Blueprints, drawings, and historical photographs of UM buildings are important components of the University Archives. The collection has been developed in close coordination with the University's Campus Planning and Development office of the Real Estate and Facilities.
The digital examples shown here were created by Architect Phineas Paist and Artist Denman Fink. They were the original proposals for a new university in Coral Gables, an initiative of George Merrick in 1926. Click on the images to discover details of the academic departments and administrative programs imagined for the university. These designs have been previously published, but the blueprints now have been digitized for the first time to facilitate wider consultation.
Over the past year, the University Archives has compiled a comprehensive inventory list (finding aid) of our architectural holdings. The items in the collection are identified by building name, architect, location, types of materials, and date. Materials range in date from the earliest days of the University in the 1920s to current day materials. The collection can be consulted at the Special Collections Reading Room, which is located on the 8th Floor of the Otto G. Richter Library.