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Title: George A. Smathers Libraries information leaflets
Series Title: Architecture and Fine Arts Library
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Creator: George A. Smathers Libraries
Affiliation: University of Floria -- George A. Smathers Libraries
Publisher: George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Floria
Publication Date: 2002
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Subject: University of Florida.   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Bibliographic ID: UF00073866
Volume ID: VID00002
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida

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Architecture and
Fine Arts Library



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he Architecture and Fine Arts Library,
located in Fine Arts Building A, opened
in 1965 with holdings of about 20,000
volumes. Shaped under the influence of Dean
Turpin Bannister, a founder of the Society of
Architect u ral Historians, AFA Library's substan-
tive core collection included unique items rang-
ing from 16th-century imprints to a rare portfolio
of Frank Lloyd Wright drawings. Today, with over
110,000 volumes and an array of other formats,
AFA ranks as one of the largest three visual arts
collections in the southeast and has become an
important university, state, and regional resource.
Besides its resources, the library's unique
space continually impresses visitors. The hall-
mark double-decker carrels, which dominate the
wood-paneled reading room with its 20-foot high
ceiling, have become a minor tourist attraction.
During busy periods this space is enlivened with
the activities of dozens of individuals inspired to
enrich the world through their creative efforts.

Collections
The collections of
AFA Library primarily '
support academic
programs associated with
the College of Design,
Construction and
Planning and the School
of Art and Art History.
In addition to bound
volumes, the library
houses over 1,400 archi-
tectural drawings and
photographs; 20,000
microform units; and
6,000 art post cards. i


The library also houses over 1,000 historic
preservation documents created by the College of
Architecture and several hundred student projects
from landscape and construction disciplines. AFA's
specialized video collection consists of nearly
1,000 cataloged items plus about 500 uncataloged
tapes of visiting speakers or class lectures. AFAs
periodical collection includes about 2,700 titles
with approximately 450 current subscriptions.

Online Resources
.ike many libraries, AFA has employed the
Web to interpret and extend collections and to
enhance services. The AFA Library Website -
http://lvw.uflib.ufl.edulafa is a locus for
substantive information about the library and arts
resources. Accessible via the site are subject
guides containing information about collections,
databases, and Web resources. The site's
Publications page links to several in-house guides
to collections of videos, drawings, projects, and


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reference tools. Linked also are original
Web-based documentary projects such as UF
Builds: The Architecture of the University of
Florida (http://www.uflib.ufl.edulufarchl)
and Art on Campus (http://www.uflib.ufl.
edu/afalpublications/artoncampus.html)
at the University of Florida.

Special Collections
Many of AFA Library's rare materials are
housed in the Departnment of Special and
Area Studies Collections, in order to provide
better access and to preserve the delicate
materials. Included are many unique items
ranging from 16th-century imprints to a rare
portfolio of Frank Lloyd Wright drawings.
These resources complement other arts
resources housed in Smathers Library collect-
ed with the involvement of AFA staff over
the years.


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Archives and Digital Projects
Recently, the Department of Special
and Area Studies Collections received the
extensive archives of EDSA (Edward
Durrell Stone, Jr., Associates), one of the
largest landscape architecture firms in
the U.S., headquartered in Fort Lauderdale.
This collection documents hundreds of
landscape projects in a variety of formats
including original drawings and approxi-
mately 400,000 slides.


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One long-term goal of the library is
to create archives and digital projects
that highlight the artistic and architec-
tural richness of Florida and the partic-
ular achievements of Floridians. One
current project, collaboration with the
Digital Library Center, is the digitization
of the complete collection of Florida
Architect. The AFA Library is the only
institution that holds all issues of the
journal.


COVER PHOTO: The library's hallmark double-
decker carrels dominate the wood-paneled
reading room with its 20-foot high ceilings.


The AFA Library is funded primarily by the
George A. Smathers Libraries, however, donor
opportunities are available. For information on
supporting the Architecture and Fine Arts
Library, contact Sandra Melching, director of
development, at (352) 392-0342.



For more information on the Architecture and
Fine Arts Library contact:

Ann Lindell, head librarian
Architecture and Fine Arts Library
University of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 111017
Gainesville, FL 32611-1017
(352) 392-0222
email: annlind@mail.uflib.ufl.edu

Architecture and Fine Arts Library Web site:
http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/afa/







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