The CCA holds one of the world’s foremost international research collections of publications, conceptual studies, drawings, plans, models, prints, photographs, related artefacts and ephemera, archives and oral histories of individual architects.

The Collection now comprises over half a million examples that testify to the diverse ways in which architecture has been imagined, conceived, observed, and transformed for the past six centuries.

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Researchers may consult the Collection in the Library Reading Room by contacting Collection Reference. For information about reproductions from the Collection, contact Rights and Reproductions.

For information on loans of objects for exhibitions, please see the Policy on Lending CCA Objects for Temporary Exhibitions.

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View of the Detroit Free Press Building

The Detroit Free Press Building above was purchased at an auction for $4.2 million recently by a Chinese firm with plans to transform the... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

Octave for the Canonization of Saint Giuseppe da Copertino

These three drawings, on two very large leaves of paper, depict the decorations installed in Rome’s Santi Apostoli church for the octave celebrated... read more
about prints and drawings


Umberto Riva fonds

Although the Italian architect Umberto Riva (b. 1928) has purposefully maintained a marginal role within the field of architecture, he is... read more
about the archives


Les barrières de Paris

In order to combat evasion of the droit d’octroi—a royal excise duty imposed on foodstuffs and consumer goods entering Paris—the authorities... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

Hotel Luggage Labels

The origins of hotel luggage labels can probably be traced to the trade-cards that hotels routinely ordered along with their other stationery... read more
about artefacts and media

selections from CCA collection

In November 1973 Gordon Matta-Clark was invited by curator Paolo Minetti of Galleriaforma to exhibit in Genoa, Italy. Minetti offered him... read more

In 1951 the mayor of Ahmedabad, Chinubhai Chimanbhai, invited Le Corbusier to design a new house for the mayor on a site on the west bank... read more