Architectural Resource Center

Architectural Resource Center

The Architectural Resource Center and Hatch Reading Room are in Marvin Hall along with design studios, several classrooms, offices for architecture, design and planning faculty, woodworking and metal shops, computer labs, and critique spaces on each floor. Donald E. and Mary Boyle Hatch Architectural Reading Room is located in room 407 Marvin Hall. 

Links and descriptions to the collections:

Art & Cultural Heritage>>

“The Art & Cultural Heritage collection contains art history, historical, and cultural images from collections located at, or licensed by, the University of Kansas. It includes diverse images, such as art objects, architectural images, historical documents and photographs, and archaeological specimens. The images are intended primarily for teaching and research. This collection contains several smaller, special collections that also are listed separately, may be searched separately, and which are open to the public: Spencer Museum of Art (17,000 images), Kansas Collection Photographs (550 images), Kansas City Aerial Photographs (300 images), Kansas City Hopewell Collection (1,700 images), and Florence Nightengale Letters (300 images). It also includes images from the Visual Resource Center of the KU Dept. of the History of Art (12,000 images), art history images licensed from Saskia, Inc. (27,000 images), architectural images from Archivision, Inc. (28,000 images), and images to accompany Stokstad's Art History (3rd ed., 2008) (1,450 images) -- all of which may be viewed only by KU students, faculty and staff.”


“The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with a suite of software tools for teaching and research. Features include: searching, browsing, & organizing images; adding images; presenting images; and integrating with courseware. For more information on the collections contained in ArtStor, please see ARTstor's Collections information page>>. Faculty who wish to have instructor privileges to save and manipulate personal collections of images on this site, please contact to set up an instructor level account.

Amos Rapoport Image Collection of Vernacular Design>>

“The Amos Rapoport Image Collection of Vernacular Design is the largest publically accessible digital image collection focused on vernacular architecture in the world. This collection of over 30,000 images, taken from the private slide collection of eminent vernacular architecture scholar, Amos Rapoport, include works of vernacular architecture from more than 70 countries. The images in this collection, each one taken by Professor Rapoport himself, represent over a half-century of travel to all corners of the world—from great cities to isolated villages. Professor Rapoport generously donated this collection to the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning to be digitized and made available to students, scholars and enthusiasts of vernacular architecture worldwide.“