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Biographical Resources on Architects

Biographical Resources on Architects is a research guide to UC Berkeley library and web resources, historical and contemporary. This guide also provides links to some full text resources. For additional assistance please consult the reference staff of the Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall. 

UC Berkeley faculty, registered students, and staff who are off campus may use items marked UCB Only or UC Only by using the Library's proxy server or the Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Compiled by Susan Koskinen.

Bibliographies

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Biographical dictionaries & encyclopedias

Modern

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Historical

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Databases

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Directories

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Books & articles

Use search terms for books in OskiCat (UCB catalog) or Melvyl (all UC campuses catalog) and articles in the Article Databases.

Architects --Biography
Architects --Homes and Haunts
Architects -- (City, State or Country Name) -- Biography
Architects --Interviews
Architects -- (Country Name) - Correspondence
Architecture --Addresses, essays, lectures
Architecture --Film Catalogs
Architecture --Video Catalogs
Bibliography --Interviews
--Catalogs --Journeys
--Correspondence --Knowledge and learning
--Criticism and Interpretation --Written works

For a specific architect, use the examples as illustrated below for Frank Lloyd Wright.
In Melvyl: title keyword: Frank Lloyd Wright or subject: Wright, Frank Lloyd - Archives
In OskiCat: author: Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959 - Archives.

Wright, Frank Lloyd --Aesthetics --Diaries
Wright, Frank Lloyd --Archives --Exhibitions
Wright, Frank Lloyd --Autobiographies --Influence

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Articles

Architecture Periodical Indexes

Selected List from the Environmental Design Library, UC Berkeley. Search under personal name or a specific building name as title word, subject or author. For more see - Electronic Resources, Types, Article Databases. See also previous list under Directories and Databases.

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Newspaper Indexes

Check in the Main Library Newspaper/Periodicals/Microform Room for indexes to newspapers published in the geographical area where your architect lived and worked. See also the News Databases list under Electronic Resources.

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Oral histories

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Dissertations

See also Electronic Resources - Types, Dissertations for more resources.

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Exhibition catalogs

Frequently overlooked, exhibition catalogs often contain scholarly and detailed information about architects. They are indexed in several sources, including:

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Films & videos

Films, videos, oral histories, slides and photographs can be important sources of information.

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Archival sources

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