Avery Drawings & Archives

SERVICE ALERT: Due to current priorities and staffing levels, Avery Drawings & Archives is currently only able to offer appointments and reference support for Columbia University affiliates. Remote reference services will be restored to non-affiliates starting on September 1, 2021. Appointments for non-affiliates will begin in October 2021. For more information, please read updates to our services here.

Avery Drawings & Archives

Avery Library’s Drawings & Archives department collects drawings, photographs, and architectural records documenting architecture and design practices. Our 900+ collections focus largely on American and New York City architecture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Major architects represented include Louis Sullivan, Guastavino Company, Ely Jacques Kahn, Emery Roth, Hugh Ferriss, Philip Johnson, Gordon Bunshaft, Max Bond, Felix Candela, and Harrison & Abramovitz. Our largest collection is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives. Jointly acquired with The Museum of Modern Art in 2012, it is one of the most comprehensive archives of an American architect.


Research

RESEARCH AND APPOINTMENTS

Due to COVID-19, research appointments are restricted to Columbia University affiliates (currently limited to faculty and students) and require advance notice. Please contact Avery Drawings & Archives for more information.

Collections

COLLECTIONS

Our collections include architectural drawings, photographic materials, project and building files, business records, correspondence, and faculty and personal papers. Browse our list of collections, generally arranged by architect or firm name.

Classes

CLASS VISITS, TEACHING, AND TOURS

We are temporarily suspending the scheduling of in-person Fall 2020 classes and tours due to COVID-19. Email us to discuss remote alternatives, including archival research instruction for your students.

Imaging

IMAGING

Avery's Digital Imaging Studio is currently closed for new photography as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  Click here for updates.