The Places Directory provides the proper names of all Lawrence campus buildings and landmarks, mailing addresses, occupants, seating capacities for public spaces, and a history of the building or landmark and its namesake. It also lists outdoor courtyards, fountains, gateways, memorials, markers, and sculptures on the Lawrence campus.

Sources include University Archives records; the Web sites This Week in KU History and Historic Mount Oread Fund; the Lawrence Journal-World and KU Alumni Association publications; and personal interviews. A primary source for sculptures and memorials was the 1994-95 compilation “SOS!: Save Outdoor Sculpture.”

Texts consulted include "The University of Kansas: A History" by Clifford Griffin; "Across the Years on Mount Oread" by Robert Taft; "Historic Mount Oread" by Sandra Swanson Wiechert; and "On the Hill: A Photographic History of the University of Kansas" compiled by Virginia Adams, Katie Armitage, Donna Butler, Carol Shankel and Barbara Watkins.

If you spot an error or an oversight, please let us know at webcomms@ku.edu.


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