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John H. Herrick compiled building documentation for every known structure at The Ohio State University from the inception of the University in the 1870s through 1988. Herrick followed a building, whether a sheep barn or medical center, from its purchase or deed to the University through its sale, relocation, renovation, or demolition. Herrick also included drawings of each building, placing them within their sites and suggesting their forms. The resulting documents form an unprecedented and comprehensive history of both the structures at the University and campus planning efforts. It is our intention to reformat the John H. Herrick Archives for easier access and use it as the foundation for an expanded Ohio State University Structures Database. In the spirit of Herrick's work, the OSU Structures Database will include updated building information (including renovated, demolished, and newly built structures after 1988), physical facilities reports, images, and histories of selected buildings. The database will be accessible via its own public interface, as well as via two other complementary sources: the Knowlton School of Architecture Digital Library and the OSU Interactive Historic Campus Map.

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