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Architecture: Historic Preservation

A guide to basic print and online resources at Ricker Library for students of architecture and historic preservation.

The words "HISTORIC PRESERVATION" are pictured in large white font against a blue background. Superimposed are two images; one of a set of ruins outdoors, another from an architectural detail on an interior. At the top of the banner, "Ricker Library", "Subject Guide", and "University of Illinois" appear in small white font.

About This Guide

This guide is meant to be a general overview of library resources on historic preservation for architecture students. The majority of the resources listed here are resources available through the Ricker Library, though there are other materials available online and throughout the University of Illinois library system. There are also professional resources to learn more about the field and to find inspiration. This guide is meant to serve as a basic starting point for your research needs. In addition to sharing resources, the guide is also intended to demonstrate basic research strategies so that students are comfortable searching within the library's catalog and databases. 

Please feel free to reach out to us about any questions, feedback, and suggestions you might have! 

Land Acknowledgment

We would like to begin our guide by recognizing and acknowledging that we, at the University of Illinois Libraries, are on the lands of the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Odawa, Sauk, Mesquaki, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Chickasaw Nations. These lands were the traditional territory of these Native Nations prior to their forced removal; these lands continue to carry the stories of these Nations and their struggles for survival and identity.

As a land-grant institution, the University of Illinois has a particular responsibility to acknowledge the peoples of these lands, as well as the histories of dispossession that have allowed for the growth of this institution for the past 150 years. We are also obligated to reflect on and actively address these histories and the role that this university has played in shaping them. This acknowledgement and the centering of Native peoples is but a start as we move forward for the next 150 years.

(From the Office of the Chancellor, as recommended by the Native American House) 

As you begin your research, do note that all research, teaching, display, imaging, and circulation of University of Illinois NAGPRA materials and collections without tribal permission is prohibited. Find more detailed information in the NAGPRA procedures.

Fair Use Guidelines

Materials accessed in this guide are provided for personal and/or scholarly use. Users are responsible for obtaining any copyright permissions that may be required for their own further uses of that material.  For more information about fair use please refer to the College Art Association Code of Best Practices in Fair Use in the Visual Arts.