The Library of Congress announced today the acquisition of the American Institute of Architects and American Architectural Foundation Collection, consisting of rare and significant architectural drawings, photographs and illustrated publications. The materials will be housed in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division.
The new acquisition adds an estimated 160,000 drawings, 30,000 photographs and rare illustrated books to the Library’s rich holdings of millions of architectural documents. Included in the acquisition are original works of art, detailed technical materials, information-rich business files, ephemera and sourcebooks.
In recognition of the materials’ historical significance and potential value to architectural historians and researchers, the boards of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) approved transfer in 2009 of their organizations’ architectural drawings, photos and publications. As part of the transfer agreement, the National Building Museum will serve as the AIA/AAF Collection’s exhibition partner. Read more