Alexander Architectural Archive

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The Alexander Architectural Archive at the University of Texas at Austin is an architectural research center of national importance. As a unit of the University of Texas Libraries within the Architecture and Planning Library, the Archive supports research and education about the history of the built environment by acquiring and preserving research collections and by making them accessible. The Archive also supports learning opportunities and scholarly activities for students studying preservation of the cultural record and archival enterprise.


Address and Contact Info

Address: PO Box P (BTL200), Austin, TX 78713-8916

Web site:

Telephone:(512) 495-4621


Schedule and Hours: The Alexander Architectural Archive is open for scholarly and professional research. In order to ensure the preservation of the materials as well as guarantee quality service, the Archive is accessed by appointment only. Appointments are taken Monday through Friday 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. Hours of operation are subject to change according to holiday and intersession schedules. Please call Nancy Sparrow, Curatorial Assistant for Public Services at (512) 495-4621 to set up an appointment.


The Alexander Architectural Archive is a repository of over 100 collections of material preserved to enrich and serve our architectural heritage. Holdings include any type of document involved in the management of a firm, the development of a design through the finished product, and the reflection of lives of architects, landscape architects, planners, designers, preservationists, historians, professors, and businesses in the industry. Emphasis is on the southwest region of the United States, however, we do have material from England, California, Chicago, and some Latin American countries. Visit the archives collections online at: [1].

The Alexander Architectural Archive supports instruction in the School of Architecture through the doctoral level in architectural design, history, preservation and community and regional planning; and the bachelor level in Interior Design. The Archive also supports research in history, art history, American Studies, anthropology, and engineering, as well as that undertaken by design professionals, governmental agencies, and others involved in the preservation and restoration of buildings. The Alexander Architectural Archive is available to all serious inquirees for research and scholarship.


Staff will be available at all times during your appointment- they will assist you in viewing drawings, and monitor your use of all other material. In order to best serve our guests, no phone calls or walk-in references will be taken by staff during your appointment.

Personal property must be set aside during your appointment. The Archive will provide you with paper and pencils to take notes. Digital photography is permitted on a case by case basis. This photography is to be used for personal study only and not for publication. Hand held scanners are prohibited.


No food or drink is permitted in the archives.

The Charles W. Moore Room serves as a viewing room and the onsite storage facility of the Charles W. Moore Archive. Because of this, it is kept at 68 degrees and may be chilly for some guests. Please come prepared to study in this environment.

For information on parking at The University of Texas at Austin, visit the Visitor Parking page[2].

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