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Architecture & Design Collections Research Guide

An introduction to the Getty's substantial architecture and design archival holdings, secondary research materials, and online resources, including strategies for researching the built environment.

Researching an Architect

Citation Databases (Access is available only to on-site readers and to Getty staff)


Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
Journal articles about architecture, design, urban planning, historic preservation, and landscape architecture.

Coverage: 1741– (updated weekly)

Link to Avery via ProQuest


Art and Architecture Archive
A full-text archive of magazines comprising key research material in the fields of art and architecture, dating from the late-nineteenth century to the twenty-first. Subjects covered include fine art, decorative arts, architecture, interior design, industrial design, and photography. The magazines are scanned from cover-to-cover and presented as full-color page images; detailed indexing permits quick, efficient searching and navigation of this material.

Coverage: 1895–2005

Link to Art and Architecture Archive via ProQuest


Art Index Retrospective (H.W. Wilson) 
Over half a century of art literature covering fine, decorative, and commercial art. Content includes high-quality indexing of nearly 600 publications, many of which are peer-reviewed, and citations of over 25,000 book reviews.

Coverage: 1929–1984

Link to database


Freely Available Online Journals

Architectural Record via US Modernist 

Coverage: most issues from 1891-2013

Arts & Architecture 

Coverage: selected content from 1945-1967