Camiros Makes Significant Donation
The Chicago-based planning firm of Camiros, Ltd. donated nearly 1,400 planning documents published from the 1970s through the 2000s to the Funk Library, which contains the City Planning and Landscape Architecture collection at the University of Illinois. The generous donation will add significantly to the depth of our historic planning collection and will make an invaluable contribution to material for scholarship in urban and regional planning.
The Chicago-based Camiros was founded in 1976, and has served public and private clients across the nation. With a mission to create more livable communities, the firm has provided planning services to over 300 communities and over 200 businesses. The firm’s substantial library included a broad range of topics including citizen participation, urban design, corridor planning, and land and site planning, and it included materials on both planning practice and theory. In addition to serving as a repository of its own work, the Camiros library served as a research tool for the firm’s consultants and its clients.
With the internet supplanting the print library, the firm decided to donate its collection to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We thank Camiros President William R. James, and Co-Founders Leslie S. Pollock, MUP ‘68 and Jacques A. Gourguechon who initiated the gift, for choosing the University of Illinois. Professor and Department Head Rob Olshansky noted, “Camiros is one of a small number of eminent, longstanding planning firms in Chicago. We greatly appreciate the donation of this unique collection of historic documents, as they record the evolution of thinking in our field.”