Finding aids are descriptive guides or inventories that have been created by the archivist to provide information about the contents of the collections.

The finding aids listed on this page cover the majority of the collections in the Northwest Architectural Archives. Some collections do not have finding aids, while others may not contain detailed contents. This indicates that the collection is either unprocessed or partially processed, and not available for research.

Key search terms are: commission name (first owner or original building name), architect, and address (house number, street name, city, state).

We urge researchers to email the Northwest Architectural Archives ( for further information about their topic.

Online EAD (Encoded Archival Description) Finding Aids


These inventories, or lists of the contents of our collections, are encoded in XML and can only be viewed through Internet Explorer 6.0, Netscape 7.0, or Mozilla.