IAWA collections in the closed stacks at Special Collections
Rolled drawings from the Sigrid Rupp Architectural Collection
Flat architectural drawings and models in the IAWA
The IAWA collects archival manuscripts and organizational records that document the global contributions of women to the built environment. The IAWA documents the lives and legacies of women who:
Special Collections prioritizes the collection of original, primary source materials that are no longer actively used by an individual or organization. We maintain a small amount of secondary sources (including publications) to accompany the archival collections. We collect materials in multiple formats to reflect the wide range of tools and techniques used by creative professionals in their work. A single collection might be composed of photographs, documents, several artistic media, and electronic records such as email correspondence, office records, or CAD drawings.
An architectural collection commonly includes a range of items that reflect the creator's experiences and accomplishments throughout her career, including architectural drawings, diaries or journals, concept and design sketches, office records, project files and photographs, professional and personal correspondence, portfolios, presentation boards, and other manuscript items. When collections are extensive or contain overlapping documentary materials, archivists work with donors to select a sample of representative items.