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Architecture Resources

Guide to architecture resources at UH

Find Materials and Maps

The Architecture and Art Library collection is rich in information about building materials.  To locate books, patrons may browse section TA 403 or search the library's catalog using any of the following search terms:

  • Building materials
    • Building materials -- Conservation
    • Building materials -- Environmental aspects
    • Building materials -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
    • Building materials -- History
  • Glass
  • Green products
  • Materials
    • Materials -- Technological innovations
  • Materials science
  • Plastics
  • Wood

When searching for specific materials, use a specialized database, such as Material ConneXion (at left), Avery Index to Architecture Periodicals or one of the civil engineering databases.  

Finding Maps

UH patrons may access digital maps, as well as printed maps in the UH Libraries' collections.  

Digital maps include the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (see box at left), as well as U.S. government and other electronic maps, which may be found in the UH Library Catalog.  

There are many geophysical maps in the basement of the M.D. Anderson Library.  Ask for assistance at the service desk located on that floor or at the entrance.  

The Department of Special Collections also houses maps depicting many areas in different time periods, as well as the Houston Subdivision Plat Maps Collection.  

Search for maps in the UH Library Catalog by identifying the library and format, as illustrated below: