Guide to the Westminster College Giovale Library building records

Table of Contents

Collection Overview

Collection Inventory+/-

Biographical Note/Historical Note

Content Description

Collection Use

Administrative Information


Collection Overview +/-

Title: Westminster College Giovale Library building records
Dates: 1993-2000 (inclusive)
Collection Number: ACC-105
Summary: This collection consists of the Giovale Library building records dating 1993-2000. Since 1997, the Giovale Library building has housed the college library of Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Repository: Westminster College, Giovale Library
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
Phone: (801) 832-2250

Collection Inventory +/-

box 1, folder 1: Brochures
box 1, folder 2: Building models (photographs)
box 1, folder 3: Building plans
box 1, folder 4: Building program
box 1, folder 5: Citations (architectural recognition)
box 1, folder 6: Construction photographs
box 1, folder 7: Cornerstone placing
box 1, folder 8: Dedication
box 1, folder 9: Digital collections presentation
box 1, folder 10: Goals and objectives
box 1, folder 11: Ground breaking
box 1, folder 12: Honors
box 1, folder 13: Information Commons
box 1, folder 14: Information sheet
box 1, folder 15: Instructional materials collection
box 1, folder 16: Newspaper clippings
box 1, folder 17: Planning brochures
box 1, folder 18: Procedures manual
box 1, folder 19: Statistics
box 1, folder 20: Workshops
box 1, folder 21: Work study
box 1, folder 22: Writing Center
box 2, folder 1: Design development drawings (Oversized)

Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-

Westminster College libraries through the years:

Converse Hall, completed in 1907 housed the college library from 1911 until the March 12, 1926 fire, which destroyed much of the college's classroom and office space as well as its 14,000-volume library, regarded at the time as one of the finest private collections in the American West.

F. R. Payne, then president of the Board of Trustees, raised $50,000 for the rebuilding of Converse Hall in just one week. Ultimately, $300,000 (over 2 million in 2006 dollars) was raised, allowing for the complete rebuilding of Converse Hall within its original walls. The newly reconstructed Converse Hall was open for classes by September 1926. Converse Hall stood relatively unscathed until the mid-sixties when the ivy covering its facade started pulling out bricks and causing extreme damage. While temporary measures were taken to maintain the building, the library moved to a new location. Eventually in 1988 extensive restoration of Converse Hall began.

The Nightingale Building, or just "Night" as it's more popularly known, housed the campus library from 1964-1997. Dedicated as Nightingale Memorial Library on December 7, 1964, during President W. Fred Arbogast's term (1963 to 1968), it was named to honor William T. Nightingale, late trustee, for his service to Westminster College and its community. Since the construction of the Giovale Library, Nightingale has been renovated twice. The building was rededicated for the 2012/2013 school year as "The Bassis Center for Student Learning", named after Dr. Michael Bassis, the college's 16th president, in honor of his intense focus on student learning. The new facility includes the college's first-ever indoor student commons, a full-service coffee shop, an architectural skylight, fireplace and solar light gathering tubes that bring in natural light. The center is also home to the Center for Civic Engagement, Environmental Center, Westminster Scholars Program, photography labs and a new state-of-the-art eportfolio lab.

Giovale Library building was completed in 1997. Funded primarily by John and Ginger Giovale (former Chair of the Board of Trustees), it was dedicated September 12, 1997, and provides 47,000 square feet on 3 levels to house computer labs, a writing center, information commons and a small coffee area, in addition to the Watson Board Room, conference rooms, and reception and exhibit space in the Tower Reading Room as well as the Information Technology and Faculty Technology Center offices. As part of the opening ceremonies, books were handed down a line of students, staff and faculty from the old Nightingale Library to Giovale.

Content Description +/-

This collection consists of the Giovale Library building records dating 1993-2000. Since 1997, the Giovale Library building has housed the college library of Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. Materials include brochures, building plans, flyers, handbooks, information sheets, manuals, newspaper clippings, photographs, and presentations related to the planning, construction, dedication, and operations of the Giovale Library. Planning for the Giovale Library started in 1993, and construction began in 1996. The structure was completed in 1997 and dedicated in September of that year.

Collection Use +/-

Restrictions on Access:

Open to public research.

Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Twenty-four hours advance notice is encouraged.

Restrictions on Use:

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material must be obtained from the director of the Giovale Library.

Preferred Citation:

Westminster College Library building records, 1993-2000, ACC-105, Giovale Library Archives, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Administrative Information +/-


Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Processing Note:

Processed March 2009 by Rebekah Sappington.


Westminster College of Salt Lake City. Library

Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1998- ). Library


Collection materials are in English.


0.5 linear feet

Language of the Finding Aid:


Author of the Finding Aid:

Finding aid written March 2009 by Rebekah Sappington.

EAD Creation Date:

2013 November 26 by Sarah Shaw


Describing Archives : A Content Standard (DACS)



Related Material:

Related collections and photographs in Giovale Library Archives:

The College of Architecture and Planning, University of Utah holds several photographs of the Giovale Library building at Westminster College:

Subjects +/-

Corporate Names:

Westminster College of Salt Lake City--Libraries
Westminster College of Salt Lake City. Library--Archives
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1998-)--Libraries
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1998-). Library--Archives

Subject Terms:

Academic libraries--Utah--Salt Lake City
Library buildings--Utah--Salt Lake City--Design and construction

Form or Genre Terms:

Building plans
Clippings (information artifacts)
Fliers (printed matter)
Information artifacts
Manuals (instructional materials)
Presentations (communicative events)

Geographical Names:

Salt Lake City (Utah)--History--Sources