Van Alen Institute Launches Design Archive

The Van Alen Institute (VAI) has accumulated a significant archive of historical design material documenting the development and expansion of late 19th- and early 20th-century American architectural education. The archive includes 258 linear feet of institutional records, 39 linear feet of photographic materials, and 4,000+ original architectural drawings dating from 1893 to1994.

In 2007, with support from the New York State Council on the Arts, VAI began organizing, arranging, and digitizing materials from its architecture collection. Public access to digitized architecture competition drawings, programs, and jury reports will be available in March via CollectiveAccess, an open-source, web-based, collections management platform. Visit the VAI’s Facebook page for image previews.