The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Artstor announced today that the Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project (HCAP) – the first national architecture and landscape database of independent college and university campuses – is now available for teaching and study through Artstor, a nonprofit library that currently serves over 950 educational and other nonprofit institutions in the US and abroad.

HCAP includes over 4,000 images of 2,100 places of historical significance, as well as extensive information about buildings, landscapes, campus plans, and heritage sites of American higher education. Nearly 400 institutions have participated in the project.

HCAP is the outgrowth of increasing interest in campus history by many sectors of the educational community. Academic institutions are working to understand more completely their physical environments and how these environments relate to their educational mission, as well as wider historical trends. More information, including lists of participating institutions and sites documented, can be found on the HCAP website.

In announcing this collaboration, Richard Ekman, President of CIC, stated, “Offering HCAP materials through Artstor’s Digital Library is a perfect fit, enabling campus planners, admissions and marketing officials, those thinking about new buildings, renovations, and historic preservation, and others in the Artstor community to study this unique campus collection in the context of other architectural works. This partnership will amplify the project’s growing visibility and success, while continually exposing new audiences to the historical wealth contained in our nation’s independent college and university campuses.” James Shulman, Executive Director of Artstor, added, “We have admired the campus architecture project ever since CIC took on this ambitious project. Now, we couldn’t be more excited that we have been able to collaborate and integrate this rich survey of campus architecture into the Artstor Library. It is an enormous contribution not only for those who are interested in the architectural evolution of the US campus landscape, but for historians, sociologists, and other observers of higher education in this country as well. Integrating the collection with the 725,000 images in Artstor makes both collections stronger. Our collaboration with CIC as an organization and with the nearly 600 colleges that work together with CIC on the issues affecting small colleges represents just the sort of meeting of networks that is needed to enable the creation of ever more rich and useful shared resources.”

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of nearly 600 independent liberal arts colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that work together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain high-quality education, and enhance private higher education’s contributions to society.

To locate these images in the Artstor Digital Library, you may browse to view all the images included in this collection. From the welcome page, click on “Artstor Collections” then choose “Historic Campus Architecture Collection (Council of Independent Colleges)” from the resulting list.