Find Built Environment Records

There are many repositories for records documenting the built environment. The list below includes major archives across the United States that focus primarily on the collection and preservation of architectural, engineering, landscape architecture, and construction records. If you would like to have your repository added to this list, please contact a DRS co-chair. 

Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas at Austin

Art, Design & Architecture Museum,University of California, Santa Barbara

Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania

Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson & Burnham Archives

Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Avery Library, Drawings and Archives Collection, Columbia University

California Architectural Archives, California Polytechnic State University

Canadian Centre for Architecture

Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives

Center for Architecture, Design, and Engineering, Library of Congress

Drawings + Documents Archive, Ball State University

Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site and the Olmsted Research Guide Online

Getty Research Institute Architecture and Design Archives 

Harvard University Graduate School of Design Special Collections 

Houston Metropolitan Research Center 

International Archive of Women in Architecture, Virginia Tech

North Carolina State University Libraries, Special Collections Research Center: Built Environment

Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota

Southeastern Architectural Archive, Tulane University

State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center-Kansas City -- Built Environment Collection

There are a few sites that provide compiled lists of repositories or archives that have substantial architectural records collections.

Via repositories:

UNESCO provides an international scope.

Carnegie Mellon University provides a good listing for North America, primarily U.S.

Via archival reference services:

ArchiveGrid is a subscription database that allows patrons to search library, museum, and archival collections.

Archive Finder is a subscription directory that describes over 220,000 collections of primary source material housed in thousands of repositories across the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Subscribers can read descriptions of materials held by archives to determine whether further research is necessary.