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Name Helm-Cravens Library (WKU)
Details Other Names - Health & Physical Education Building
Date Built - 1931
Dedication of Helm Library - Oct. 14, 1967
Cost of Construction - $250,000
Architects - Brinton Davis, Wilk & Arrasmith, Bowling Green

Namesake:
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]

History:
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.

Additions/Renovations:
1965 - renovation and conversion to a library, estimated $1 million

College Heights Herald:

1963 Dec. 7, p. 12 - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/
1964 Jan. 13, p. 7; Jan. 15, p. 1
1966 Feb. 17, p. 9; Oct. 20, p. 3
1967 Oct. 5, p. 7; Nov. 16, p. 1
1971 Feb. 5, p. 1
1990 April 3, p. 2
1992 Sep. 22, p. 1; Oct. 20, p. 17; Oct. 29, p. 9
1994 Feb. 8, p. 11

Bishop, Zilla. "Helm Library Meets Students' Needs," Sept. 30, 1965.

Johnson, Dan. "End of an Era Begun in 'Big Red Barn'," Dec. 5, 1962.

"General Information on Seating at the Western Gymnasium," Jan. 17, 1947.

Jennings, Ed. "Old Red Barn Was Once 'House of Basketball'," Oct. 16, 1971.

Kerr, Janice. "Red Barn Becomes Study Center," Oct. 14, 1967.

"Library and Pavilion Named for Miss Helm, Taylor," Jan. 13, 1965.

"Library to Re-Open Today Despite Mess," Jan. 27, 1994.

Walters, Sandra. "Carpeted Jump Circle in Library Commemorates Former Gymnasium," Jan. 12, 1967.

Students Weekly - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/
"Hilltoppers to Play First Home Game Sat. Night," Jan. 14, 1937.

"Western Fans May 'Reserve Seats'," Jan. 14, 1937.

Park City Daily News:
"$1,015,000 Low Bid on Library," July 1, 1964.

Borrone, Bert. "It Says Here," Jan. 6, 1956.

Hunter, Wales. "Doing It By the Book," photo, April 16, 1995.

McLean, Mattie. "College Tops Hill Where Old Fort Once Stood," 1931

"Renovations Will Close Helm-Cravens Library," Dec. 7, 1995.

"The Last Hurrah for a Grand Tradition," Dec. 6, 1963.

"Western College Officials Find House Moving Simple in Comparison to Relocating Library," Aug. 1, 1965.

"WSC to Rebuild Old Gym Into Library," Jan. 12, 1964.

Louisville Courier-Journal:
Duncan, Tom. "Western Tripling Library Space," Jan. 12, 1964.

Louisville Kentucky Times:
"A Promising Project," Feb. 9, 1931

Documents & Primary Sources:
UA1F Articles on Western Buildings - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/1827/

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

1930 - April 4, Sept. 5, Nov. 28
1964 - Dec. 23
2000 - August 3

UA3/3 Kelly Thompson Papers

UA3/3/1 Correspondence / Subject File - inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/106/
UA3/3/4 Construction File - inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/103/

UA11 University Relations

UA11/3 Building & Construction File

UA12/2/2/2 1977 Talisman - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/399/

UA30/1 Planning, Design & Construction

UA30/1/1 Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/81/
UA30/1/2 - Building File - inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/58/

UA36I/20 Margie Helm Personal Papers - inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/21/

UA51/3/3 Library Special Collections Publications

Historic Architecture at Western Kentucky University - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/1786/
Walk Talk - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/1785/
Archives Entries 39
Library Entries 0
Object Entries 1
Photograph Entries 175

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 UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings Subseries 38. Helm Library - WKU Archives

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings Subseries 38. Helm Library - WKU Archives

Images of Helm Library. The building was originally constructed and used as the Physical Education building 1931-1964. All images are in this series.

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.

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Series 2. Building File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 2. Building File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

Records created during the construction and renovation of buildings at WKU.

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UA3 President's Office Series 3. Kelly Thompson Subseries 4. Construction File - WKU President's Office - Thompson

Construction file regarding construction of new buildings, renovation of existing buildings and bond issues during Kelly Thompson's tenure as WKU President.

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UA1B University Wide Committees/Events 1. Events 7. Ceremonies, Dedications, Groundbreakings - Western Kentucky University

Records regarding special ceremonies, dedications, groundbreakings not already housed in a particular office.

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Series 3. Capital Construction Disbursements & Receipts File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 3. Capital Construction Disbursements & Receipts File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

This series documents the disbursement of funds for capital construction projects at WKU. As defined by KRS 7A.010 (1), capital project means (a) any undertaking which is to be financed or funded through an appropriation by the General Assembly of general fund, road fund, bond fund, trust and agency fund, or federal funds; (b) any undertaking which is to be financed by a capital expenditure for use by state government or one of its departments or agencies; (c) any capital construction item, or combination of items necessary to make a building or utility installation complete, estimated to cost $600,000 or more, or any item of movable equipment estimated to cost $200,000 or more, regardless o

Image of UA1B2/1/8 Owen Lawson Oral History Interview Part I - Western Kentucky University

UA1B2/1/8 Owen Lawson Oral History Interview Part I - Western Kentucky University

Interview conducted by Paul Trafton with Owen Lawson former WKU Physical Plant director.

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

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections. Subseries 70. Talisman Collection - Talisman

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections. Subseries 70. Talisman Collection - Talisman

Transparencies created by Talisman photographers for publication in the yearbook.

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

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