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Here are a few useful links to frequently used web sites. Please contact reference staff at to recommend additions to these lists.

Art History

This site’s mission is “to become the definitive and most effective guide to museum-quality fine art on the Internet.” It currently represents the work of over 8,000 artists with over 150,000 images.

Art History Resources on the Web
Arranged both chronologically and geographically; this site provides comprehensive coverage of hundreds of Internet resources on the history of art. This site is updated frequently.

Grove Dictionary of Art
Subscription based and available through the Library Gateway, Find Databases: An encyclopedia of 41,000 articles covering art and artists worldwide. It is a "comprehensive art reference work covering all forms of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic and decorative arts, and photography, from prehistory to the 1990s." (publisher's web site)

Smithsonian Archives of American Art
The Archives of American Art is a compilation of over 5,000 collections pertaining to the visual arts throughout American history. The Archive is comprised of “letters, diaries, sketches and sketchbooks, photographs, exhibition catalogs, scrapbooks, business records, art periodicals, and other types of documents” totaling 14 million items. (publisher’s web site) Their web site offers an online catalogue to the collections as well as numerous online exhibits.

Web Gallery of Art
“A virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from the 12 th to mid 19 th centuries.” (publisher’s web site)


Directories of Museums

The Museum Network
Organized by topic, this is an online directory of museums worldwide.

Quick Museum Links

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art:
Cornell University’s Johnson Museum, designed by I.M. Pei, houses one of the nation’s finest University collections of Asian Art as well as American Art from the 19 th and 20 th century. The museum also features works from Europe, Africa, Precolumbia and the Oceanic region as well as a collection of prints, drawings and photographs from around the world.

Metropolitan Museum:
National Building Museum :
National Gallery:
Tate Gallery
Victoria & Albert:


125 Years of Achievement
This web page, created in 1996 by Cornell’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, is a historical overview of the University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning.

AD White Architectural Photographs
More than 1,200 selected images from the original collection of A.D. White (Cornell's first president). The complete collection of 13,000 nineteenth and early twentieth-century photos is at the Rare and Manuscript Collections in Kroch Library.

Architect’s Newspaper
The Architect’s Newspaper is a “comprehensive source of information on thelatest projects and commissions, unfolding politics and debate, current events and cultural developments related to architecture” in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut region. (publisher’s web site)

Architectural League of New York
“Through its exhibitions, competitions, design studies, publications, and public programs the League has a national and international impact, in addition to its prominent role in New York artistic and civic life.” (publisher’s web site)

Architecture 2030:
“Architecture 2030 was established in 2005 and is sponsored by New Energy Economy, a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization. Our mission is to conduct research, and provide information and innovative solutions in the fields of architecture and planning, in an effort to address global climate change. We are supported by a range of individuals, firms and charitable organizations.” (organization’s web site)
arcspace is an architecture and design magazine that features today's most creative projects as well as the most influential of the past. Besides features and news items, arcspace reviews books and exhibitions and shows selections of work by architecture photographers in The Camera, and sketches by architects in The Architect’s Studio. The Travel section features interesting hotels with a guide to architecture in the area. Access to all features and other information is free. The site charges only for larger images that are available for downloading in the Image Library.

American Institute of Architects
The web site of the primary professional association of U.S. architects.

Boston College
A comprehensive list of architectural web sites compiled by Jeffrey Howe at Boston College; including a pictorial archive of European & American architecture.

Great Buildings
This web site features buildings (and their architects) from around the world. Photographs, architectural sketches, and 3D models are included as well as bibliographies and commentaries. The complete CD-Rom version (for Macintosh) can be requested from the Library circulation desk (Reserve NA200 M44 1995)

National Building Museum
The National Building Museum explores the world we build for ourselves - from our homes, skyscrapers, and public buildings to our parks, bridges and cities. Through exhibits, education programs, and publications, the museum seeks to educate the public about American achievements in architecture, design engineering, planning, and construction.

New York Public Library Digital Collection
The NYPL Digital collection is noteworthy. Treasures of the American Performing Arts: 1875-1923 and the Mid Manhattan Picture Collection are but two of their digital collections.

The Pritzker Architecture Prize
“The Pritzker Architecture Prize World Wide Web Site provides current information about the world's most prestigious architecture award and its Laureates” (publisher’s web site)

University of Nevada
Authored by Jean Brown, head of the Architectural Studies Library at the University of Nevada, this site provides hundreds of links to reference tools and research on architecture, construction, planning, housing, preservation, energy, and the environment.

City and Regional Planning

American Planning Association:
As the official web presence for the American Institute of Planners this site includes a membership directory as well as relevant news, conference schedules and other educational opportunities, job offerings, and an online store.

Digital Sanborn Maps
Sanborn fire insurance maps were produced by the Sanborn Map Company to provide accurate, current and detailed information to the fire insurance industry for risk assessment purposes. Between 1867 and 1970, the Company had mapped over 12,000 U.S. towns. The maps were revised periodically in order to be accurate and suitable for the intended use.

Planners Web
An online planning journal spanning a broad range of topics including images and resource guides.

UC Berkeley
A city planning site useful to students as well as practitioners.

Urban Land Institute
This is an online version of the journal by the same title dealing with urban trends and issues.

Urban Planning 1794 – 1918
Created by John Reps, Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning at Cornell, this web site includes “primary source material for the study of how urban planning developed up to the end of World War I.” (publisher’s web site)

Historic Preservation

Built in America (part of the Library of Congress’ American Memory project)
Built in America combines the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) with the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) to become the largest collection of architectural drawings and photographs and historical descriptions of America’s built environment in the U.S. Much of the collection is viewable online.

Preserve Net:
A wealth of online resources and links for the historic preservation community.


George Eastman House (founder of the Eastman Kodak Co.)
The George Eastman House Mansion contains one of the world’s most significant museums of photography. Included in the collection is an archive of 25,000 motion picture titles. Efforts are underway to create various online photography exhibits.

Library of Congress American Memory
Provides information on, and access to, the digitized version of the Library's primary-source collections on American history and culture, including photographs, documents, sound recordings, and motion pictures. Broad topics covered include: agriculture, arts and architecture, history, performing arts, and social sciences. Particular collections include: African-American perspectives, Alexander Graham Bell papers, Baseball cards, Civil War photographs, Early motion pictures, and Voices from the Dust Bowl. (Library Gateway)

“The online expression of the alliance of The International Center of Photography (ICP) and George Eastman House” (publisher’s web site)

Image Resources

AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive: Library Gateway, Find Databases
An electronic library containing the AP's current photos from their 50 million-image print and negative library, as well as charts, graphs, tables, and maps from the AP's graphics portfolio. The Photo Archive receives an average of 800 photos a day. About a quarter of the photos are selected for the permanent archive, while the rest are removed after 12 months.  (Library Gateway)

AD White Architectural Photographs
More than 1,200 selected images from the original collection of A.D. White (Cornell's first president). The complete collection of 13,000 nineteenth and early twentieth-century photos is at the Rare and Manuscript Collections in Kroch Library.

Library of Congress American Memory
Provides access to the digitized version of the Library's primary source collections on American history and culture, including photographs, documents, sound recordings, and motion pictures

Searchable database of more than 300,000 digital images and associated catalog data. ARTstor covers many time periods and cultures, and documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design, as well as many other forms of visual culture. This is a developing archive, expected to grow to 500,000 images by 2006.

David Rumsey Map Collection
This online collection of over 11,000 maps, focuses on rare18th and 19th century cartographic materials on North and South America. Historic maps of Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented.

Digital South Asia Library, Images section
The images included here are from three collections: The Hensley Photo Library, comprised of 600 photos taken during World War II; The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) collection, with more than 125,000 photographs of architecture, painting, sculpture, and numismatics; and, the Government College of Arts and Crafts collection, which includes a range of social and architectural photographs.

New York Public Library Picture Collection Online
This is a collection of 300,000 digitized images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards. Most of the originals were created before 1923. All are in the holdings of the New York Public Library.