Architectural Drawings Resource Guide
An Index to Holdings in the University Archives
The Northwestern University Archives holds an extensive collection of architectural drawings dating from the mid-19th century to nearly the present. In addition to drawings illustrating the planning and development of University buildings, the collection also contains drawings for several local homes and public buildings. Some of the notable architects and firms represented in the collection include Daniel Burnham; Walter Netsch; Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill; Holabird and Root; James Gamble Rogers; and George W. Maher.
The Index to Architectural Drawings is arranged in table form. Drawings are listed in alphabetical order by title of building or building description, then by architect or firm, building type, drawing date, and drawing format. Use the "find" function (Control-F) to search by the name of the building, architect, or architectural firm. For definitions of architectural terms (plan, elevation, section, etc.), see Glossary of Architectural Terms (Getty AAT).
Drawings may be consulted during the Archives’ open hours. When asking about a drawing, please use the ID number and title of the drawing.
Daniel Burnham's proposed plan for Northwestern's Evanston Campus, 1905 (partial view). Northwestern University Archives