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Biographical Sources

Contemporary architects
Print Location: Art Ref. NA 680 .C625 1994b & Art NA 680.C6255 1987
OBIS record
o   20th c. architects
o   Most buildings are in the USA
o   Chronological list of works
o   Writings by and about the architect
o   Usually a statement by or interview excerpt

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects
Print Location: Art Ref. NA 40 .M25 1982 vols. 1-4
OBIS record
o   Standard architectural history resource
o   2,400 architects, planners, engineers, designers, landscape architects, & firms


Architectural Publications Index (API) Royal Institute of British Architects.
Indexes architectural periodicals received by the Library of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); emphasis on architectural practice, preservation, adaptive reuse, planning. Strong on publications from the U.K. and Commonwealth countries.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals Restricted Resource
Indexes architecture and related fields, from pre-historical to contemporary practice in 2,500+ international Journals. 1930s-date, with some titles indexed from 19th century. 


Elements of Style: an encyclopedia of domestic architectural detail
Print Location: Art Ref. NA 2850 .E44 2012
Interior architectural details, from 1485 to the present 
Arranged by period ("Tudor and Jacobean", "Beyond Modern", etc.) Previous editions are also available in the regular shelving under these 
call numbers:
       NA 2850.E44 1996
NA 2850.E44 1991

Encyclopedia of 20th Century Architecture
Print Location: Art Ref. NA 680 .E495 2004 vols. 1-3
OBIS record
Covers people, places and architecture terms:
o  Individual architects, firms, critics and architectural historians
o   Cities, countries, and regions as well as specific buildings and sites
o   Buildings types, materials, stylistic and theoretical terms, movements

Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of The World
Print Location: Art Ref. NA 208.E53 1997 vols.1-3
o  Worldwide survey of vernacular architecture
o   Covers vernacular, indigenous, tribal, folk, peasant, & traditional architecture
o   Line drawings, photographs & some architectural plans 

Grove Art Online Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Most comprehensive art encyclopedia available in English; useful for scholarly overviews and excellent bibliographies. 
note: Part of Oxford Art Online, a suite of four art encyclopedias
Routledge encyclopedia of modernism Some full text available Resource contains images
Interdisciplinary review of the Modernist period covering Literature, Architecture, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Film, and Intellectual Currents. 
Visual Dictionary of Architecture
Print Location: Art Ref. NA 31 .C44 1995 Resource contains images
OBIS record
65 basic concepts (such as brick, church, history, joinery, moisture control, membrane, window, etc.) with detailed illustrations 


Architecture in Detail Series
Print Location: search OBIS for the title "architecture in detail (london, england)"

Key Buildings of the Twentieth Century: Plans, Sections, and Elevations
Print Location: Art NA 2705 .W44 2004 (Book & CD-ROM)
OBIS record

Primary Sources

Texts & Documents.
Print Location: Art Library: call numbers vary
Series published by the Getty Research Institute of important primary sources with critical introductions focused on 19th and 20th c. art and architecture.  Browse records in this series
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OBIS: Useful subject headings
Search your architect or building as a keyword,
    keyword: frank gehry
    keyword: skidmore owings and merrill
To narrow results:
    Limit to Location = Art Library
    Limit to Language = English 
For drawings, photos and images of architecture:
    keyword:  designs and plans and [your building]
    keyword:  pictorial works and [your building]
For drawings, photos and images of works by architects, use the same keywords and the architect's name:
    keyword:  designs and plans and [your architect]
    keyword:  pictorial works and [your architect]

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