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New acquisitions in the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room


Click here to see a list of new materials on architecture, watercolors and more.

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  • Visit any of the UH Libraries to renew your materials. Please bring your library card or a valid photo ID to renew materials in person.

The renewal due date will vary from six weeks to one year, depending on your status (undergrad, grad, faculty or staff).

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Patrons whose records are blocked/stopped or who have fines over $10.00 may not renew items.

Questions? Please call the Service Desk at (713) 743-2340.

UH trading cards available at the Architecture and Art Library


Ask at the service desk and win prizes.

The Book of Hours, Use of Reims is now available in the UH Digital Library


This French devotional book from the Middle Ages invites you to leaf through its beautifully illustrated and handwritten pages. Created in Northern France during the fifteenth century, this book of hours would have been used by a wealthy individual to mark the times of day with prayers and psalms. It is richly illustrated with marginal images of dragons, musicians, apes, dogs, and hybrid creatures.
Book of Hours, Use of Reims was created for the use of an owner in northern France. Its text, written on parchment, is in both Latin and Old French. The scribe has identified himself in a note as Paulinus de Sorcy.

While many medieval manuscripts feature images that are closely related to their text, this one is primarily illustrated with marginalia. These whimsical images enliven the borders of various pages. A man plays a harp. A monkey or ape inspects a vial of urine in a satire of medieval medicine. A hybrid creature wearing a habit preaches with an upraised finger from a green book. Monkeys do somersaults while a dog watches. This manuscript was rebound in dark brown leather in the early twentieth century.

The original item is available in UH Libraries Special Collections.


New images available in the Bridgeman Education database


Our students and faculty may access the Bridgeman database through our online catalog or by clicking this link.  Bridgeman is one of three image databases to which the Architecture and Art Library subscribes.  Contact us for more information on this, the Art Museum Image Gallery and ARTstor.

Place du Théâtre Français, Paris: Rain, 1898 (oil on canvas) by Camille Pissarro / Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Bridgeman has recently added images from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Free Library of Philadelphia and Cleveland Art Museum among others.

Bridgeman Education now includes works from 20th century artists such as Andy Warhol, Man Ray, Roy Lichtenstein, Georges Braque, Nicolas de Stael, Henri Laurens, Richard Paul Lohse, Fernand Leger and Georges Rouault.

Symposium registration now open


Registration is now open for a three day interdisciplinary arts symposium on artistic explorations of commemoration, death, and dying, hosted by the University of Houston Libraries on October 25-27, 2012.

“The Art of Death & Dying” is co-sponsored by the Blaffer Art Museum, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Department of Hispanic Studies, Honors College, and School of Art, as well as two community partners, the National Museum of Funeral History and Preservation Houston.

Papers will be presented in the fields of architecture and landscape architecture, art criticism and theory, art history, cultural studies, dance, film and television, literature and music.  Some papers will be presented in Spanish.  Speakers include scholars, graduate students and authors from five continents.

In addition to the 57 juried presenters, the program includes invited speakers, a music recital, tours of historic Houston cemeteries and two museums, an artist’s talk with Dario Robleto, a film screening and a gallery talk.

Registration is $50 and $20 for students.  The registration fee includes the cost of breakfast and lunches during the symposium.

See our website for programs, papers and events.

Newly acquired books on architecture for the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room


We have recently acquired the following rare and unusual books, catalogs and pamphlets:

The Berlin Iron Bridge Company : office and works, published in 1889

Blue Ridge patterned glass : for office, store, showroom, restaurant and shop modernization, published in 1945  (Features photographs of many offices and businesses that use Blue Ridge patterned glass, including the Tower Petroleum Building in Dallas.)

Continuous tin roofing ; Corrugated iron : [advertisemet] / Caldwell & Peterson Manuf’g Company, published in 1890

M. Macdonald & Co. (Steeplejacks) Ltd. : steeplejacks and lightning conductor engineers., published in 1920

Marqueterie d’art ancien & moderne : pour ameublements, décoration intérieure, agencement et tous usages : exécution de tous assemblages de placages et travaux en toutes matières : garnitures complètes de mobiliers en magasin : [price list], published in 1930 by Raymond Bonnefond  (The company would produce portraits of Lenin and Mussolini in marquetry for 50 nd 45 francs!)

The modern multi-floor garage : with particular reference to d’Humy Motoramps for interfloor travel, published by the Ramp Building Corporation in 1929  (Garages in Austin and Dallas are among those featured.)

Natural wood ornaments : for furniture manufacturers, architects, builders, interior decorators, stair builders, car builders, organ manufacturers, steamboat builders, etc., etc. : manufactured by Wm. B. Gleason & Co., no. 212, Camden Street, Boston, Mass., U.S.A. : illustrated price list, published in 1882

Ornements en zinc, cuivre, tôle, plomb, L. Bonfils & E. Fesquet … Paris., published in 1900

There is only one in-a-dor-bed, the Murphy : The Murphy in-a-dor bed : full size bed through ordinary closet door, published by the Murphy Door Bed Company in 1926

The town of tomorrow : world’s Fair of 1940 in New York.  (Featuring 15 pamphlets, including The Pittsburgh House of Glass, The All-Gas Home, The Minimum Home, and The House of Sheltered Workshops.)

Works in iron : bridge and roof structures : with examples of structures made and erected by Andw Handyside & Co., Derby and London by Ewing Matheson, published in 1877

Some of these will be added to the Home Retail Pamphlet Collection in our Digital Library.

Summer Book Club is back


Catalog will be briefly unavailable on 5/17/12


The UH Library Catalog will be unavailable on Tuesday, May 17, 2012 between 7:00pm and 10:00pm due to scheduled maintenance.

Moderner Volkskunst Zierat (Modern Folk Art Ornaments) is now available in the UH Digital Library


Moderner Volkskunst Zierat (Modern Folk Art Ornaments) is now available online.

From the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room at the University of Houston’s William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library comes Moderner Volkskunst Zierat (Modern Folk Art Ornaments).

This undated German volume features 18 vivid color plates.

Designed for use as templates in the decoration of household items (furniture, ceramic ware, and the like), these bold, ornamental motifs offer a unique glimpse of the vernacular aesthetic found in early twentieth-century German home décor.


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