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Title UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings Subseries 38. Helm Library
Creator WKU Archives
Description Images of Helm Library. The building was originally constructed and used as the Physical Education building 1931-1964. All images are in this series.
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Print, Photographic
Year Range From 1931
Admin / Biog History Other Names - Health & Physical Education Building
Date Built - 1931
Cost of Construction - $250,000
Architects - Brinton Davis, Wilk & Arrasmith, Bowling Green

Margie Helm was born in Auburn, Ky. "She received her B.A. degree from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1916, and the M.A. degree in 1933 from the University of Chicago Graduate Library School. Miss Helm became assistant librarian at Western in 1920, librarian in 1923, and Director of Library Services in 1956. She served in this capacity, and as Head of Library Science, until her retirement in 1965. Miss Helm is a member of numerous professional organizations and has contributed articles to various publications. She won the Business and Professional Women's Club award in 1950 as the Outstanding Business Woman of Bowling Green. She was honored in 1964 as the Outstanding College Librarian for Kentucky by the Kentucky Library Association" [Peaks of Progress]

When the building was first opened in 1931, it was used as a gymnasium that could hold up to 5,000 people. During the last basketball season in the Health & Physical Education Builidng, the building was erroneously referred to as the "Big Red Barn" in several newspaper articles. Upon the completion of Diddle Arena in 1963, the building was renovated into a 70,000 square foot library to accomodate over a 1/2 million volumes on three floors with a seating capacity for 1,000 students. The building also housed the Library Science and Industrial Arts departments along with librarians. The library was dedicated on October 14, 1967.

For information on University Libraries see also: Recitation Hall, Cedar House Gordon Wilson Hall Kentucky Building and Cravens Graduate Center & Library.

1965 - renovation and conversion to a library, estimated $1 million
System of Arrangement Images are arranged alphabetically and numerically.
Subjects Western Kentucky University
Search Terms Helm-Cravens Library (WKU)
Physical Education (WKU)
Finding Aids TopScholar -
Related Materials Images with UA1C2.38 prefix
UA30.1.2 - Planning, Design & Construction, Building File
Catalog Number UA1C2.38
Copyrights Check individual images for copyright restrictions.
Dates of Creation 1931-present
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Credit line WKU Archives
Extent 16 folders, 3 oversize, glass plate, 2 negatives, 22 slides
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Parent ID UA1C2
Level of Description Subseries
Disciplines Photography
Containers Helm-Cravens Library
Helm-Cravens Library
Helm-Cravens Library - Construction
Helm-Cravens Library
Helm-Cravens Library
Helm-Cravens Library
Helm-Cravens Library
Helm-Cravens Library
Helm-Cravens Library
Helm-Cravens Library
Helm-Cravens Library - Negatives
Helm-Cravens Library
Helm-Cravens Library