LD ARCH 170: History and Literature of Landscape Architecture

Archives & Historical Societies

Architectural archives sites (Carnegie Mellon Univ.) Directory of links to architectural archives Web sites in the United States. Remember that architecture collections often include landscape architecture materials. 

Archives of American gardens, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Contains thousands of photographic images, searchable through the Smithsonian's archives and manuscripts catalog. The major collections in the Archives are: Garden Club of America Collection and others.

C19: the nineteenth century index - UCB Only Some full text. Index of 64,891 19th century archival collections and many other sources.
Coverage: Varies

Central Park (New York City, NY) Catalog-index of Central Park drawings, 1857-1934: an historic preservation project of the Frederick Law Olmsted Association, NY: Frederick Law Olmsted Association, 1981. Catalog of the archives of Central Park; includes plans. These materials are part of the municipal archives managed by the New York City, Department of Records and Information Services, and form a portion of of the records for the Department of Parks, 1850-1960.
Envirnomental Design Library SB483 N5 C38

Environmental Design Archives (UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design) Includes archives of San Francisco Bay Area architects and landscape architects, among others. Open by appointment only. Noncirculating collection. Environmental Design Archives Finding Aids are available through the Online Archive of California.

Minerva online catalog (California State Archives) Descriptive catalog of the archival records of California state agencies, legislative committees, the state Supreme and appellate courts, etc.

Municipal archives: Municipal archives can be a fabulous source of primary research material. Many cities, counties, etc., maintain archives of historical municipal records, ranging from meeting and office records to maps, vital records, photographs, plans, parks and recreation planning, and much more. These archives are managed in diverse ways: as a separate department, as a function within an individual department, as part of the public library, etc. Search H-Urban discussion logs for "municipal archives" for a sampling of the type and quality of municipal archives available.

Online archive of California. Brings together historical materials from a variety of California institutions, including museums, historical societies, and archives. Includes more than 120,000 images. The California Heritage Project is one of many searchable archives containing photographs, pictures, and manuscripts from the collections of the UC Berkeley Bancroft Library, including many historical images of San Francisco Bay Area places.

Repository of primary resources. Lists over 5,000 Web sites describing the holdings of archives and manuscript, rare books, historical photograph, and other primary source collections. International.

See Archival Collections & Primary Source Databases for additional archival sources.

More Resources for Images

American designed landscapes: a photographic interpretation Beautiful black and white photographs of 18 significant American designed landscapes, including Middleton Place, Biltmore, Mount Auburn cemetery, and Cranbrook. Includes plans for each landscape. Environmental Design f SB457.53 .W27 1998 v.1 Read at Google Read at Google

American landscape and architectural design, 1850-1920 This collection of approximately 2,800 lantern slides offers views of cities, specific buildings, parks, estates and gardens, including a complete history of Boston's Park System. Views include photographs, plans, maps, & models. Private American estates are represented in the collection through contemporary views of their houses and gardens. Also indexed in the American Memory project.

American memory U.S. Library of Congress. Multimedia collections of digitized documents, photographs, recorded sound, moving pictures, and text from the Library of Congress' Americana collections.

Great European gardens: an atlas of historic plans Brief narratives and chronologies accompany beautiful color reproductions of original plans of 68 European gardens and parks. Bibliography. Environmental Design Reference f SB466.E9 A5351 2005

Image sources for the built environment A selected list of books and Web sites that provide views, plans, sections, elevations, or details of important buildings and sites.

Index to Italian architecture: a guide to key monuments and reproduction sources Environmental Design Reference Desk NA111 .T4 1992 Read at Google Read at Google

A Photographic garden history Environmental Design SB465 .P45 1995 Read at Google Read at Google

Fire insurance maps (UC Berkeley, Library) Links to description of and indexes to fire insurance maps.

Insurance maps of Berkeley, California Sanborn Map Company. NY: The Co., 1911. Includes Albany and parts of Emeryville and Oakland. Environmental Design fffG1529 B6 S3 Rare v.2 only, 1911 corrected to 1933

To scale: one hundred urban plans See the online table of contents for a list of cities and public spaces included. Includes plazas. Environmental Design Reference NA9070 .J46 2008 Read at Google Read at Google

World architecture index: a guide to illustrations Indexes images published in books, by place, project, designer, and project type. Environmental Design Reference & Reference Desk NA202 .T4 1991 Read at Google Read at Google

Finding Visual Resources

This section lists sources for different types of images, including photographs, plans, drawings, and maps. In addition to the books and other sources already listed, landscape images and plans may be found in specialized books and on the Web. Note, too, that images can be found in unexpected places, for example, in seemingly trivial or 'popular' books, such as Beauty in gardens; a tribute, by Roger B. Whitman, published in 1928, and which consists primarily of black and white photos of the work of selected American landscape architects, including Marian Coffin, Jens Jensen, and Charles Downing Lay. The archives listed in this guide are also potentially great sources for images.

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Images, Plans & Maps Online

Many, but not all, images, plans and maps can be found online.

ArtStor - UCB Only Digital library of more than 1 million images including architectural images.

Avery index to architectural periodicals via CSA - UC Only - Architecture and Landscape Architecture journals are highly visual. Therefore, you will often find relevant visual material accompanying an article on your subject. Avery indexes articles in 1,000+ periodicals in architecture, planning, urban design, & related disciplines. Check out the Video Tutorial on how to use it. 

Image sources for the built environment (UC Berkeley, Library) A selected list of books and Web sites that provide views, plans, sections, elevations, or details of important buildings and sites.

SPIRO, Architecture Visual Resources Center, Univ. of California, Berkeley. The visual online public access catalog to approximately 16% of the Architecture Visual Resources Center's collection of over 200,000 35mm slides. The collection is available to UCB faculty and graduate students.  

Catena Digital Archive of Historic Gardens and Landscapes

Luna Commons

Digital Sanborn maps, 1867-1970 (UMI) UCB Only Site provides digital access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of more than 12,000 American towns and cities. The maps "are large-scale plans containing...information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers."

Fire insurance maps (UC Berkeley, Library) Links to description of and indexes to fire insurance maps.

Using Images

Eyewitnessing: the uses of images as historical evidence Environmental Design H61 .H83 2001 Read at Google Read at Google

Visual methodologies: an introduction to the interpretation of visual materials Environmental Design P93.5 .R67 2007 Read at Google Read at Google

Visual methods in social research Environmental Design HM500 .B35 2001 Read at Google Read at Google

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