box   2 F   3
    Webpages, CDRom, 2002
    Box   2 F   4
    WebPages and E-photographs, April 199-December 2000
    Box   2 F   5
    WebPages and E-photographs, January-December 2001
    Box   2 F   6
    WebPages and E-photographs, January -April 2002
    Box   3 F   1
    Partnering: working together so we all win (2 folders), 1999
    Box   3 F   2
    Photographs of Construction and Dedication, 3 CDs, 2001
    Box   3 F   3
    [Planning Materials], Greiner, 1996-2001
    Box   3 F   4
    [Planning Materials], Library Project Administrative Committee, 1996-2001
    Box   3 F   5
    [Planning Materials], Miscellaneous/Original Documents (2 folders), 1996-2001
    Box   3 F   6
    [Planning Materials], Project Meeting Report, and Minutes, 1996-2001
    Box   4 F   1
    19 sets of Construction and Dedication Photographs, Mounted on Foamcor Board, 1999-2001
    Volume   1  
    Photograph Album, Oversized Volume 1, 1999
    Volume   2  
    Photograph Album, Oversized Volume 2, 1999-2001