Monthly Archives: May 2011


If you are planning on charging books to your shelf or carrel during the Summer, please renew both the shelf/carrel and the books on it by Friday June 3.  Books with green Spring flags will be cleared on Monday June 5.

Now is also a good time to return those books from other Libraries, BorrowDirect books, Interlibrary loan books, and offsite books that you are finished using.  The Service Desk can handle all of them—you do not need to run around campus to return them!

Shelf/carrel renewal forms are available at Avery 229.  Books that you wish to renew or that are no longer needed should be taken to the Service Desk.

New students: Shelf application forms are available at Avery 229 too!




Avery Classics Highlights at May 16th Display of Recent Acquisitions

Amidst treasures from across Avery’s collections, selections from Avery Classics included items from the Herbert Mitchell bequest, early to mid-20th century works on city planning and the modern housing movement in Europe and Latin America,  contemporary artist books on architectural subjects, and an extraordinary display of Japanese architecture and design from the interwar period.



 Prince Friedrich Wilhelm IV  of Prussia.

Grand tour sketchbook of Rome (c. 1828)



Johann Ludwig Mansa. Plans de Jardins dans le gout anglais & instructions dans l’art de distribuer & planters de petits terrains (Copenhagen, 1798)




Jean Jac. Hermes. Architectural Drawings (c. 1762)








–by Carole Ann Fabian, Director, Avery Library

Current Publications Featured in the Avery Library Display of Recent Acquisitions

Judy Chicago with Frances Borzello.

Frida Kahlo: face to face.

Munich; London; New York: Prestel, c2010.

At once deeply personal and brilliantly perceptive, this dynamic reconsideration of the life and work of Frida Kahlo is curated by the prominent feminist artist Judy Chicago, who helped introduce American audiences to Kahlo’s paintings. In this volume Chicago, together with her collaborator, art historian Frances Borzello, has handpicked a selection of Kahlo’s work, a hundred portraits that speak to the full spectrum of women’s experience.


Ansel Adams.

Unseen Ansel Adams: photographs from the Fiat Lux Collection.

San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press, c2010.

Showcases one hundred and eighty rare photographs of the artist’s work for the University of California, including scenes of the campus, the L.A. freeway system, Santa Cruz’s forests, and the Santa Barbara coastline.


Gao Chunmig.

Exquisite fabrics : traditional weaving and embroidery patterns in China.

New York, N Y : Better Link Press, 2010.


Illustrates more than 600 Chinese textile patterns of all types. Includes figure, religious, geometric and allegorical patterns.


High style: masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum

Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of


New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; New Haven,

Conn. : Yale University Press, 2010.


First comprehensive publication on the Brooklyn Museum’s remarkable collection of costumes and accessories.  Presentation of more than two hundred examples drawn from its nearly twenty-four thousand women’s and men’s garments, accessories, hats, and shoes.

–by Chris Sala, Architecture Librarian


Avery Library’s Laura Trujillo Wins Information Services Student Employee of the Year Award

We are pleased to announce that Avery Library’s own Laura Trujillo has won one of the Information Services Student Employee of the Year Awards, presented by the Columbia University Libraries Staff Recognition Committee. 

Laura has worked at Avery Library since her very first days as a Columbia University student and will be graduating with a degree in biology.  Juggling a rigorous pre-med courseload and serving as a crew chief for CAVA, the Columbia University Emergency Medical Service, Laura still found time to excel in her employment at Avery Library, providing excellent service for students, faculty, and staff alike.  While she will be missed here at Avery Library, Laura is moving on to bigger and brighter things as she will be attending the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, in the fall. 

 Please join us in thanking Laura for all her hard work these last four years.

–by Zak Rouse, Access Supervisor

Avery Display of Recent Acquisitions

Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library will host it’s sixth annual Reception & Display of Recent Acquisitions on Monday, May 16th 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

This event showcases some of the most extraordinary, significant and beautiful books, drawings and art works that have been added to Avery collections this past academic year. On view will be selections from: Avery Classics (rare books), Drawings & Archives, Art Properties, and Avery’s research collections in architecture and fine arts. Also included are selections from our colleagues in Area Studies who help Avery build a truly global collection on art and architectural topics from world regions such as Africa, Eurasia, Eastern Europe, South and Southeast Asia among others.

Join us for this once-a-year visual treat and celebration of Avery’s collections!