Library

MagazinesWelcome to the USModernist┬« Library, the world's largest open digital collection of major US 20th-century architecture magazines, with over 3 million downloadable pages - all free to access. 

All across America, old architecture magazines are left rotting in attics, basements, libraries, and offices - if they haven't already been thrown away. In their day, these publications chronicled the best of Modernist architecture and the era's talented, progressive architects. Many of these mid-century Modernist architects and original Modernist clients have died. The rest are rapidly passing away. The houses are largely forgotten -- and often needlessly destroyed.  Access to legacy publications has never been more critical for preservation, and now architects, realtors, owners, sellers, and buyers have an easy way to research 20th-century architecture magazine coverage.

If you have old architecture and design magazines in your attic, basement, office, or library, we will scan them and make them available to the public - searchable, printable, and downloadable.  We'll even pay for shipping and/or provide boxes. Email George Smart at george@usmodernist.org or call 919.740.8407.

Contact us to:
a) Report link errors
b) Contribute magazines we need (here's the overall list, or check against specific magazines, below)
c) Donate funds to acquire more magazines
d) Sponsor the Library

Major donors include: Smithsonian Institution, Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation, University of Hawai'i Manoa, Atomic Ranch, Philip Kennedy-Grant, AIA New York, AIA Virginia, AIA Chicago, AIA North Carolina, AIA National, Savannah College of Art and Design, Palm Springs Museum of Art, Cranbrook, Baltimore Museum of Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Ben Taylor, Christine Madrid French, Robert Keil, Julie Taylor, Michael Raso, and Bill Ruggieri.


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To find a specific Modernist house, put the architect name in quotes, plus the owner's last name:  "richard neutra" chuey.  To find a specific address, omit the street type (Rd, Dr, Way) and put in quotes, plus the city: "1502 Sharon" Charlotte.  This search includes all magazines plus all content on usmodernist.org.

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Other Resources:

Shelter * Royal Architectural Institute Of Canada Journal

Esoteric Modernist Magazines 1890-1939

Smithsonian Design Museum (aka Cooper Hewitt) Online Collection

The Charles Kahn Interviews: 1970's audio with internationally-known architects and engineers

The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Video Archive: artists, musicians, architects, designers, photographers, directors, actors, writers, and art collectors during the 1970's and 1980's. Also on YouTube.

Architect Charles Vaseff filmed the Boston Government Center in 1968 plus a video presentation on Wright