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Architecture: Image Resources

This guide presents resources on various aspects of architecture including history, theory, design and technology.

Images

This page concerns digital images and visual resources available through the SU Libraries and also online.  Web links are to open access material.

ARTSTOR News

ARTSTOR has added significant architectural content to its database of over 300,000  images.

ARTSTOR is a major provider of quality images for use in the teaching and study of art, architecture and archeology. Specialized image collections include Asian art, Native American art and culture from the Smithsonian, the MoMA collection for architecture and design and the Schlesinger photograph collection on the history of women in America. But now it will be of increased value to the architecture and design communities. Artstor, the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), and the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library are now sharing approximately 10,000 images of architectural plans and sections and related materials in the database.

Curated by Professors Mary McLeod and Kenneth Frampton from Avery's immense resources, the collection will eventually include 20,000 images. It is based on GSAPP's history of modern architecture curriculum and covers the history of modern buildings, focusing primarily on 20th-century modernism. The Plans and Sections project comprises 1,000 projects from 44 countries, the majority of them of built works, and also includes documentation of unbuilt projects and of competitions. This is the first time this rich body of visual material and related scholarship is available online.

Subscription-Based Research Databases (SU NetID Login Required)

Database: AP Images

Vendor: Associated Press 

Description: AP Images is one of the world's largest collections of historical and contemporary imagery. As an essential source of photographs and graphics for professional image buyers, AP Images strives to meet the needs of todays global customer through superior image quality, selection and service.

Access Note: Ten simultaneous users only.

 

Database: ARTSTOR

Vendor: ARTSTOR

Description: Collection of 300,000 images for use in the teaching and study of art, architecture and archaeology. Specialized image collections include Asian art, Native American art and culture from the Smithsonian, the MoMA collection for architecture and design and the Schlesinger photograph collection on the history of women in America.

  

Database: Digital Sanborn Maps

Vendor: ProQuest 

Description: Digital access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of more than 12,000 American towns and cities.

 

Database: Syracuse Archivision

Vendor: Archivision

Description: Archivision is a core architecture collection representing major Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, 18th & 19th Century and Modern sites. The collection also includes gardens & parks, city skylines, cityscape

Access Note: Click on Guest Login

Digitized Slide Collection

The King + King Architecture Library staff has been working to convert a large collection of analog slides into digital format.

In the selection process, there was an emphasis on original photography, technical drawings, and process sketches, whenever available. Material ranges from international architects such as Mies van der Rohe and Rem Koolhaas, to structural systems and technical details as well as documentation of cities.

To access these new images, please go to the SoA G drive and look for g:\ARCH\Archive\Architecture Slide Collection\

DVDs are also available for check out.

Slide Collection Index

Architect and Firm-specific Digital Archives

Society of Architectural Historians Digital Resources

Open Access Resources

General

Regional - The Americas

Regional - Asia

Regional - Europe

Regional - Middle East