The Frances Loeb Library supports and enhances the educational programs, curriculum development and research activities of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) as an integral component of the School’s mission to prepare and advance individuals in professional and academic careers concerned with the making of built environments. Library provides access to a comprehensive collection documenting the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design.
Harvard University Graduate School of Design Frances Loeb Library
Exhibition "Energy Power Shaping the American Landscape". ©Harvard University GSD
Special Collections Reading Room. ©Harvard University GSD
Feminine Power and the Making of Modern Architectural History
Exhibition "Feminine Power and the Making of Modern Architectural History" organized by Women in Design (WiD). ©Harvard Univeristy GSD
Exhibition "Design and the Just City", 2018. ©Harvard University GSD
CollectionThe archival collections at Graduate School of Design (GSD) consist of primary source materials that further academic research in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning, both within the GSD and beyond Harvard University. These materials, individually and collectively, offer engaging documentation of design history, theory, and practice. The over 165 archival collections include drawings, texts, photographs, models, and digital media, and are part of our Special Collections (which also includes a rare book collection, a visual collection both with still and moving images, a materials collection, and a dedicated Le Corbusier research collection). Among our archival collections are The Kenzo Tange Archive, The Alison & Peter Smithson Archive, The Papers of Dan Kiley, The Josep Lluis Sert Collection, The Jorge Ferrari Hardoy Archive, The Edward Larrabee Barnes Collection, and The Archigram Magazine and Ephemera Collection. All collections are indexed in the library catalog, and many collections have online finding aids that include open access to digitized content. A listing of all our archival collections, with links to the library catalog and finding aids is included here: http://guides.library.harvard.edu/gsd/archives
Library HoldingsThe general collection of the Frances Loeb Library includes some 300.000 titles in architecture, and its allied design disciplines. The library collects materials in a diversity of media from print to digital publications, as well as statistical and GIS data, in addition to the special collections.