“The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) promotes the study, interpretation, and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes, and urbanism worldwide for the benefit of all. SAH serves a network of local, national, and international institutions and individuals who, by vocation or avocation, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life.” Check their Digital Resources page.
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Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
“…a comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture since 1934, covering the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation and interior design and decoration.”
Indexes articles on medieval subjects in journals, Festschriften, conference proceedings, and collected essays. Covers all aspects of medieval studies within the period 450 to 1500 for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Citations classified by date, subject and location.
Architecture in Literature and Film
Architecture and Film (ebook)
Edited by Mark Lamster. New York : Princeton Architectural Press, c2000.
Mugar Library PN1995.9.A695 A73 2000
THE WORLD ATLAS OF ARCHITECTURE, translation of Le Grand Atlas de l’Architecture Mondiale (1981), partly based on Great Architecture of the World, by Mitchell Beazley (1975).
Western architecture organized by art historical period, then geographically. Separate section on non-Western architecture. Many photographs and drawings in color.
XNA200 W67 1984
Boston University Programs
Faculty, program, courses, resources.
Faculty, resources, newsletter, grants, Art Gallery, events.
AVERY OBITUARY INDEX OF ARCHITECTS AND ARTISTS, 1963; and 2d ed 1980.
Newspapers and journals. Mainly American and English, 19th and 20th centuries. Obituaries of artists included until 1960 are not in the 2nd edition.
BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS 1600-1840, 3rd ed, by Howard Colvin.
Essays followed by list of works in chronological order.
XNA996 C6 1995
A general index for finding information about people in articles, books, and directories.
BRITISH ARCHITECTURAL BOOKS AND WRITERS, 1556-1785, by Eileen Harris.
Arranged by book types, e.g., on the orders, carpenters’ manuals, architectural engraving.
XNA965 H37 1990
CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTS, ed. Ann Morgan.
International. Arranged by architect (planner, engineer). Each entry includes biographical data; chronological list of works; publications by and about; brief description of style and noteworthy works; photographs of representative works. Some information and illustrations not repeated from earlier editions: 1st ed (1980) includes a number of pre-WWII architects; 2nd ed (1987).
XNA680 C625 1994
DIRECTORY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS 1834-1900, compiled by Alison Felstead.
Royal Institute of British Architects. Brief entries with publications, references, locations of unpublished material. Excludes lists of buildings.
XNA967 D57 1993
MACMILLAN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ARCHITECTS, 4 vols (A-Z), ed. Adolf Placzek.
From antiquity to birth dates by Dec. 31, 1930. Includes engineers, bridge builders, landscape architects, town planners. Each entry includes text, list of works, and bibliography. Building photographs, drawings, plans. Special features: list of published biographies (books); chronological table of contents from Imhotep (2635 B.C.) to Tigerman (1930 -); glossary of terms; index of buildings by commonly known names.
XNA40 M25 1982
MAKERS OF 20TH CENTURY MODERN ARCHITECTURE: A BIO-CRITICAL SOURCEBOOK, by Donald Johnson.
Brief biographical entries. Bibliographical headings include writings, biographical, assessment, bibliographical, and archival. Name and place indexes.
XNA680 J628 1997
WHO’S WHO IN ARCHITECTURE FROM 1400 TO THE PRESENT, ed. James Richards.
Europe, Americas, British Commonwealth, Japan. Building photographs.
XNA40 W48 1977
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
ARCHITECTURE IN THE ENCYCLOPEDIE OF DIDEROT AND D’ALEMBERT. THE LETTERPRESS ARTICLES AND SELECTED ENGRAVINGS, by Terence Russell.
Architectural material extracted from all 35 volumes.
XNA2515 R87 1993
ARCHITECTURE OF EUROPE, 4 vols, by Doreen Yarwood.
Coverage includes eastern and northern Europe with supplementary material on Turkey from 3000 BC through the 20th century. Well-illustrated with photographs and drawings. References limited to a list of books for further reading.
XNA950 Y37 1992
BUILDINGS AND BUILDERS: AN ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY, by Nancy Salzman.
Descriptive guide presented in five walking tours. Includes annotated index of architects.
XLD514 S34 1985
CHRONOLOGY OF WESTERN ARCHITECTURE, by Doreen Yarwood.
From 2000 B.C. to present; Europe and North America. Brief discussion of major trends, list of contemporary events and persons, index, glossary.
XNA200 Y37 1987
CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE: AN INTRODUCTION TO ITS VOCABULARY AND ESSENTIALS, WITH A SELECT GLOSSARY OF TERMS, by James Curl.
From antiquity through Neoclassicism and “after”.
XNA260 C87 1992
COMPANION TO CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURAL THOUGHT, ed. Ben Farmer.
Thematic arrangement, e.g., Responses, Influences, Elements and Attributes, etc., of “individual essays written from different viewpoints”. For a similar treatment, see also: THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE: CONCEPTS, THEMES & PRACTICES, by Paul-Alan Johnson (XNA 2500 J65 1994).
XNA2599 C66 1993
CONTEMPORARY MASTERWORKS, ed. Colin Naylor.
Photographs, essays, bibliographies, and sometimes plans of about 100 buildings.
XN6490 C65675 1991
DICTIONARY OF ARCHITECTURE, rev, by Nikolaus Pevsner.
Ancient to modern. Styles, periods, details, techniques, architects. Illustrated.
XNA31 P4 1976M
DICTIONARY OF ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE, by Andrew Petersen.
Vernacular as well as major monumental. Includes Middle East, North Africa, South-East Asia, India, East and West Africa.
XNA380 P46 1996
DICTIONNAIRE METHODIQUE DE L’ARCHITECTURE GRECQUE ET ROMAINE, by Rene Ginouves.
Architectural elements. In French with separate indexes in German, Italian, English, ancient and modern Greek, and Latin.
XNA260 G56 1985
DIZIONARIO ENCICLOPEDICO DI ARCHITECTTURA E URBANISTICA, ed. Paolo Portoghesi, 6 vols., 1968.
Comprehensive, international, from antiquity to the 1960’s. Drawings, photos, references. Includes biographies, building types, history, topography, geography, and ethnic groups.
ELSEVIER’S DICTIONARY OF ARCHITECTURE IN FIVE LANGUAGES: ENGLISH, FRENCH, SPANISH, GERMAN, AND DUTCH, comp. J.-P. Vandenberghe.
Architectural design terms arranged alphabetically in English with corresponding words in the other four languages. Separate cross-referencing lists for French, Spanish, German, and Dutch. No definitions.
XNA31 E56 1988
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ARCHITECTURAL TERMS, by James Curl.
Brief definitions of basic architectural elements. Illustrated.
XNA31 C87 1993
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ARCHITECTURE: DESIGN, ENGINEERING, AND CONSTRUCTION, ed. Joseph Wilkes, 5 vols., 1988-1990.
Comprehensive, e.g., architects, copper, hazardous materials, guimard. Vol. 5 indexes all volumes. Bibliographies.
XNA31 E59 1988
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF 20TH-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE, ed. R. Stephen Sennott, 3 vols.
International. Includes biographies, national developments, movements, groups, stylistic trends. Illustrated. Entries include bibliographies for further reading.
XNA680 E495 2004
FENG SHUI. ENVIRONMENTS OF POWER. A STUDY OF CHINESE ARCHITECTURE, by Evelyn Lip.
Chapters on traditional characteristics, Beijing, Kanyu of the Gugong, temples, landscape gardens.
XNA1540 L544 1995
GLOSSARY OF ART, ARCHITECTURE, AND DESIGN SINCE 1945, 3rd ed, by John Walker.
Short entries with references for further reading.
XN34 W34 1992
GUIDE TO THE ARCHITECTURE OF LONDON, 2nd ed, by Edward Jones.
Roman to 20th century. Arranged by geographical section. Brief entries with maps and photographs.
XNA970 J6 1992
INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY OF ARCHITECTS AND ARCHITECTURE, 2 vols, ed. Randall Van Vynckt.
Western architectural history. Vol. l: Architects (523). Biographical data, chronology of works, publications by and about, essay. Vol. 2: Architecture (467) buildings and sites. Building/site chronology, publications about, essay, plates and drawings.
XNA40 I48 1993
INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY OF HISTORIC PLACES, ed. Robert Salkin.
Vol. 1: Americas; Vol. 2: Northern Europe; Vol. 3: Southern Europe; Vol. 4: Middle East and Africa; Vol. 5: Asia and Oceania. Arranged alphabetically by site. Entries include photo, essay, and brief bibliography.
XCC135 I585 1995
JAPAN GUIDE, by Botand Bognar.
630 contemporary (post-WWII) works. Arranged by region. Maps, bibliography, building chronology, list of architects and their buildings.
XNA1555 B526 1995
OXFORD COMPANION TO CHRISTIAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE, by Peter Murray.
Short and long entries on persons, places, artistic terms, symbols, art historic periods.
XN7830 M87 1996
OXFORD COMPANION TO GARDENS, by Geoffrey Jellicoe.
International. Covers prehistory to the present. Includes entries on garden designers, styles, types, gardens in art, country overviews, etc.
XSB469.25 O95 1991
Oxford Dictionary of Architecture (3rd ed)
PENGUIN GUIDE TO THE MONUMENTS OF INDIA. Vol. 1: Buddhist, Jain, Hindu, by George Michell. Vol. 2: Islamic, Rajput, European, by Philip Davies.
Each volume in two parts: Introduction: cultures, religions, patrons and artists, etc.; and Gazetteer of Monuments by region and site.
XNA1501 P46 1989
SIR BANNISTER FLETCHER’S A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE, 20th ed rev, by Dan Cruickshank.
International. Photographs, line drawings of plans, sections, and elevations with dimensions.
XNA200 F63 1996
Guides and Bibliographies
ARCHITECTURE: A BIBLIOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO BASIC REFERENCE WORKS, HISTORIES, AND HANDBOOKS, by Donald Ehresmann.
Books written in English and Western European languages published between 1875 and 1980. From prehistoric through modern; European, Oriental, New World, Africa, and Oceania. Author-Title and Subject indexes.
XZ5941 E38 1984
ART INFORMATION: RESEARCH METHODS AND RESOURCES, by Lois S. Jones.
See Chapter 9: “Architectural Research,” Chapter 21: “Special References for Architects”, and subject index: “Architects.” See also: “Architecture,” in Art Information and the Internet: How to Find It, How to Use It,” by Lois S. Jones, 1999, pp. 180-184.
XN85 J64 1990
BUILT ENVIRONMENT: A SUBJECT INDEX, 1800-1960, by Terence Russell.
Bibliography of works, primarily books, organized chronologically within broad themes and sub-themes. Built environment is defined here as “the man-made context within which we live our lives–our towns and cities, places of work…”. Vol. 1: Town Planning and Urbanism: Architecture; Gardens and Landscape Design. Vol 2: Environmental Technology; Constructional Engineering; Building and Materials. Vol. 3: Aesthetics; Decorative Art and Industrial Design; International Exhibitions and Collections; Recreational and Performing Arts. Vol. 4: Public Health; Municipal Services; Community Welfare.
XT19 R87 1989
DIRECTORY OF INTERNATIONAL PERIODICALS AND NEWSLETTERS ON THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, 2nd ed, by Frances Gretes.
Critical annotations. Over 1,600 titles from 57 countries organized by broad subject, e.g., “Building Types”.
XNA1 G7 1992
EARLY CHRISTIAN AND BYZANTINE ARCHITECTURE: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY, by W. Eugene Kleinbauer.
Special feature: Appendix of 19th-century Photography of Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture, pp. 635-670.
XZ5943 C56 K55 1992
Graduate programs in history of art & architecture : financial aid, faculty, curriculum, special programs, facilities and more. College Art Association, 2011. Mugar Memorial Library Reference X (N72.A75 G73 2011 )
TWENTIETH CENTURY ARCHITECTURE: A READER’S GUIDE. , by Martin Pawley.
The author reviews selected books on 20th-century architecture.
XNA680 P314 2000
Other bibliographies on aspects of architecture can be found by searching the Boston University Online Catalog. Do a WORD search for the keywords “architecture bibliography.” When you find a relevant bibliography, use the subject headings to find additional bibliographies on the same subject.
Illustrations in Books
ELEMENTS OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: A PHOTOGRAPHIC SOURCEBOOK, by Ernest Burden.
Chapters on style, composition, materials, components, forms, e.g., doorways, interlaced arches.
XNA2750 B864 2000
ELEMENTS OF STYLE. A PRACTICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF INTERIOR ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS FROM 1485 TO THE PRESENT, rev ed, by Stephen Calloway.
American and British domestic architecture, from Tudor to Post-Modern. Analytical drawings, historic engravings, and photographs describing and detailing thirteen features: woodwork, metalwork, lighting, services, built-in furniture, staircases, kitchen stoves, fireplaces, floors, ceilings, walls, windows, and doors. Essays on American and British vernacular, brief biographies of architects and designers mentioned in text, glossary, directory of American and British suppliers.
XNA2850 E44 1996
ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY OF HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE (HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE SOURCEBOOK, 1977), ed. Cyril Harris.
Ancient to modern; 2100 line drawings of styles and details.
XNA31 H56 1983
INDEX TO ITALIAN ARCHITECTURE. GUIDE TO KEY MONUMENTS AND REPRODUCTION SOURCES, comp. Edward Teague.
Citations to illustrations of 1800 works represented in 80 books.
XNA111 T4 1992
TWENTIETH CENTURY ARCHITECTURE: A VISUAL HISTORY, by Dennis Sharp.
Arranged by year from 1900 to 1989.
XNA680 S517 1991
VISUAL DICTIONARY OF ARCHITECTURE, by Francis Ching.
Arranged by architectural detail, e.g, beam, geometry, plaster. Detailed line drawings with features labeled and defined. Index of all terms represented.
XNA31 C44 1995
WORLD ARCHITECTURE INDEX: A GUIDE TO ILLUSTRATIONS, by Edward Teague.
References to 7200 architectural works reproduced in 100 books. Indexes: site, architect, type, work.
XNA202 W67 1991
Paris, 1870. Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg. (Le Premier Volume: transcribed text).
Books on architecture. Manuscripts or prints published in France, written in French or translated into French (16th-17th centuries). Institute National d’Histoire de l’Art, Tours.
Mary Ann Sullivan, Bluffton University. Indexes: art historical sites, artists and architects, and chronological.
This image database contains nearly 400,000 architectural images.
Meredith L. Clausen, Architectural History Professor, University of Washington. “Researchers can now search for buildings by country, city, style, title, architect, date of construction, as well as other fields.”
History of Art and Architecture Department, Boston University. Contains over 60,000 images.
Artifice, Inc., publishers of The Great Buildings Collection CD-ROM. Browsable list of buildings. Highlighted entries indicate image available at this Web site. Building entry includes discussion, bibliography, and architect information.
Jim Tice and Erik Steiner, University of Oregon
Gregory Crane, Editor-in-Chief, Perseus Project, Tufts University. A digital library of resources for studying the ancient world. The Architecture Catalog is searchable by site, period, architect, region, and type.
Architecture Slide Library, University of California at Berkeley. Visual online catalog of architectural slides. About 20,000 thumbnail images with descriptions are searchable by Personal Names, Object Titles, Locations, Subject Terms, or Abbreviations. Searches also can be refined by selecting a Period or Topic.
Images of Egyptian, Greek, Islamic, and Romanesque architecture indexed by Location, Subject, and Period.
Jeanne Brown, Librarian, Architecture Studies Library, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Classified and annotated list of links to sites for the professional architect and architectural historian. Includes an Alphabetical Index by Site and additional material on the Architecture Studies LibGuide. This site is frequently updated.
Chris Witcombe, Associate Professor, Art History Department, Sweet Briar College. Links organized by art historical period or culture. Look for architecture, architect, building name, etc.
University, Institute, and Public Library Catalogs
CATALOGUE OF BOOKS RELATING TO ARCHITECTURE, CONSTRUCTION AND DECORATION IN THE PUBLIC LIBRARY OF THE CITY OF BOSTON, 2d ed with an additional section on city planning, 1914.
Arranged by subject with author and subjects/places indexes.
Online via Internet Archive. In print: Storage Z5945 F14
CATALOGUE OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS LIBRARY (RIBA), 2 vols., 1938-39, reprinted 1972.
Vol. 1: author catalogue of books and manuscripts; Vol. 2: alphabetical subject index.
THE FOWLER ARCHITECTURAL COLLECTION OF THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY CATALOGUE, by Laurence Fowler, 1961.
“Plate book” editions of texts by architects from antiquity through the 18th century featuring woodcuts and engravings of ancient and contemporary monuments. This book describes “the original Fowler Architectural library [which] was made up of four hundred and forty-eight items, featuring Vitruvius (40 editions, from 1495) and the five great protagonists of Renaissance architecture: Alberti (14 editions, from 1485), Serlio (33 editions, from 1545), Palladio (32 editions, from 1554), Vignola (39 editions, from 1563), and Scamozzi (13 editions, from 1583), as well as works by English, French and German architects.”
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