Architecture & Design Collection

Research, Rights and Reproductions

Please contact to make an appointment.

Masks will need to be worn at all times in the Research Room.

ADC Reference

The Architecture and Design Collection is open by appointment only to researchers wishing to view the collections. The collection is open to all members of the University of California community, as well as scholars, architects, landscape architects, preservationists, and the general public. Staff members will provide assistance in determining which materials are appropriate for specific research projects and will also refer researchers to other resources on and off campus.


All ADC collections are organized by architect, landscape architect, firm, designer, or photographer. To do research or find a project, the name of the records creator is one of the essential pieces of information we need in order for us to be able to tell you whether we have relevant material for your research.

Within each collection materials for a particular project are organized not by address or location BUT BY CLIENT OR PROJECT NAME. Client name can be an individual, corporate entity, or organization. Project titles also vary from the name of a theater, office building, or hospital.

Some of our collections are very large, containing dozens of boxes or hundreds of flat files of architectural drawings.  Our collection materials are organized into finding aids which categorize and alphabetize the materials in an arrangement or series.

All of our Finding Aids can be found on the Online Archive of California. The Online Archive of California is an online portal which provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 institutions (including libraries, special collections, and archives, among others). You can use the search feature to search either our entire archive, or a specific collection to help narrow down your search.


Research appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday, 9–12 pm, and 1–4 pm. Please request materials at least one week in advance; all materials are paged prior to your visit, due to our small staff we cannot page additional materials during your visit. Additionally, some materials are stored off-site, and may require extra time to retrieve.

A campus map with parking and walking instructions will be emailed to you once you set up an appointment. Allow up to 15 minutes for parking and walking to the archive. If you have mobility issues, please check with staff for alternative parking arrangements.

During your Visit

The items in the ADC are fragile, and require special handling. Please make sure your hands are clean (restrooms are available behind the museum), and that you handle the large materials with care. NO PENS are allowed in the research room, pencils are available for use. You may bring a notebook or laptop to record your notes, but all other personal items must be stored away from the research table. You may use a camera to take picture of the material; any photographs taken are only to be used for personal research, not for commercial purposes. Cell phones must either be muted or placed in "airplane mode."

Food and drink are not allowed in the Research Room. You may bring bottles of water, but they must be consumed outside. 

Most of the large architectural drawings are very fragile. Please keep the items flat on the table and ask for assistance in moving large drawings. Most of our photographs are in protective sleeves. Do not remove photographs from these sleeves!

Contact Us

Contact the Architecture and Design Collection for reference assistance, to schedule research appointments, and for Rights and Reproductions inquiries:


There is no fee to visit the ADC Research Room, however, if you wish to have high resolution copies made of any materials, please contact the ADC staff or download our Reproduction and Service Fees to view our Rights and Reproductions pricing for publication.

Architecture and Design Collection


Irving Gill, Darst house (San Diego, Calif.) 1907
(Irving Gill papers)

Kem Weber, Art Center (Los Angeles, Calif.) 1934
(Kem Weber papers)