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(UC access only) contains over ONE million images --not just art, but architecture, design, botany, history, anthropology, ect.



over 77,000 images of architecture, urban planning, landscapes and gardens


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The Architecture and Urban Planning Collection

Collection includes current photographs of the built environment, historic photographs, architecture plans, drawings, and blueprints with a focus on images related to Cincinnati. Some highlights include Aronoff Center for Design and Art, Cincinnati Modernist architecture, and Cincinnati Preservation Association’s slides (photographed over a 40 year span). Besides Cincinnati there are many images of urban planning projects from China, Africa, Europe, and the United States. For information on contributing images to the collection, please consult with Elizabeth Meyer


DAAP Digital Image Teaching Collection

A collection of core images that support the DAAP curriculum. This collection is restricted to educational use by UC faculty, students, and staff. You must be using the UC network to view this collection.


Alice Weston Great Houses

Alice Weston photographed many of the houses in this collection in the 1990s for the publication Great Houses of the Queen City : Two Hundred Years of Historic and Contemporary Architecture and Interiors in Cincinnati, text by Walter E. Langsam, 1997. Collection includes not only the photographs seen the book, but many more interior and exterior views as well as other properties not included in the publication.


Terrace Plaza Hotel

Collection includes drawings and plans of the Terrace Plaza Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. The hotel was designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill and was the first building to bring widespread acclaim to that firm. 


Phil Foster Collection

 Phil Foster (1915-1999), born in Elsmere, Kentucky, was a painter and art educator. He received his BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1933 and an honorary doctorate in 1986. He was an instructor at the University of Cincinnati from 1947 to 1986 in the College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning.


Robert A. Deshon Courthouses Collection

A collection of courthouses photographed by architect and UC professor Robert A. Deshon (1915-2007). Locations include Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia. 

Contact Elizabeth Meyer, Visual Resources Librarian 


Elizabeth Meyer