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Image databases and websites
Tools for locating online drawings, photographs, and maps:
- Library of Congress Collection of Prints and Photographs:
- Architecture, Design & Engineering Drawings
Drawings, primarily for sites and structures in the U.S. (especially Washington, D.C.), as well as Europe and Mexico, mostly by American architects and architectural firms. Most cataloged in groups by project. About 40,000 drawings, ca. 3.900 records. Some digitized. Date:1600 - 1989.
- Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South
Noted architectural photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952) created a systematic record of early American buildings and gardens called the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South (CSAS), which pictures an estimated 1,700 structures and sites in rural and urban areas of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana, and to a lesser extent Florida, Mississippi, and West Virginia. (More than 7,100 photographs, all are digitized.) Date:1926 - 1944.
- Detroit Publishing Company
Chiefly scenes in U.S. and Latin America, including landscapes, cityscapes, historic sites, architecture, vessels, industry, etc. (About 28,200 glass negatives, glass transparencies, and color photomechanical prints. Most images are digitized) Date:1885 - 1930.
- Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives
Photos documenting rural and urban conditions and lifestyles in the U.S. and its territories; a few in Canada. Includes negatives the FSA/OWI did not print, many of which lack identifying information. (About 175,000 photographs: about 171,000 negatives. Most are digitized. Date:1935 - 1945
- Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey
Measured drawings, photographs, and written historical and architectural information for structures and sites dating from the 17th-20th centuries in the U.S. and its territories. (Documentation for more than 38,000 sites and structures; All images are digitized.) Date:1930 - 2010.
- Panoramic Photographs
U.S. and foreign sites, showing cities and towns, as well as events, industries, and group portraits (About 4,200 photographs.) Date:1880 - 1930. Most images are digitized.
Librarian Dave Greene is offering office hours for Art History on Mondays, 10:30am-noon in Arts-W 110 (Professor Straw's office).