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Architecture Index Card Collection: How to Read a Card

A Guide to Searching the Architecture Index Cards in the Arts Department

I Found the Cards I was Looking For...Now What?

           

The index cards that make up the Architecture Index Card Collection have no standardized format- some are typewritten, some are handwritten, some have items pasted onto them. This was the result of decades of Fine Arts librarians capturing information in a variety of ways in order to aid patrons in searching for information about particular structures or architects.

  • A large number of cards contain information and are resources in and of themselves- a timeline of building projects or a biographical outline. This information has usually been transcribed by an arts librarian from a published source.

 

  • Some cards point to published sources within the BPL collection- you will be able to see the call number and request the item for in-library use only at our Delivery Desk in the Copley Square location. Choose "Central - Delivery Desk" (located on McKim second floor) as your pickup point; you should get notification when your item is ready for you to take out for in-library use only.

 

  • Cards can also point to published journal or newspaper articles. In many cases, the card includes the complete citation for the articles, and patrons can either search our catalog, our newspaper databases, or request further assistance from a librarian (ask@bpl.org)

Interpreting a Card on an Architect

These are some examples of cards arranged by architect, architectural firm, or association. The notations in red describe how the cards are arranged and how to access this material.

 

Interpreting a Card on a Building

These are some examples of cards arranged by building and street address. The notations in red describe how the cards are arranged and how to access this material.

Card Cabinet Drawer