USModernist Library

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The USModernist library is the largest open digital collection of major US 20th-century architecture magazines with approximately 2.1 million searchable, downloadable pages - all free to access. 

All across America, old architecture magazines are left rotting in attics, basements, libraries, and offices - if they haven't already been thrown away. In their day, these publications chronicled the best of Modernist architecture and the era's talented, progressive architects.  Many of these mid-century Modernist architects and original Modernist clients have died.  The rest are rapidly passing away. The houses are largely forgotten -- and often needlessly destroyed. Often there are few or no records easily available.

Access to legacy publications has never been more critical for preservation, and today's architects, realtors, owners, sellers, and buyers don't have an easy way to research and view magazine coverage, especially from the early to mid-20th century - until now.

You can help build this breakthrough documentation project by contacting us to:
a) point out dead links or link errors
b) contribute missing magazines (here's the list)
c) contribute better scans of magazines we already have

donate so we can acquire more magazines (tax-deductible)
e) become a USModernist research sponsor (tax-deductible)

Click a logo to view that publication's magazines in PDF format.  In Windows, right-click to save and download.  The magazine files are large.  Depending on your connection speed, access may take a few minutes.

Major magazine donors include: Atomic Ranch, AIA New York, Michael Raso, the Palm Springs Museum of Art, Cranbrook, the Baltimore Museum of Art, AIA Chicago, AIA National, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Ben Taylor, Smith Sinnett, Duda Paine, Smithsonian Institution, and Clark Nexsen/Raleigh.