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  WHY: The purpose of the Paul Rudolph Web Site is to produce a comprehensive reference resource on this famous man and his architecture with an emphasis on SMTI / UMass Dartmouth. The campus is an architectural treasure that is now historically significant. Much has been written on Rudolph and the campus over the years. This web site will be a unique central resource for the variety of available materials which will have long term research value on campus and beyond. The site will have two major components: A comprehensive bibliography of the works, writings and life of the architect; Supporting images, documents and media. THE TECHNICAL SIDE: The site also serves as a pilot project to explore the use of the open source Drupal content management system (http://drupal.org/ ) as tool for presenting and managing digital collections. Additional Drupal modules used on the project include a modified “Biblio” bibliography module (2 instances) and a blog module for the site “news” section. The “Biblio” module was developed by Ronald Jerome and can be found here: http://drupal.org/project/biblio. To download or for more information about this module and its features go to: http://drupal.org/node/111016. Yueqing Chen is the technical lead on the site development and you can contact her with your technical questions and suggestions. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: I am responsible for compiling, editing and annotating the web site, Paul Rudolph and His Architecture. Having been directly associated with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (formerly SMTI and Southeastern Massachusetts University) since 1969 as a history major, since 1980 as a librarian and a lifelong area resident, I am intimately aware of the school’s development. The campus architecture has always been a source of distinction for me. In 2003 and 2004, I became aware that the small, tiered classrooms in the Group 1 building were being filled in to one level. I began to consider ways to visually document the campus as it was originally constructed. The campus was also reaching an age where it should be recognized as an historic structure. A symposium, a sabbatical leave and considerable research led to a web site which not only covers UMass Dartmouth but considers all aspects of Rudolph’s life and work. I want to acknowledge the help of many people at The Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth. The library PhotoGraphics Department (Manny Pereira, Dee Confar, Justin Maucione and Heather Tripp) for their expertise in processing of photographs and images taken or acquired by myself in support of the research. They also supplied many of the photographs of the UMD campus. Heather also videotaped and edited the April, 2005 symposium on Rudolph that I organized for the Chancellor’s Breaking New Ground initiative as well as the June, 2006 interview with former Rudolph associate, William Grindereng. Judy Farrar, Librarian/Archivist provided a wealth of background material, particularly the vital statistics on campus buildings. Chris Aguiar ferreted out countless articles for me through interlibrary loan. Charlie McNeil, Yueqing Chen, and Keith Blanchard designed and constructed the web site and continue to make important modifications and improvements. Susanne Andrews and Joanne Garfield provided editorial, research and proofreading aid. Susanne has also contributed photographs of some of the Florida projects. Grattan Gill, Lasse Antonsen, Tim Rohan and William Grindereng have provided invaluable insights into their personal and professional relationship with the architect and his work. In addition to the resources at UMass Dartmouth, I want to note a particular debt of gratitude to the Architecture Library at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. The library had an outstanding collection for my needs and was very accommodating. Thanks also go to the Library of Congress, keepers of the Paul Rudolph Archive, the massive legacy left by the architect. I have freely borrowed from their online collection of drawings to augment the collection of images. 



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