The Art, Architecture & Engineering Special Collections Library includes rare, fragile, and/or limited editions, including:
Early English editions of Alberti's Ten Books on Architecture.
Architectural treatises by Palladio, Soane, Stuart, Gibbs, and others.
New editions include artist's books, limited edition monographs and facsimiles (e.g., sketchbooks from Le Corbusier's travels in Germany and Asia, Aldo Rossi's sketchbooks, and sketches by Jackson Pollock).
Strengths in the special collections include publications from the first decades of the twentieth century, especially those by Le Corbusier and various Bauhaus designers, as well as Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. Several dozen black and white photographs of Wright's residential architecture taken by Henry Fuermann in the first decades of the twentieth century augment these publications.
USE OF THE COLLECTION:
The collection is available for individual or small group research by appointment. Volumes do not circulate, and are used only in the Special Collections area located in the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library room B240. To consult the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library Special Collections, please contact Annette Haines (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rebecca Price (email@example.com).
DATABASE OF ARTISTS' BOOKS
Although some of the AAEL's artists' books circulate, the ones featured in this database require more careful handling and are only available for viewing on-site in the Special Collections room B240. If you would like to see a book from this database in person, please contact Annette Haines at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment or for more information.
LINKS TO OTHER SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES AT THE U-M:
- Bentley Historical Library
- Holds the official archives of the University and historical materials relating to Michigan.
- Clements Library
- Holds materials relating to the history of America prior to the mid-twentieth century.
- University of Michigan Special Collections Library
- Holds books, serials, ancient and modern manuscripts, photographs, pamphlets, and other materials.