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.
All researchers are welcome to access our collections; a Columbia affiliation is not required. We are open by appointment Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 4:30 pm.
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.
Faculty from Columbia University, Barnard College, and outside institutions are welcome to request class visits or tours to the archive, or request an in-class tutorial from an archivist or curator.