Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

What is the Avery Index?

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The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals has been lauded as the single most important bibliographical research tool available worldwide for research in architecture, urban design, historic preservation, urban planning, interior design, and landscape architecture.

A comprehensive guide to the current literature of architecture and design, the Avery Index surveys more than 400 current print and e-journal titles, in addition to coverage of over 1,000 retrospective periodical titles, and provides citations to over 585,000 articles.  An obituary index of architects and the retrospective Burnham Index to Architectural Literature (1919-1934), created by the Art Institute of Chicago, are also incorporated into the Avery Index.

How current is the Avery Index and how far back does it go?

The Avery index is updated weekly. It has records dating back to 1745.

Are any of the articles available online full-text, including the images?

Current Columbia students, faculty, and staff, while on campus or off site, may search the Avery Index through the Columbia University Libraries’ homepage. It is located under “E-Resources/Databases.”

Some magazines are available both in print in Avery Library and online as e-journals. A few are only in electronic form. Articles cited in the Avery Index which have full text in e-journals can be accessed directly using the e-Link feature:


The e-Link feature also provides a connection from the Avery Index to CLIO, the Columbia University catalog, providing a method of lookup of the journal’s call number.  Journal call numbers, holdings, and locations can also be located by searching in CLIO under “journal title.”

Why is the Avery Index an essential resource for researching architecture?

The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals is the best place to go to find articles about:





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