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Architectural History

Welcome to Our Architectural History Guide

Rookery Building, Chicago Illinois

Courtesy Chicago Historical Society - Rookery Building, 209 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Cook County, IL
Digitized by the Library of Congress's Historic American Buildings Survey

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Art Collection
Deering Library, 3rd Floor
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208


Need research help or want to discuss a project? Contact the Art Library any time, or stop by in person any time we are open. We look forward to working with you!

You can use this guide to help you find many of the resources the Architecture Reading Room at Northwestern University Libraries has to offer. Located on the third floor of the historic Charles Deering Library, the Architecture Reading Room features general books on architectural history, many rare 19th- and early-20th-century architectural periodicals, and quiet reading space.

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Choosing Keywords

Getting started on your research? This video will show you how to come up with keywords based on your research topic.


Best Bets! Online Library Reources for Architectural History




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More Architectural History Reference Sources

Other good places to start familiarizing yourself with architectural history topics are online reference sources.

Oxford Art Online, our subscription resources mentioned above, is one (the best) general art/architecture reference source. Here are a few other good online reference sources in architecture -- these can all be found online for free:

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