Starting Points

American Architects from the First World War to the Present: a Guide to Information Sources

Lawrence Wodehouse (1976)
720.92273016 W838a v.1-2, Stack 4
This two-volume reference work on American architects and their architecture. Selected annotated biographical bibliography of American architects from the period of the Civil War to present (1977). Also included is a building location index.

Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased)

Henry and Elise Withey (1956/1970)
NA736 .W5 1996, Open Shelf
This reference presents biographical and career information on some 2,000 American architects. Coverage ranges from about 1740 to 1952. Entries are alphabetical by last name and include dates of birth and death, city and state of practice, a biographical profile of the architect’s professional career, and references.

History of Chicago (3 vols.)

Alfred T. Andreas 1884-86
F548.3 .A5 1975 v.1-3, Open Shelf
A history of the city of Chicago for the earliest period to the present time (1885). Includes biographical information of the prominent men of the time.

Industrial Chicago: The Building Interests (Vol. 1)

Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1891
338.0977311 I42 v,1 c,2, Stack B
Includes information on architects’ and bulders’ associations, brick and Terra Cotta companies, carpenters, masons, roofers and other construction related laborers, as well as building laws and ordinances.

MacMillan Encyclopedia of Architects 4 Volumes

Adolf K. Placzek (1982)
NA40 .M25 1982 v.1-4, Open Shelf
These four volumes are completely indexed by name of architect and by the name of building. A typical entry includes a biographical statement, a list of works, and a bibliography of source material.

Chicago Architects’ Blue Book; Endorsed by Henry Ives Cobb, Dankmar Adler, and many others.

Milton E. Lowitz and Co. (1900)
720.3 C53a, Stack 4
A complete classified directory of all the construction industries of Chicago, and all architects in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Also includes an index to business classifications.

Cumulative Index of Names and Buildings: the Chicago Architects Oral History Project.

720.97731016 C532 2002, Stack 4
Compiled under the auspices of the Chicago Architects Oral History Project, The Ernest R. Graham Study Center for Architectural Drawings Department of Architecture, The Art Institute of Chicago Contains an index of the Architects that participated in the oral history project.

See also: Chicago Architects Oral History Project Online