Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library - Collection


Avery Library's collection in architecture literature is among the largest in the world and includes such highlights as the first Western printed book on architecture, De re aedificatoria (1485), by Leone Battista Alberti; Francesco Colonna's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499); works by Giovanni Battista Piranesi; and classics of modernism by Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, with the rarest materials held the library's Classics (Rare Book) Department. In September 2012, it was announced that Avery, in partnership with the Museum of Modern Art, had acquired the entire archive of Frank Lloyd Wright.

In addition, Avery's Department of Drawings & Archives is among the largest and most significant architectural archives in the world. Its holdings include more than one and a half million architectural drawings, photographs, manuscripts, business records, audio-visual recordings, and other related materials, primarily documenting the architectural history New York City and the surrounding region, with significant and wide-ranging examples of American and international architecture relating to the work of New York-based architects and alumni of Columbia's School of Architecture.

Among the notable architects and designers represented in the collection are:

  • Max Abramovitz
  • Peter Blake
  • Oscar Bluemner
  • Gordon Bunshaft
  • Walker O. Cain
  • Félix Candela
  • Carrère and Hastings
  • Giorgio Cavaglieri
  • Serge Chermayeff
  • Ogden Codman, Jr.
  • Harvey Wiley Corbett
  • Le Corbusier
  • Ralph Adams Cram
  • Alexander Jackson Davis
  • Delano & Aldrich
  • Leopold Eidlitz
  • Wilson Eyre
  • Abe Feder
  • Fellheimer & Wagner
  • Ernest Flagg
  • Hugh Ferriss
  • Greene and Greene
  • Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin
  • Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue
  • Percival Goodman
  • Ferdinand Gottlieb
  • Hector Guimard
  • Charles Coolidge Haight
  • Talbot F. Hamlin
  • Wallace K. Harrison
  • Herts & Tallant
  • Raymond Hood
  • Robert Allan Jacobs
  • Norman Jaffe
  • John MacLane Johansen
  • Philip Johnson
  • Ely Jacques Kahn
  • Charles R. Lamb
  • Thomas W. Lamb
  • Morris Lapidus
  • Lee Lawrie
  • Frances Henry Lenygon and Jeannette Becker Lenygon
  • Jac Lessman
  • Detlef Lienau
  • Harold Van Buren Magonigle
  • McKim, Mead, and White
  • John J. McNamara
  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • Mayers, Murray & Phillip
  • Hermann Muthesius
  • Paul Nelson
  • Richard Neutra
  • Carl Pfeiffer
  • Charles A. Platt
  • John Russell Pope
  • Rambusch Company/Rambusch Studios
  • James Renwick, Jr.
  • James Gamble Rogers
  • Emery Roth/Emery Roth & Sons
  • Walter Sobotka
  • John Calvin Stevens
  • Gustav Stickley
  • Russell Sturgis
  • Louis Sullivan
  • Martin E. Thompson
  • Bernard Tschumi
  • Richard Upjohn
  • Isaac Ware
  • Warren & Wetmore
  • Stanford White
  • Frederick Clarke Withers
  • Shadrach Woods
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • York and Sawyer

The Archives also holds the records of the Empire State Building, Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company, the New York Architectural Terra-Cotta Co., and Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York, as well as papers of artist and writer Kenyon Cox, journalist Douglas Haskell, who was editor of Architectural Forum, and drawings by mural and stained glass artist John LaFarge. The department also has major archives of architectural photography, including works by C. D. Arnold, George Cserna, Samuel H. Gottscho, and Joseph W. Molitor. Lastly, the department holds Antonio Lafreri’s "Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae".

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