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Landscape Architecture 170: Images & Archives

History and Literature of Landscape Architecture

Finding Visual Resources

This section lists sources for different types of images, including photographs, plans, drawings, and maps. In addition to the books and other sources already listed, landscape images and plans may be found in specialized books and on the Web. Note, too, that images can be found in unexpected places, for example, in seemingly trivial or 'popular' books, such as Beauty in gardens; a tribute, by Roger B. Whitman, published in 1928, and which consists primarily of black and white photos of the work of selected American landscape architects, including Marian Coffin, Jens Jensen, and Charles Downing Lay. The archives listed in this guide are also potentially great sources for images.

Searching for images

See Image and Sound databases for more resources.

Archives & Historical Societies


See Archival Collections & Primary Source Databases for additional archival sources.

Selected titles on using maps and images in research

Designed maps: a sourcebook for GIS users, by Cynthia A. Brewer. Redlands, CA: ESRI Pr., 2008.

Eyewitnessing: the uses of images as historical evidence, by Peter Burke. Ithaca, NY: Cornell Univ. Pr., 2001. Online version.

Image-based research: a sourcebook for qualitative researchers, Jon Prosser, ed. Bristol, PA: Falmer Pr., 1998.

Mapping it out: expository cartography for the humanities and social sciences, by Mark Monmonier. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Pr., 1993.

Researching the visual: images, objects, contexts and interactions in social and cultural inquiry, by Michael Emmison. London: Sage, 2000.

Visual anthropology: photography as a research method, by John Collier, Jr., and Malcolm Collier. Rev. and expanded ed. Albuquerque: Univ. of New Mexico Pr., 1986. Online version

Visual methodologies: an introduction to the interpretation of visual materials, by Gillian Rose. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2007. Online table of contents

Visual methods in social research, by Marcus Banks. London: Sage, 2001.

Find more: Search the library catalogs by subject: Visual sociology or Photography in the social sciences.

Print resources for images

Searching for maps and plans

Many plans and maps can be found online.

See Image and Sound databases  and Atlases, Maps and Gazetteers for more resources.