University of Oregon Architecture and Allied Arts Library
Architecture and Allied Arts Library
Above: Architect Erich Mendelsohn lectures at the School of Architecture and Allied Arts in January 1953.
The Architecture and Allied Arts Library is a major center for art and architectural information in the Pacific Northwest. Occupying three floors of Lawrence Hall, the library's unique, sunlit spaces and seating arrangements provide a welcoming environment for its users. A hallmark of AAA Library is a two-story reading room named after Marion Dean Ross, whose bequest has enabled the development of a rich collection of rare architectural history books.
The A&AA Library's collections primarily support the diverse academic programs associated with the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Read more about the scope and content of A&AA Library's collections. Complementing this collection are large holdings of art and architecture titles in Knight Library and the UO Portland Library and Learning Commons. Important collections of architectural archives and drawings are housed in the UO Libraries' Special Collections & University Archives.
In April 2014, new spaces on the third floor opened featuring a reading room, a student collaboration room, four computer workstations, and spaces for special collections and general collection growth.
Carl Heilborn: Designs for Film
On exhibit in A&AA Library through fall term are original watercolors for movie sets by Carl Westdahl Heilborn. Heilborn was born in Astoria in 1906. He studied art and architecture at the University of Oregon, and one of his student works was featured in winter term exhibit, Drawn to Design, in Knight Library. In 1930, he moved to Los Angeles and attended the Chouinard Art Institute on a fellowship. From 1935 to 1949 he worked as a set designer for Universal Studios and 20th Century Fox. The exhibit features designs for the films In Old Chicago, White Hunter, and One Way Street. More about the exhibit ...
Left: Design for In Old Chicago.
Past exhibits: Drawn to Design (historic architecture student drawings); Selections from the Wasmuth Portfolio (Frank Lloyd Wright); Erich Mendelsohn: The Oregon Sketches; Color: A Magic Power (Josef Albers); Spotlight on a Legacy (A&AA Centennial)
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