Service of Architectural Drawings
Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress,
Washington, D.C., 20540-4730
Warning: Service of these materials may take time; be selective.
P&P's architectural drawings are in a variety of conditions and
housings. Most drawings need labor-intensive handling and rehousing,
and it may take up to ten working days to prepare items for service.
Patrons are urged to read carefully finding aid descriptions identifying
individual drawings and request only those drawings which are crucial
for their research. (The more drawings requested, the longer the wait!)
Once you have completed your call slips, wait until the Reading Room
staff is able to tell you whether the drawings will be served that day
or if it will be necessary to set up an appointment for future service.
If the drawings cannot be served while you wait, staff will work with
you to arrange a mutually convenient time to serve and view them.
Once Material is Served:
Please plan to take notes regarding the material (e.g., dimensions,
captions, photoreproduction numbers) when you are viewing it, so that
the material does not have to be pulled again. Use of a simple hand-held
camera without flash to record specific drawings is also useful for later
Photographic copies (8x10" and larger black & white prints,
and 2x2" or 4x5" color transparencies) of P&P's architectural
drawings are available through the Library
of Congress Duplication Services. The quality of the copy will
vary depending on the quality of the original. Full size diazo-process
copies are not available. In most cases, a $20 surcharge for the
handling of fragile items will be added to the cost of photoduplication.
Prepared by: Prints and Photographs Division, last revised November