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Institutional Background

The Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University in the City of New York, was founded in 1890 in memory of Henry Ogden Avery, a promising young architect who died prematurely. Beginning with two thousand books, the collection has grown to more than 350,000 books on architecture, historic preservation, art history, painting, sculpture, graphic arts, decorative arts, city planning, real estate, and archaeology. It is one of the preeminent architectural libraries in the world.

The Drawing Collection of the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library was formed around the nucleus of the Henry Ogden Avery drawings given to Columbia University in 1890 as part of the foundation of the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. Today, the collection contains approximately one million drawings, photographs, letters, and manuscripts relating to architecture and architects. The collection grew dramatically in the 1970s when scholars began to realize the importance of original architectural drawings as primary source materials. Many of the records of America’s most noteworthy architects are housed at the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library including those of Richard Upjohn, Alexander Jackson Davis, Warren & Wetmore, Stanford White, Gordon Bunshaft, Philip Johnson, and Greene & Greene.

Scope of the Collection

Greene & Greene documents were donated to Avery Library in 1960 by Jean Murray Bangs. Charles and Henry Greene had provided the records to Ms. Bangs while she prepared to write a book on the Greenes’ work. A second group of records, mainly photographs, was donated to the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library after the death of Ms. Bangs by her husband, architect Harwell Hamilton Harris. The Greene & Greene collection consists of 4,764 drawings, 585 photographs, and two boxes of archival material, the dates ranging from ca. 1896-1931. The Greene & Greene drawings represent approximately 120 projects with related notes, correspondence, and specifications for designs located primarily in California.

Repository Contact Information

Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library
Columbia University in the City of New York
1172 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10027


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