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Architectural Records: Managing Design and Construction Records

Waverly B. Lowell  and Tawny Ryan Nelb 

Architecture and design records are exciting resources for historical research and vital for documenting and maintaining the built environment. Yet their temporal nature often makes them difficult to preserve, and managing collections of these records can be a challenge.

In addition to addressing preservation issues, this resource helps archivists, curators, librarians and researchers understand how to assess the value of architectural records.

Contents include:

  • A brief history of Western architectural practice
  • A description of the creation of design records
  • Explanations of the various types of project records
  • Recommendations on best practices for appraisal, arrangement, and description
  • Information about preservation, administration, and research use
  • Identification of common visual media and supports used to create architectural records

    ". . . remarkably detailed and comprehensive. . . . It is written in an accessible style and, speaking as someone who works with an architectural archive, it contains all the information and advice that I can ever imagine needing."
    --JUSTINE SAMBROOK, Library Drawings and Archives Collection, Royal Institute of British Architects, Archives, xxxiii, no. 118 (April 2008)

    "Lowell and Nelb have written this book for archivists, but its comprehensive and broad scope renders it an important resource for anyone who creates, manages, or simply appreciates design records."
    --MAUREEN JENNINGS, Harvard University, American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2007)

    " . . . an essential resource for anyone interested in or responsible for the care of architectural drawings."
    --MAYGENE DANIELS, National Gallery of Art, Chief of Gallery Archives

    "From appraising a collection to designing storage to working with a conservator, it is an invaluable source."
    --LOIS OLCOTT PRICE, Senior Conservator for Library Collections and Winterthur Assistant Professor in Art Conservation, Winterthur Museum and Country Estate

    Society of American Archivists (2006)
    250 pp., soft cover

    Product Code: BOOKSAA-0482
    ISBN: 1-931666-63-6
    Qty Available: 76



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