Berkeley, CA: Berkely Environmental Design Library

Visit: Spoke first with the Environmental Design Librarian, David Eifler, and then with Miranda Hambro, who is the Assistant Curator of the EDArchives. The Archives are funded by the University (rather than library) so somewhat detached.

They have collected archives mostly of architects and landscape architects that have been associated with Berkeley or northern California. About 2/3 of the archives are housed on campus, and 1/3 are in their Richmond storage facility.

The Environmental Design Archives website lists all of their archival collections.Those that are unprocessed do not contain links to description pages, but are still listed as acquisitions. Most of the them are processed, In every case there is an overview, which then links through to a digital finding aid (if there is one) and a project index. The project index is especially useful. It consists of a downloadable excel spreadsheet which lists every project, with client name and other details. The index sheet information is not indexed, however, so that in order find a particular project the user would need to know the associated architect to pull the spreadsheet.

All of the digitized collections are included in the Online Archive of California , and eventually will also be loaded to ArchivGrid at OCLC (slow to load). WorldCat will show where all or parts of an archive are located.

EDA does have some physical models, but they are difficult to store and maintain. Often they are discarded.

They have not digitized all of the collections proper, but will do so when someone requests a particular group. The priorities they apply are to digitize first the high use collections, and secondly those where they have copyright clearance.

We visited Jason Miller, who directs the Visual Resources Center. Departmental collections started in the early 1900s. Has some 50,000 lantern slides, and approximately 250,000 35mm slides. They are digitizing on request, and about 90k are digitized. The only images that have been cataloged online are those that have been digitized. Spiro database – done for teaching. Prints and photos – about 30,000. Both b/w and coor – mounted for display and study. They are all dupliates of images in the slide collection, and reflect course content. They purchased some of them from ESTO (the Ezra Stoller images). They have contributed about 30K images to ArtSTOR, but these are available only to the other UC campuses. They have slides of student work.