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.

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Carlo Mollino and Photography

"Photography can begin after the button is pressed" wrote the Italian architect Carlo Mollino (1905-1973) in his publication, Il messagio... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

A spiral staircase in the Château de Blois

Established on December 11, 1889, the Boston Architectural Club was founded "for the purpose of associating those interested in the profession... read more
about prints and drawings


Gordon Matta-Clark Archive

While the work of Gordon Matta-Clark defies easy categorization, his ideas have exerted increasing influence on architects and visual artists... 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
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artefacts and media

Souvenirs from a World Fair

The Panama Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915

The Tower of Jewels The Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915: San Francisco, California) was a tribute to progress and a celebration... read more
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selections from CCA collection

With its foreshortened perspective, this monumental image (1926-1927) is a testament to the experimentation of photographers in Soviet Russia... read more

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