Class Visits, Teaching, and Tours

Teaching and Class Visits

Faculty from Columbia University, Barnard College, and outside institutions are welcome to request class visits, archival instruction, and tours to Avery Drawings & Archives.  

Please review our guidelines below, and email class requests to:

UPDATE: We are temporarilty suspending the scheduling of in-person classes due to COVID-19. Email us to discuss remote alternatives.


Class in Avery Drawings & Archives Selection from a class on urbanism and New York City.

We can work with you to prepare single or multiple sessions on a wide range of topics, such as New York City architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, urbanism, architectural visualization, as well as topics customized to your class or tour group.

We can also teach archival research methods in your classroom. Sessions can be tailored to students’ needs, covering topics such as searching for archives, navigating finding aids, and preparing for archival research.

For tour requests from non-academic institutions or organizations, we charge a nominal fee. Please reach out to the department for details.

Bookings fill quickly. Please email us as early as possible, and no later than three weeks in advance.


Class in Avery Drawings & Archives Class from Insitute of Classical Architecture at Avery Drawings & Archives

Class visits or tours can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm. For archival instruction in your classroom, we can often work with your class schedule if it falls outside these hours.

Spaces and capacity
Classes and tours are offered in the Avery Seminar Room or (when possible) in the Drawings & Archives Reading Room. Maximum capacity for both spaces is 25.

We can present on the architects and projects represented in our collections, and discuss broader questions related to archival theory and practice. Instructors must be present to lead discussions that connect the visit to course topics and themes.

Faculty interested in giving class assignments involving materials from our collections are asked to contact us beforehand to discuss options and strategies.

Class in Avery Drawings & Archives Class on ornament and organic architecture for University College London.

Due to the work involved in planning and preparing for class visits, we cannot accommodate sessions that students are not required to attend, such as optional make-up classes.

Materials and handling
Typical selection lists feature 10-20 items. We will work with you to select items and plan their arrangement on the tables. Due to the nature of our collections and to ensure their safety, we typically limit handling of materials during class.

Photographs and permitted items
Photographs may be taken during class and tour visits. Cameras, smartphones, notebooks, sketchbooks, and pencils are permitted. Space will be provided to store all other belongings. Staff will review rules with students before the visit begins.