Collection 2018-09-10/253 - Architecture Special Collections

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Architecture Special Collections



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The Architecture Research Center (ARC) began as a modest, but pedagogically critical teaching collection of books most of which were donated from faculty and alumni. Commonly referred to as “the reading room”, it was renamed the Paul Buisson Reference Library at the Sixth Annual Library Benefit on April 12, 1991, in honor of Professor Paul Buisson who passed away in 1990. During its early development, the reading room’s non-circulating reference-collection was contained within an armoire under lock and key accessible only by faculty who required immediate access to materials for studio teaching. In 1984 the Department of Architecture separated from the School of Engineering and established its own school. The architecture collection that was housed at Engineering was transferred to the Richter Library where much of it still remains. Eleonor Pol, who stewarded those collections, was transferred to the School of Architecture and managed the reading room collections in the following years. Generous support through The Henry A. Colina Endowment Fund for the acquisition of architecture research, teaching and learning materials has enabled continuous enhancement of the architecture library’s collections since 1993.

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Special Collections acquires, preserves, and provides access to rare and unique scholarly resources. Officially founded in 1978, Special Collections serves as a scholarly resource for students, faculty, and staff of the University of Miami, and local, regional, national, and international scholars and researchers.
Special Collections houses an outstanding array of scholarly resources including collections of archives, rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, architectural drawings, prints, broadsides, posters, audio-visual materials, newspapers and journals, and other research materials.

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This collection is available to researchers for Room Use Only by appointment in the Architecture Library, University of Miami. For further information and to make an appointment, please call (305)284.5282 or email

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