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These architectural collections appraisers have been recommended to the ARR co-chairs by our members:

Roger Wicker
Turtle Island Book Shop, 3032 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705
Tel: 510.655.3413 / Fax: 510.655.4238

Wilbert Hasbrouck
Gonzalez Hasbrouck Architects, 180 North Wabash, Chicago, IL 60601
Tel: 312.458.1200

New York
Ken Beech
Kenneth L. Beech Appraisals, 305 Lexington Avenue, Apt. 1D, New York, NY 10016
Tel: 212.686.0380

The University of Texas at Austin

Virginia Tech, Digital Library and Archives 

Books, Articles, and Conference Proceedings

The following is a list of references related specifically to architectural records. If you have a citation to contribute, please contact an ARR co-chair to have it added to this web site.

Art Institute of Chicago. Collecting, Archiving and Exhibiting Digital Design Data. 2004.

Bernstein, Phillip G. The Evolution of Design Information. SAA: Chicago, 2007.

Birnbaum, Charles A. and Robin Karson, eds. Pioneers of American Landscape Design. New York: McGraw Hill, c2000.

Blueprints to Bytes: Architectural Records in the Electronic Age. [proceedings] Cambridge, Mass.: Massachusetts Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records, 2000.

Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) has many documents and proceedings records of interest to architectural archivists, including Architectural Records Symposium: Managing and Preserving Design Records. [proceedings] Chicago: July 16-17, 2007.

Daniels, Maygene, Louis Cardinal, Robert Desaulniers, David Peycer, Cecile Souchon and Andre Van Nieuwenhuysen. A Guide to the Archival Care of Architectural Records: 19th-20th Centuries. Paris International Council on Archives, [2000].

Dougherty, Carissa Kowalski. Constructing Sustainability: Implementing a Born-Digital Architecture and Design Archive at the Art Institute of Chicago. SAA: Chicago, 2007.

Gebhard, David and Deborah Nevins. 200 Years of American Architectural Drawing. New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1977. (UC)

Glaser, Mary Todd. "Storage Solutions for Oversized Paper Artifacts," Preservation of Library and Archival Materials: A Manual. Section 4, Leaflet 9. North Andover, MA: Northeast Document Conservation Center, 1999.

Hammill, Michele E. "Washingtoniana II: Conservation of Architectural Drawings at the Library of Congress." Book and Paper Group Annual 12. Washington, DC: Book and Paper Group (BPG) of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, 1993.

King, Ross. Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture. New York: Penguin Books, 2000. (UC)

Kissel, Eléonore and Erin Vigneau. Architectural Photoreproductions: A Manual for Identification. 2nd ed. New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 2009.

Kostof, Spiro, ed. The Architect: Chapters in the History of the Profession. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Lathrop, Alan. "Copyright of Architectural Records: A Legal Perspective." The American Archivist, 49 (Fall 1986), pp. 409-423. (UC)

Lathrop, Alan. "The Provenance and Preservation of Architectural Records." The American Archivist, 43 (1980), pp 25-32. (UC)

Lowell, Waverly and Tawny Ryan Nelb. Architectural Records: Managing Design and Construction Records. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2006.

Massachusetts COPAR. Proceedings of the Symposium on the Appraisal of Architectural Records Held April 26, 1985, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cambridge, MA: Mass COPAR, 1987. (UC)

Meier, Lauren, ed. Historic Landscape Directory: A Source Book of Agencies, Organizations, and Institutions: Providing Information on Historic Landscape Preservation. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Preservation Assistance Division, 1991.

Meier, Lauren and Betsy Chittenden, eds. Preserving Historic Landscapes. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Preservation Assistance Division, 1990.

National Union Index to Architectural Records (NUIAR).  530 page PDF describing holdings in U.S. repositories, 1973-1986.

Porter, Vicki and Robin Thornes. A Guide to the Description of Architectural Drawings. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Trust, 2000.

Price, Lois Olcott. "Line and Shadow: The Role of Ink in American Architectural Drawings Prior to 1860." Book and Paper Group Annual 13. Washington, DC: Book and Paper Group (BPG) of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, 1994.

Ritzenthaler, Mary Lynn. Preservation of Archival Records: Holdings Maintenance at the National Archives. Technical Information Paper Number 6. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1990.

Rosko, Tom. Curating Architectural 3D CAD Models. FACADE: Future-proofing Architectural Computer-Aided Design. Austin, Texas: Society of American Archivists Meeting, Architectural Records Roundtable, August 12, 2009.

Schrock, Nancy Carlson and Mary Campbell Cooper. Records in Architectural Offices: Suggestions for the Organization, Storage and Conservation of Architectural Office Archives. 3rd revised edition. Cambridge, Mass.: Massachusetts Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records, 1992.

Schrock, Nancy Carlson. "Images of New England: Documenting the Built Environment." The American Archivist. 50:4, (Fall 1987).

Shepherd, Kelcy and Waverly Lowell. Standard Series for Architecture and Landscape Design Records: A Tool for the Arrangement and Description of Archival Collections. Berkeley, Calif.: Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley, [2000]. (UC)

Society of American Archivists. The American Archivist: A Special Issue on Architecture. 59:2. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 1996. (UC)  

Cataloging Tools

Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online (AAT)

Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

Encoded Archival Description (EAD)

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)

Thesaurus for Graphic Materials I /Subject Terms

Thesaurus for Graphic Materials II / Genre and Physical Characteristic Terms

Union List of Artist Names Online (ULAN)