Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library Special Collections

We collect rare, fragile, and limited editions of materials related to the study and practice of architecture and art, such as:

  • Early English editions of Leon Battista Alberti’s Ten Books on Architecture
  • Architectural treatises by Andrea Palladio, John Soane, James Gibbs, and others
  • New editions of artists' books and limited edition monographs and facsimiles, such as sketchbooks from Le Corbusier's travels in Germany and Asia, Aldo Rossi's sketchbooks, and spectacular artists’ books by Julie Chen of Flying Fish Press  

Our strengths in architecture and design include publications from the first decades of the twentieth century, especially those by Le Corbusier and various Bauhaus designers, as well as Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. Several dozen black and white photographs of Wright's residential architecture taken by Henry Fuermann in the first decades of the twentieth century augment these publications. 

The focus of the artists’ books collection is on the book as a work of art and is particularly strong in material from the 1980s to the present. It also contains a comprehensive collection from Women’s Studio Workshop. 

Important related collections 

Related collections include art and design, architecture, and our collection of artists’ books

Digital collection

Online exhibits

Materials in the collection

From the folio Formes et couleurs.


Jamie Lausch Vander Broek

Librarian for Art & Design

Rebecca Mary Price

Architecture, Urban Planning, and Visual Resources Librarian and Liaison for Museum Studies


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