The following resources are databases which provide digital images of the built environment. Some of these are part of the University of Oregon Libraries' collections and some are available on the free web.
Includes over 1,000,000 digital images of architecture, landscape architecture, and decorative arts among the 2,000,000 images of cultural objects. Software functions include zoom and special downloading features. Includes 60,000 contemporary architecture images from Archivision. Users can upload images and create custom folders.
Provides approximately 25,000 images with accompanying documentation about the architectural heritage of the Pacific Northwest with special emphasis on Oregon’s historic sites and built environment. A significant number of images come from slides donated to the UO Libraries. As a result of continuing collaboration with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, many items represent works listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Large-scale, detailed, black & white maps of 177 Oregon towns and cities, as well as municipalities in California, Washington, and Idaho
Originally created for fire insurance purposes, Sanborn maps have become a valuable tool for studying the history, growth, and development of cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Users can pan and zoom as well as download PDF versions of each sheet. The MAP Library also has paper versions of many of these maps.
This database for international architecture, originally emerging from records of interesting building projects from architecture students, has meanwhile become the largest online-database about worldwide architects and buildings from past to present. archINFORM includes information over more than 81000 built and unrealized projects from various architects and planners.
Selected from the world-class historical collections of the Archives, most of these unique photographs, maps, documents, motion picture and audio recordings are being made accessible for the first time.
Giuseppe Vasi’s Grand Tour presents an innovative geo-database (geographic database) and website that references the work of two 18th century masters of Roman topography: Giambattista Nolli (1701-1756), who published the first accurate map of Rome (La Pianta Grande di Roma, 1748); and his contemporary Giuseppe Vasi (1710-1782), whose comprehensive documentation of the city and its monuments, especially in Delle Magnificenze di Roma antica e moderna, published from 1747-1761, establishes him as one of Rome’s great topographers. Created by UO's Jim Tice and Erik Steiner.