USModernist Library

USModernist Library


The USModernist® Library is the world's largest open digital collection of major US 20th-century architecture magazines with approximately 2.6 million 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. 

Access to legacy publications has never been more critical for preservation, and now architects, realtors, owners, sellers, and buyers have an easy way to research 20th-century architecture magazine coverage.

If you have old architecture and design magazines in your attic, basement, office, or library, we will take them, scan them, and make them available to the public.  We'll even pay for shipping, if you check with us first.  Email george@usmodernist.org or call 919.740.8407.

Contact us to:
a) Report link errors
b) Contribute magazines we need (here's the list)
c) Contribute better scans of magazines we already have
d) Donate funds to acquire more magazines
e) Sponsor the Library


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Major donors include: Atomic Ranch, AIA New York, AIA Virginia, AIA Chicago, AIA North Carolina, AIA National, the Savannah College of Art and Design, Robert Keil, Julie Taylor, Michael Raso, the Palm Springs Museum of Art, Cranbrook, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Ben Taylor, Smith Sinnett, Christine Madrid French, the Smithsonian Institution, and Clark Nexsen.