Repositories in North America

Study by Wren for St Edmund's Church, Lombard Street, London (Collection of Mrs Tweet Kimball)A number of North American libraries, art galleries and private collectors have purchased British topographical and architectural drawings and paintings. See John Harris, A Catalogue of British Drawings for architecture, Decoration, Sculpture and Landscape Gardening, 1500-1900, in American Collections (1971).

In addition some British manuscripts in American collections shed light on building history. Under present law, photocopies or microfilm of all historic manuscripts leaving Britain must be deposited in the British Library. However, manuscripts were exported before that legislation was in place, so the British Library's copy collection is incomplete.

Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, Meyerson Hall, 102, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6311

Collection includes some architectural drawings of:

Canadian Centre for Architecture 1920 Baile Street, Montreal, Quebec

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Has a collection of British topographical prints. Online, searchable catalogue of images.

From Hugh Alley, A Caveat for the City of London, 1598. (Folger Shakespeare Library)Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003-1094

Harvard Law School Library, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Collection: over 1,000 English deeds dating from circa 1170 to 1888, including those of the Hale family of King's Walden (Hertfordshire).

Huntington Library and Art Collections, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, California 91108

Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs

This huge collection of images naturally focuses on the United States, but does include a fewarchitectural and topographical drawings forEngland and Scotland, and old photographsof places in the United Kingdom and Ireland, which can be found via the online catalogue.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum

William Robert Ware studied European architectural education and practice before creating the first architectural curriculum in America in 1868. His collection of English architectural drawings includes works by Alfred Waterhouse, Enoch Bassett Keeling, Thomas Little, and Robert Jewell Withers.

Tufts University, Massachusetts

Edwin C. Bolles collection of publications, maps and images on the history and topography of London, which can be searched online.

University of Chicago Library

Bird's-eye view of Wollaton Hall, Notts, by Jan Siberechts, 1697 (Yale Center for British Art)Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut

Yale: Lewis Walpole Library, 154 Main Street, Farmington, Connecticut