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Name Cravens Graduate Center & Library (WKU)
Details Other Names - Cravens Graduate Center, 1969
Raymond Cravens Library, 2008
Date Built - 1970
Cost of Construction - $2.4 million
Gross Square Feet - 104,723 (1973)
Architects - Frank Cain

Namesake - Raymond Cravens:

Born in St. Bernard, Ohio, Raymond L. Cravens obtained his A.B. in 1952 and his M.A. in 1955 from Western. During his college career he worked as business manager for the College Heights Herald where he was also a staff cartoonist. He earned his Ph.D. from University of Kentucky in 1958. Upon graduation he began teaching political science in WKU's History Department and continued up the ladder into administration being named Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1959. He served as Dean of Public Service & International Programs from 1977 to 1980 when he went back to teaching full time. The 1962 Talisman was dedicated to him and the Kentucky Junior Chamber of Commerce named him one of its "Outstanding Young Men in Kentucky" for 1963. He retired from WKU in 1991. Cravens received a special recognition of 50 years of service to WKU in 2007. The Board of Regents approved the naming of the building on July 8, 1969.

Building History:
"The 9 story building will house graduate library facilities, office of the dean of graduate college, areas for card catalogs and circulation counters, lobby areas and additional auxiliary and storage space." ["Permit Sought For WKU Center," Park City Daily News, August 27, 1969] The building was built of reinforced concrete and brick. It is connected at the fourth floor with the Margie Helm Library and was built on the site of the college swimming pool.

On July 7, 1971 the Board of Regents voted to change the name to Raymond Cravens Graduate Center and Library as it "would better convey the function and purpose of the building."

For information on University Libraries see also:

Recitation Hall
Cedar House
Gordon Wilson Hall
Helm Library
Kentucky Building

Additions - 2004 - elevators replaced

College Heights Herald:
1971 February 2, p. 5; July 13, p. 3; August 27, p. 19; August 31, p. 9; December 7, p. 1
1973 January 19, p. 5; January 26, p. 11; January 30, p. 7; October 5, p. 5
1975 June 26, p. 12
1983 January 11, p. 13
1988 November 3, p. 12
1990 November 15, p. 1

Park City Daily News:
1969 August 27
2003 July 7
2004 November 4
2005 July 26

$2.4 Million Low Bid for Western Graduate Center, June 13, 1969

Permit Sought for WKU Center, Aug. 10, 1969

Western Graduate Center, photo, May 16, 1969

Documents & Primary Sources:

UA1F Raymond Cravens Vertical File - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/1953/

UA2 Board of Regents Meeting Minutes - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/bor/

1968 September 21
1969 April 23 & July 8
1970 July 17; August 6
1971 July 28

UA11 University Relations - Building & Construction File

UA30/1/1 Planning, Design & Construction - Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/81/

UA30/1/2 Planning, Design & Construction - Building File - Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/58/
Archives Entries 13
Library Entries 3
Object Entries 2
Photograph Entries 31

Associated Records

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections. Subseries 1. Public Relations - Public Affairs (WKU)

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections. Subseries 1. Public Relations - Public Affairs (WKU)

Photographs, negatives, slides and transparencies created by Public Affairs staff members of WKU faculty, staff, students, alumni and events. See container list for arrangement and description.

Image of UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 1. Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 1. Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

Blueprints, drawings and plans of WKU buildings and campus created by the Department of Planning, Design & Construction.

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

Photographs, negatives, postcards, drawings, slides and digital images of Western Kentucky University buildings. Includes buildings of founding institutions. Subseries 1. Academic Athletic Performance Center / Diddle Arena Subseries 2. Academic Complex Subseries 3. Agricultural Exposition Center Subseries 4. Proposed Buildings Subseries 5. Barnes-Campbell Subseries 6. Barracks Subseries 7. Bates-Runner Subseries 8. Bemis Lawrence Subseries 9. Cabell Hall Subseries 10. Cedar House aka Faculty House Subseries 11. West Hall Subseries 12. Unidentified Subseries 13. Cherry Hall, 1937+ Subseries 14. Glasgow Normal School Subseries

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 83, No. 17 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4483">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4483</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Theft Walk Out Western Eisenbrey, Emily

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 49, No. 21 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4781">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4781</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Neumayer, Rick. Social Issues Dominate Dialogue Atkinson, Marthalee. Caretaker Continues Run with Weekend Performances 21 Local Merchants Sign with Discount Program Wilkerson, Larry. Construction Projects to be Completed Soon - Pearce-Ford Tower, Parking Structure, Maintenance Services Building, Tate Page Hall, Downing University Center, Cravens Graduate Center & Library, Service & Supply Building

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College Heights Herald, Special Summer Edition - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Special Summer Edition available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4817">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4817</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Street Opening Set Aug. 17 - Seventeenth Street Firm to Build 150 Units for Married Students Former Westerner is Crowned at Fair - Joanna Smith Lowell Harrison to Speak at Commencement $23 Million Budget is Approved; James Wesolowski, Burch Oglesby, Edmund Hegan Picks Bowling, Camelia. Hardin Planetarium Solves Weighty Problems 2 at Western Trying to Salvage Fountain - Fountain Square Pa

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College Heights Herald, Special Freshman Issue - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Special Freshman Issue available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4816">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4816</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: New Students Receive Official WKU Welcome Bob, et al to Open at Center Theatre - Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice Schedule Planning Beings Regents Elevate Stephen House, Sell Bonds Freshman Assembly Gets Face-Lifting, but Purpose Remains Same 155 Coeds in Rush Downing, Dero. Dear Western Students College Experience Offers Invaluable Opportunities Herald States Letters Policy Lawrence,

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 51, No. 2 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4815">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4815</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Surprise Charge of $1.50 Brings Complaints, Explanation Miss Rebecca Bartley is Kentucky Rural Electric Co-Op Queen Herald Staff Makes News New Department Heads Assume Duties Alpha Xi Delta Acquires House College Films Are Featured Beg Your Pardon Kemp Trio Sets Concert WKU Hires 65 18-Year-Old Voter Registration Poses Major Election Problem Youth Solves Nation's Worries Herald States Letter

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 49, No. 44 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4940">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4940</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Morris, Richard. Mayor R.D. Graham Says Western Boost Crime Rate Miller, Joyce. Alpha Delta Pi, Sigma Chi Emerge Victorious Application Forms for Cheerleaders Now Available Potter, Jerry. Associated Students President Predicts New Breed Leaders Audience 'Entertains' Entertainers - Blood Sweat & Tears State Journalism Group Selects Bruce Tucker President Real Crime Problems Whitewashed by Ma

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 52, No. 32 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4992">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4992</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Russell, Steven. Academic Council Freezes Pass-Fail Proposal Pence, Carter. Associated Student Government May Investigate Coed No-Hours Fee Students Receive Nixon's Peace Message with Mixed Emotions Lucas, John. Speaker Urges Student Interest Group - Steve Atlas Cross, Al. Foreign Students Are Guests of Bowling Green Jaycees Cease-Five Forces Cancellation - Daniel James Elmore, Valerie. Brag

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 50, No. 6 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5018">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5018</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Caudill, Tom. Dorm Occupancy Up 8 Per Cent This Fall Harris, Roger & Betsy Leake. Marlow Cook Criticizes Wendell Ford for Declining Debate Vote Set Reynolds, Jim. Dr. David Livingston, I Presume? - Cave Rescue Crawford, Ricky. Pollster George Gallup to Speak Here Thursday Night Western to Elect 48 to Who's Who Wethington, Jay. Local Prices Increase Saving Grocery Money Means More Food for Thoug

Image of College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 52 No. 13 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5305">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5305</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Cash, Terry. Committee Will Choose Who's Who Chicago Sets Ticket Record Minton, Don. Bob Woodward Cancels Lecture for Work Judicial Council Drops Associated Student Government-Maranatha Case Minton, Don. Associated Student Government Passes Resolution Seeking Downing University Center Bookdrop What's Happening - Gamma Beta Phi, Student National Education Association, Kappa Delta, Maranatha, Bridge

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Cravens Graduate Center & Library - Painting

Architectural rendering of the Cravens Library Graduate Center

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Purse - Purse

Box purse decorated with decoupage scenes from Western Kentucky University , i.e. Hardin Planetarium, Ivan Wilson Center for Fine Arts, Raymond Cravens Graduate Center, Lawrence Weatherby Administration Building, Faculty House, Gordon Wilson Hall, Smith Stadium, Old President's Home - Alumni Center and E. A. Diddle Arena. Metal hasp and handle. The interior is lined in red velvet, and an oval mirror is affixed to the back of the lid.

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Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

President Kelly Thompson's Resignation Statement The Thompson Era Western is Not Losing Dr. Kelly Thompson Resolution Relative to President Thompson's Resignation Allan Trout, Janice Holt Giles Give Collections to Western Tools of the Trade: Faculty Produces Record Number of Publications During 1968-69 Student Activists - Western Style Better Education for Kentuckians Alumni Club Formed, New York Westerners Meet in Huntsville, Ala. Special Club Formed, CAP Robert Strohman Elected President Four County Club Two Distinguished Professors Chosen to Receive New Awards Hail to the Champs Smith, L.T. Pearson, E.O. Thurman, A.J. Page, George Craig, Billy Zielke, Larry Straeffer, B

Image of Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

Available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5297">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5297</a> College Heights Foundation Begins Special Appeal Campaign Conway, Sheila. The McChesneys Administrative Reorganization: Regents Confirm Appointments Given, Ed. Jim McDaniels Tells About Life & People on the Other Side of the Globe Armstrong, Don. Dear Alum: You Wouldn't Recognize Freshman Physics Downing, Dero. Charting the Course Boling, Edward. Symbolism & Certainty Page, Tate. The Environment for Man Faculty Awards - Elmer Gray, George Masannat Conway, Sheila. Student Centers on the Hill Homecoming: Western - Spirit of the '70's Structured P

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Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

Available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2338"><b>http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2338</b></a> Western's Graduate College Is On Its Way Evening Class is Thataway The Hilltopper Hundred to the Rescue ETV: Keep Watching - It's All in Color Students Enroll for Internships in State Government Significant Statements at Western Reservoir Research - Good News for Fishermen '71 Home Coming Performing Arts Illuminate the Campus Scene Uncovering the Kentucky of Antiquity - An Archaeological Project Reviving the Heritage of Kentucky: A Project The Intercultural Studies Programs: Helping People Know Each Other Looking for Sociology in Sawdus

Image of Downing, Sanderfur & Cravens - Hughes, Tommy

Downing, Sanderfur & Cravens - Hughes, Tommy

Dero Downing, J.T. Sanderfur and Raymond Cravens, Western Alumnus cover Vol. 40, No. 2, Fall 1971, UA77/1. Issue available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2338">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/2338</a>

Image of Cravens Graduate Center & Library - Scherr, Wayne

Cravens Graduate Center & Library - Scherr, Wayne

Cravens Graduate Center and Library showing bridge and tree.