The development of the campus and the history of its buildings is a subject of perennial interest. University Archives has a variety of resources to satisfy the merely curious or assist the architectural historian. Indexes and brief synopses have been prepared for each building on campus. Limited information may also be found online in the Campus Buildings Directory.
Thousands of photographs trace the changes in the buildings’ exteriors and interiors, as well as their surroundings. A small portion of the photographs may be found in the KU Libraries' Luna Insight Collections. Official correspondence can document the planning, funding, and even controversies surrounding these buildings (for example, the razing of Old Fraser Hall).
Blueprints are available for many structures, including some no longer in existence. Individuals must obtain written permission from the Custodian of Public Records (email@example.com) to see the blueprints for existing buildings.