Fine Arts Library

Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture


Aga Khan Fund book plate.

The Documentation Center of the Aga Khan Program at the Fine Arts Library, a part of the Aga Khan Program at Harvard and MIT, was established in 1979 by a gift from H.H. the Aga Khan to support teaching and research on the history of art and architecture in Islamic societies.

The program funds acquisitions and cataloging, as well as research and reference services. It has helped build comprehensive collections that combine visual and printed documentation on the art, architecture, archaeology, and epigraphy of the Islamic world.  The library collects publications in all languages and formats in this subject area. The Aga Khan Program has made possible the acquisition of research materials not commonly found in other collections in North America due to their expense or rarity. These include a wide range of specialized periodicals and art monographs, museum and exhibition catalogs, sale catalogs of art dealers and auction houses, documents of preservation and planning authorities and archaeological excavations, facsimile editions of illuminated manuscripts, and early photographica of the Middle East.

Middle East & Islamic Photographs are visual collections relating to the Islamic world and include more than 150,000 photographs and slides documenting Islamic art and architecture, as well as ethnographic views, plans, and maps.

The Guide to Research in Islamic Art and Architecture presents a selection of the most useful reference tools for the study of the art and architecture of the Islamic world. All entries include Harvard library call numbers and/or links to online resources. Most are annotated.

For further information and assistance, please contact:

  • András Riedlmayer, Bibliographer in Islamic Art and Architecture, Fine Arts Library, Littauer Center
  • Amanda Hannoosh Steinberg, Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art & Architecture, Fine Arts Library
  • Gwendolyn Collaco, Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art & Architecture, Fine Arts Library, Digital Images & Slides Collection, Sackler Building
  • Sharon C. Smith, Program Head, Aga Khan Program Documentation Center, MIT Library

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