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September 1st, 2016

Research Opportunity: The Herman J. Albrecht Library of Historical Architecture

The Herman J. Albrecht Library of Historical Architecture, founded in 2006 and housed at Ohio State University’s Thompson Library (Columbus, Ohio), is a growing research resource for historians of technology. The Library holds an annually-increasing collection of rare and valuable books from the sixteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.

Although focused on architecture, the Library’s volumes document history of technology subjects such as building materials and construction, machinery, water supply, and bridges. Geographically, the Library currently includes works on the United States, Europe, Russia, the Ottoman Empire, North Africa, India, and Japan. For historians of technology notable examples in the Library include Andrea Palladio’s I Quattro Libri Dell’Architecttura (1581), which includes extensive discussions of the qualities and uses of building materials; Gustave Eiffel’s large folio, full-color exposition of the construction of the Eiffel Tower, La Tour de Trois Cents Métres (1890), including exquisite details of its American and French-built elevators; the Wachsmuth portfolio (1910) of drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright’s earliest private and commercial buildings;  Emanuel  La Roche’s Indische Baukunst (1921-22), a documentation of a wide range of historic buildings in India; and rare works on building design in the U.S.S.R. in the 1920s.

Inquiries about the holdings of the Albrecht Library and research access may be directed to Eric J. Johnson, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, The Ohio State University Libraries via email at Johnson.4156@osu.edu, or phone at 614-688-8795.

Darwin H. Stapleton, Vice President, Herman J. Albrecht Library of Historical Architecture