Charles Moore Library

Charles Moore’s architectural library is housed at the Moore/Andersson Compound in Austin.

 

Completely cataloged and shelved in its original condition, the 4,500 volume Moore Library can be searched on UTNetCat.

 

The Charles Moore Foundation welcomes students, scholars, and the public to make use of the library. Students at the University of Texas may request books via UTNetCat.  (Books will be brought to campus for use in Battle Hall. Volumes may not be used outside of the library.) Students and members of the public may also visit the library at the Charles Moore Foundation. 

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Colin Rowe Library

In 2001 Colin Rowe's family entrusted the care of his fine architectural library to the Charles Moore Foundation and the University of Texas at Austin. Housed in its own space at the Moore/Andersson Compound, the 2,500 volume library has been kept intact as a collection, shelved according to Rowe's preferences. The library has been completely cataloged, and is searchable as a collection on UTNetCat. Emblematic of Rowe’s scholarship and teaching, the library encompasses architecture, urban design, fine art, history, theory, and philosophy.

 

The Charles Moore Foundation welcomes students, scholars, and the public to make use of the library. Students at the University of Texas may request books via UTNetCat.  (Books will be brought to campus for use in Battle Hall. Volumes may not be used outside of the library.) Students and members of the public may also visit the library at the Charles Moore Foundation. 

 

Simply submit an Appointment Request to schedule a visit.

Right: Colin Rowe's library is shelved in the Main Studio at the Moore/Andersson Compound. Rowe's family and colleagues have also contributed special items such as his prized Victorian Era mechanical reading chair and his Adler typewriter on which he wrote many of his books, essays, and letters. University of Texas School of Architecture students contribute the scale model of Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation. Alan Heller donated a set of chairs designed by Mario Bellini. Kurt Hanson of ICF contributed the Danish tables that can be assembled into a ring for conferences.  

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Leland Burns Library

Leland Burns was an economist, urban planner, and musician who taught at the University of California Los Angeles and Cambridge University.

The Burns House collections includes material on art, architecture, economics, musicology, as well as music manuscripts.

A high school intern from the Philadelphia Germantown Friends School will start cataloging the music manuscript collection in January 2023. Once the library and collections are catalogued, students, scholars, and residents will be able to study volumes.

 

The library is shelved throughout the Burns House in Santa Monica Canyon, a resource for visiting architects, designer, and musicians.

Right: The Burns House tower study with a scale model of an early scheme. The late Richard Peters' lighting design included a set of Smoot Holman lamps arranged in a Goldilocks pattern.

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Special Collections

The Charles Moore Foundation cares for libraries and archival materials contributed by friends and colleagues.

 

• Hal Box Collection of Latin American Architecture

• Robert "Bobby" Cadwallader Collection of 20th-Century Design

 

The Charles Moore Foundation gratefully accepts contributions of books, particularly in the areas of architecture, landscape, urbanism, history, and music. If you would like to contribute books, please reach out via email.

Right: Items from the Cadwallader collection include the Museum of Modern Art Mies van der Rohe large format folio, the metallic covered MoMA Mies van der Rohe catalog, and an early Knoll International textile brochure.

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How to Contribute Books and Manuscripts

The Charles Moore Foundation gratefully accepts contributions of books, particularly in the areas of architecture, landscape, urbanism, history, and music. If you would like to contribute books, please reach out via email.

Right: Eden Box contributed important books about the Hispanic Americas from her late husband Hal Box's library.

Margie Shackelford contributed the Arbor de la Vida made in Metepec, Mexico. The Bauhaus designer Herbert Bayer's "Triangulation" (1970) is from the Keim Collection.

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