Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Period of Performance

7/1/2013 - 6/30/2017

Funding Totals (outright + matching)

$300,000.00 (approved)
$300,000.00 (awarded)

SAH Archipedia

FAIN: PW-51312-13

Society of Architectural Historians (NFP) (Chicago, IL 60610-2144)
Gabrielle Esperdy (Project Director: July 2012 to September 2017)

The continuation and expansion of "Archipedia," an online state-by-state resource on architectural history, by commissioning writing teams to document representative buildings from states not yet added to this resource, preparing essays on landscape and settlement/urban settings, and incorporating materials from existing and new print volumes of "Buildings of the United States."

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) seeks funding to complete SAH Archipedia, an online encyclopedia of American architecture, which was created with a $262,881 start up grant from NEH Preservation and Access in 2010. On October 1, 2012 SAH will launch the online encyclopedia in two versions: (1) SAH Archipedia, a subscription resource containing 11,000 illustrated and mapped building histories from 12 print books in the award-winning Buildings of the United States (BUS) series; and (2) SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings, an open-access encyclopedia featuring 100 of the most representative buildings from those 12 states. SAH wants to complete SAH Archipedia and requests funding to hire 37 teams of architectural historians to write histories of the 100 most significant buildings, landscapes and historic settlements/urban settings in each of the states not yet included in SAH Archipedia. In addition, SAH requests funding to add legacy material from 8 print BUS volumes.

Media Coverage

SAH Archipedia: Classic Buildings (Review)
Author(s): Ronald Stigall
Publication: Reference Reviews
Date: 5/1/2014
Abstract: A review of SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings that notes its user-friendly character and its appropriateness for both professionals and nonprofessionals; recommends this resource to public libraries.

Around New England: An Architectural Journey Through Vermont (Media Coverage)
Author(s): William Morgan
Publication: Buildings of Vermont
Date: 5/8/2014
Abstract: Announces the publication of Buildings of Vermont and gives an overview of its scope, along with quotes from an interview with the book's lead author.