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Primary sources are materials in a variety of formats that serve as original evidence documenting a time period, an event, a work, people, or ideas. For modern architecture they include architect's writings, interviews, correspondence, as well as sketches, plans, photographs and the building itself.
Texts & Documents Series
Print Location: Art Library: call numbers vary, follow link for titles in this series.
Series published by the Getty Research Institute of important primary sources with critical introductions focused on 19th and 20th c. art and architecture.
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Contemporary Architects by
Call Number: Art Library, NA680.C625 1994b
Publication Date: 1994-12-01
20th c. architects; most buildings are in the USA; chronological list of works; writings by and about the architect; usually a statement by or interview excerpt.
Grove Art Online
Most comprehensive art encyclopedia available in English; useful for scholarly overviews and excellent bibliographies.
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects by
Call Number: Art Library Reference, NA40.M25 1982 vol. 1-4
Publication Date: 1982-12-01
Standard architectural history resource; 2,400 architects, planners, engineers, designers, landscape architects, & firms
Modern Architecture A to Z by
Call Number: Art Library Reference, NA 680 .A17 2007, vol. 1 & 2
Publication Date: 2007-10-01
566 significant architects working from the 18th to the 21st century primarily in Europe, North America, and Japan. Each entry has a portrait, quote, short biography, description of important works, historical context, and general approach; illustrations include drawings, photographs, and floor plans. Additional entries cover approximately 30 groups, movements, and styles from the 18th to the 21st centuries.