Rare Books and Manuscripts has one of the most important collections of early works on classical and Renaissance architecture in the United States, the Fowler Architectural Collection, which features works by Vitruvius and the five protagonists of the Renaissance: Alberti, Serlio, Vignola, Scamozzi and Palladio. Complementing Laurence Hall Fowler's book collection are most of the working papers from his architectural practice and photographs documenting other architects' work in the area.
The George Peabody Library is strong in the area of British and American domestic architecture of the period 1800 through 1910. The Peabody collection also supplements the Fowler Collection with materials on European architecture from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
The breadth of architectural manuscript material is small, yet includes documents pertaining to the development of the Charles Center complex; the work of functional city-planning in the post-war years; personal diaries; and architect-client correspondence.
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