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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 a Building

Databases (Access is available only to on-site readers and 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