Avery Drawings & Archives

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

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.

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

TEACHING AND CLASS VISITS

Faculty from Columbia University, Barnard College, and outside institutions are welcome to request class visits to the archive or request an in-class tutorial from an archivist or curator.
 

Imaging

IMAGING

Avery Library offers digital imaging services for research, teaching, publication, and exhibition of materials in our collections.