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History of Architecture: Periodicals and Newspapers

This is a brief bibliographic guide to general resources for researching architectural history in the Environmental Design Library, UC Berkeley

Periodical databases

For a broader list of general architectural indexes, see Architecture Periodical Indexes & Abstracts. A list of general indexes available online to UCB users is available on the UCB Library homepage.  

Proceedings and Conference Papers

See also the Engineering Library's guide, How to Find Conference Proceedings.

Newspaper Indexes

In addition to the indexes listed here, some newspapers are available full-text on the Web. Information regarding older issues is often available at these sites. See the News Databases for a list of links to online indexes and full-text local and international newspapers.

Print Indexes

  • Architectural publications index (API) Periodicals indexed and books catalogued by the British Architectural Library. London: Published for the British Architectural Library at the Royal Institute of British Architects by RIBA publications, 1995.API is a quarterly publication with an annual cumulation that includes a series and special issues index as well as names, subject headings, topographical and building names index. 
  • Bibliographie zur Architektur im 19. Jahrhundert, die Aufsatze in den deutschsprachigen Architekturzeitschriften 1789-1918, ed. by Stephan Waetzoldt. Nendeln: KTO Press, 1977. 8-volume index of German-language architectural periodical literature focuses on German and central European architecture. 1789–1918. Volume 8 includes indexes by architect, author and place. Each volume has tables of contents with subjects in German and English. A list of journals indexed appears in volume 1.
  • The Burnham index to architectural literature. New York: Garland Pub., 1989. Indexes more than 200 journals and several hundred monographs. Compiled by the Burnham Library of Architecture at the Chicago Art Institute, 1919-1965. Better coverage of California than Avery Index for early part of the 20th century.
  • Index to Historic Preservation Periodicals published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation Library. Print volume 1 covers articles published from 1979-1987, and a supplement covers 1987-1990. It indexes local publications such as Oakland HeritageAlliance News, BAHA News, Heritage Newsletter (San Francisco's Architectural Heritage) and California Preservation.
  • The new Craftsman index, an annotated chronology, subject and author index of Gustav Stickley's The Craftsman, 1901-1916, Marilyn Fish. Lambertville, NJ: Arts and Crafts Quarterly Press, 1997. Indexes the original journal (EnvDesign N1.C87 Rare), an excellent source for turn-of-the-century design history. Also available on CD-ROM.
  • Repertoire de art et d'architecture. Paris: Bibliotheque d'art et d'archeologie, 1910-1989. Classified listing of books and journals on art and architecture worldwide until 1964, when coverage of antiquity, Islamic and Asian art pre-20th century stopped.
  • Repertoire international de la litterature de l'art, RILA, International repertory of the literature of art. New York: College Art Association of America, 1975-1989. Abstracts and indexes books, periodical articles, Festschriften, exhibition catalogs, dissertations on post-classical European and post-Columbian American art.