On May 3, 1937, a new library opened at the University of Oregon, and on October 23, 1937, the building was formally dedicated. The building is a monument to the Depression Era public works programs which financed its construction and remains one of Oregon's best examples of integrated art and architecture.
This guide provides a foundation of historical information for the additional study and contemplation of the historic building and its art.
"Altogether, the feeling is that the University received a good deal for the money invested; much pride and satisfaction is being taken in it."
-- Matthew Hale Douglass, Librarian, The University of Oregon Library Building, 1937
This guide was created by Edward H. Teague. Its goal is to provide foundational information for the understanding of the historic art of Knight Library. Assistance from the staff of the Special Collections and University Archives department of the UO Libraries is especially appreciated in the development of the guide. The creation of the guide is included in the scope of the UO Libraries' Knight Library Public Art Task Force appointed by Dean Adriene Lim. The 2017 membership of the task force was Edward H. Teague (chair), David de Lorenzo, Sara DeWaay, Barbara Jenkins, Azle Malinao-Alarez, Terry P. McQuilkin, and David R. Woken. The 2018 membership consisted of Sara DeWaay, Amanda Garcia, Danielle Knapp, Hana Chan, Doug Blandy, Jennifer O'Neill, Abha Joshi, Rafael Lopez, Francesca Smith, and Edward H. Teague (chair). Unless otherwise identified, images were provided by Edward Teague.