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July 10, 2014
8:30am - 7:00pm

Welcome to the Northwest Architectural Archives

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Finding aids are online guides to selected historical records and papers in the Northwest Architectural Archives.


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The Northwest Architectural Archives, formed in 1970, collects the records of architects, engineers, contractors, landscape architects, and interior designers from a region which includes Minnesota, western Wisconsin, northern Iowa, and the eastern Dakotas.
Every type of document generated by these individuals and firms is collected: drawings of all kinds, specifications, job files, and photographs are chiefly sought.The collections span nearly 130 years of work by many notable practitioners.


Beginning Tuesday, June 3, 2014 the Northwest Architectural Archives will be operating with fewer staff than normal, so please be patient in awaiting responses to your reference inquiries. During that time, research visits will be available by appointment only. We are hopeful that most visits can be scheduled between the hours of 10:00a.m. and 2:00 p.m. We appreciate your understanding of these constraints; operations should return to normal some time in mid-July, 2014.
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The Staff in the Northwest Architectural Archives Call or send e-mail at least 48-hours in advance to make an appointment at 612-624-1402 or Christine Avery, as the materials must be retrieved from storage for you; there is no browsing in the collections. We are open M-F, 8:30-4:30.

Archives staff use a number of resources to determine what materials we have in our collections, but rely primarily on our "finding aids". Finding aids are lists of materials in the Archives. All collections are indexed by building OWNER name - individual, company, or organization - and we use the online finding aid search found just above. However, not all Northwest Architectural Archives collections have online finding aids, so if you do not locate what you need for your research, please check with Archives staff. We can consult the index cards in the office.

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