The Ricker Library of Architecture and Art supports the teaching and research of the faculty and students in the School of Architecture which offers the following degrees:
The library supports research and teaching for each of the degrees. It supports the needs of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, the teaching faculty, and many visiting researchers.
Titles are acquired that support the curricular and/or research needs of faculty and students.
The architecture collection was begun in 1873 by Nathan Clifford Ricker, who was in charge of the Department of Architecture from 1872-1910 and was Dean of the College of Engineering from 1878-1905. Dr. Ricker was, from the first, a guiding factor in the development of the library. One of his first acts as head of the department was to establish a $500 book budget. At first housed in Dr. Ricker's office, the Ricker Library by 1920 took up the entire north wing of the top floor of Engineering Hall and was the second largest architecture library in the country. The collection was moved to the new Architecture and Kindred Subjects building in 1928, when there were over 8,000 volumes, including bound periodicals, and about 12,000 lantern slides in the collection. During this year art resources were added to the collection for courses in the Department of Art and Design.
50,000 volumes in Ricker Library and the Bookstacks in the Dewey class of 720s.
One of the largest and most respected architecture libraries in the United States. Serves as a state and regional resource in architecture. Particularly strong in long runs of early architecture periodicals, materials on Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School, and early architectural treatises. Nathan C. Ricker's translations of architectural treatises are among the prize possessions of the library.
Ricker Library of Architecture & Art.
Ricker Library holds the most current monographs, items in high demand, and those needed for course reserves. Due to space limitations, Ricker usually only contains the last five years of journals currently received. The Main Library Stacks contains the bulk of the extensive historical collection including rare and complete runs of 19th century journals and the remainder of the book collection. The Oak Street facility holds materials consulted infrequently.
Connally, Ernest Allen. Printed Books on Architecture. 1485-1805: A Brief History and a Catalog of the Exhibition. Urbana Adah Patton Memorial Fund, the College of Fine and Applied Arts, and the Department of Architecture, 1960.
Curtis, Nathaniel Cortland. The Ricker Librarv of Architecture, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1920. (University of Illinois Bulletin, v. XVII, No. 29)
Davis, Fern DeBeck. "Ricker Library of Architecture," Special Libraries 29:4 (April 1938): 106-08.
Downs, pp. 17, 19, 107, 317, 381.
Kruty, Paul. "Nathan Clifford Ricker: Establishing Architecture at the University of Illinois," in No Boundaries: University of Illinois Vignettes. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004, pp. 3-14.
Major, pp. 26, 83, 147.
Quinn, Christopher. "Nathan Clifford Ricker: translator and educator," in Arris 11(2000): 40-54.
Ridinger, Miriam. History of the Ricker Library of Architecture. 1873-1951. 1952 (Unpubl.)
We collect English and major Western European languages extensively. Slavic languages collected by the Slavic Library; Asian by the Asian Library. Place of Publications: We collect North American imprints and important Western European publications extensively.
Although some preference is given to English-language materials, scholarly texts are acquired in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Texts in other languages are acquired when the scholarship is compelling, the author is reputed, the publisher well-established, and there is a dearth of material on the subject in English.
No restrictions. A developing interest in vernacular architecture includes native building of Africa, Central and South America as well as European countries.
The treatment ranges from the highly scholarly and technical to introductory and popular works suitable for undergraduate instruction. The subject matter of the collection includes the following:
The Library collects as comprehensively as the available resources permit. Some of the factors that could adversely affect acquisitions are: devaluation of the dollar abroad, budget restrictions, the addition of new faculty and/or new academic programs without compensatory library support, and the availability of titles.
We collect scholarly monographs, exhibition catalogs, catalogue raisonnés, museum catalogs, periodicals, reference tools, annuals and scholarly series extensively in print and or digital formats. Microforms, dissertations, CD-ROMS, reprints, are acquired very selectively. We do not collect newspapers, manuscripts, juvenile materials, maps, posters, slides or prints.
Below is a table that lists specific subject subdivisions within the collection. Each row in the table lists a specific subject subdivision, followed by three columns noting: Collection Strength, Primary Assignments and Secondary Assignments. The Existing Collecting Strength column notes how well the existing collection covers that topic on a 1 to 5 scale with 5 being very strong. The Primary Assignments column lists departmental libraries that have the greatest collection intensity of subject materials, respectively. In the case of 2 or more libraries listed, the collection intensity is comparable. The Secondary Assignments column list departmental libraries where additional materials may be found.
|SUBJECT SUBDIVISIONS||EXISTING STRENGTH||PRIMARY ASSIGNMENTS||SECONDARY ASSIGNMENTS|
|Architectural Theory & Design||3||Architecture|
|Building Technology & Construction||3||Architecture|
|Codes & Standards||3||Architecture|
Revision Date: January 2007