Digital Collections

Digital Collections

The Ryerson & Burnham Digital Collections consists of various searchable image and text collections. These collections include only limited selections from our archive, and represent a relatively small portion of our total holdings; the majority of our collections are not digitized (a list of digitized collections is available here). Our digital collections include:

1. Electronic surrogates of selected original archival materials from Ryerson & Burnham archival collections. Such materials may include photographs, slides, architectural drawings and prints, correspondence, printed papers and other materials.

Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection
Magic of America
Archival Image & Media Collection

2. Ryerson & Burnham archival finding aids, which are text resources that describe the holdings of our archival collections along with related biographical, administrative and access information.

Finding Aids Collection

3. Digital editions of other architectural image and text resources from the collections of the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries.

Chicago Architectural Sketch Club
Chicago Architects Oral History Project

For example, a keyword search across all collections for "Daniel Burnham" will retrieve portraits of Burnham, archival images of buildings designed by the architect, some correspondence to Burnham, a list of the years in which Burnham participated in the Chicago Architectural Sketch Club competitions, mentions of Burnham from several oral histories, as well as descriptions of Burnham-related archival holdings from all collections.

Given the breadth of collections in this digital archive, you may wish to limit your searches to either image or text collections.

See Also:

Digital Publications
Archives Access Policies


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