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Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
A comprehensive index of journal articles published worldwide from 1934 to the present on architectural design and history but coverage as well of real estate development, sports facilities, commercial buildings, city planning, urban design, environmental studies, historic preservation, landscape architecture, and archeology.
Academic Search Premier
Multi-disciplinary database which includes a large collection of peer-reviewed journals in many areas of academic study including: archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, ethnic & multicultural studies, law, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and other fields.  Coverage varies, but begins in the 1990s for most journals.
Art Index Retrospective
This archival database features high-quality indexing of historical literature on a variety of art topics from the years 1929 to 1984. Chronicling over half a century of art literature, it covers fine, decorative, and commercial art. Art Index Retrospective contains hundreds of titles from feature articles, interviews, film reviews, book reviews, bibliographies, exhibition listings, conference reports, anthologies, and editorials.
Database of more than 1,000,000 digital images representing visual and material culture across cultures and time periods. Documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design, as well as many other forms of visual culture. ARTstor tools enable the ability to save groups of images online for personal and classroom use. IC's Visual Resources Collection (VRC) of over 20,000 images is now available. Look for the Ithaca College-Visual Resouces Collection link in the lower middle section of the page.
JSTOR provides access to academic journals and primary sources in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)
Covers European and American art from late antiquity to the present. It indexes and abstracts books, conference proceedings and dissertations, exhibition and dealer's catalogs, and articles from more than 2,500 periodicals.  1973 - present*Please note that BHA has moved from the CSA platform to the Getty Research Institute.
Oxford Art Online
Covers every aspect of the visual arts from prehistoric times to the present. Search by styles and cultures, time period, and geographic region. Includes access to the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, and the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Also provides access to 5,000 images through partnerships with organizations such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, Art Resource, and international galleries and individual artists. Search for images and biographies - images are also accessible through links embedded within articles, or by clicking a tab at the top of articles entitled Images.
WorldCat via FirstSearch
WorldCat via FirstSearch provides bibliographic information for over 41 million books and multimedia owned by libraries worldwide.

Additional Collections

Built in America (Historic American Buildings Survey & Historic American Engineering Record)
These collections document America's built environment in multiformat surveys comprising more than 350,000 measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written histories for more than 35,000 historic structures and sites dating from Pre-Columbian times to the twentieth century.
HathiTrust Digital Library
A collaborative project of several research-level academic libraries across the United States, HathiTrust is a digital repository for scanned books and other digital materials similar to Google Books.  In some cases, books that are only available in snippet view through Google Books are available in full text at HathiTrust.

Historical Abstracts
Abstracts to world history 1450-present (excluding North America) in historical and (related) social science literature.
An index drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. GreenFILE provides a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment. Nearly 300,000 records (full text for selected titles) from scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports.
Pidgeon Digital: Seminal Ideas from the World's Greatest Architects
Prelinger Archives
Over 48,000 films, 90 old time radio audio clips, 2,000 game videos, 250 independent news clips and much more (including educational films, cimmercials, stock footage, advertisements and industry films)

Campus Buildings

For historical information about the buildings on campus, visit the Ithaca College Library Archives,  on the 5th floor of the Gannett Center. 
Monday - Wednesday: 2 - 4 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 12 pm
and by appointment ( (607) 274-3096 or email )

Keep in mind that when the buildings on campus were first designed and constructed, they may have had an entirely different nomenclature than they do now.  For instance, Hammond Health Center was simply referred to as the Infirmary shortly after it was built.  For basic facts about the south campus buildings (date built, etc.) , see this chart.
Also, search earlier  issues of the Ithaca Journal (on microfilm).   At this time, there is no index to the Ithaca Journal, but you may use the microfilm readers in the library to browse through the relevant time periods.

Please use our online Ithacan (IC's student newspaper) to find articles covering construction of buildings on campus.  The following is a sample of the sort of articles you might find:
Ithaca College Buildings

Contact Us

picture of Jennifer Richards
Fine Arts Librarian
(607) 274-1199

Ithaca Green Buildings

Semiannually, the Ithaca Green Buildng Alliance, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and Cornell Cooperative Extension host open houses of local energy efficient homes and commercial spaces.  To see some of the local green building initiatives, take a look at CCE's Green Buildings Open House, and browse through the houses featured in past years.