The American College of the Building Arts

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Library Needs

If you have an interest in donating to our library, please consult our list below for desired titles. If you have any materials that are not listed below, feel free to contact our librarian, Mrs. Rebecca McClure, to discuss your donation.

Many of the titles listed below are out of print, but an search will locate many of the volumes. For harder-to-find titles, a search of used book sites such as,, or may prove helpful.

  • The Builder’s Guide or a practical treatise on the several orders of Architecture, together with the Gothic Style of Building, Chester Hills (New York, 1839)
  • Charleston Architecture: 1670-1860 (two volumes) Gene Waddell (Gibbs Smith, 2003)
  • Cyclopedia of Architecture, Carpentry, and Building, Volumes I through X, American Technical Society (American Technical Society, 1907-09)
  • Early American Wrought Iron: With three hundred and twenty drawings by the author (3 volume set), Albert Sonn (New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1928)
  • ICS #31D – Brick, Stone, and Plaster; Common Brickwork, Face and Ornamental Brickwork, Architectural Terra Cotta, Hollow Tile, Building Stone, Plastering, ICS Staff (ICS, 1923)
  • Mechanick Exercises: Or the Doctrine of Handy-Works, Joseph Moxon (London, 1693, 1694, and 1700)
  • Nouveau livre de dessins invente, Jean Tijou (Paris, Librairie des Arts decoratifs A. Calavas, sans date [vers 1908])
  • Plasters and Plastering Mortars and Cements: How to Make and How to Use, Fred T. Hodgson (New York, 1883)
  • The Practical Plasterer, Wilfred Kemp, any edition (London, Weale’s Scientific and Technical Series No. 273)
  • A Practical Treatise on Handrailing: Showing New and Simple Methods for Finding the Pitch of the Plank, Drawing the Moulds, Bevelling, Jointing-up, and Squaring, George R. Collings (London, Crosby Lockwood, 1903)
  • Radford’s Cyclopedia of Construction; Carpentry, Building, and Architecture: Based on the Practical Experience of a Large Staff of Experts in Actual Construction Work (12 volumes complete, 1923)
  • Rudimentary Treatise on Limes, Cements, Mortars, Concretes, Mastics, Plastering, Etc. (No. 45, Weale’s Rudimentary Series), George Burnell (1887)
  • A Rudimentary Treatise on Masonry and Stone-Cutting, Edward Dobson (1849)
  • Stucco Reliefs of the First and Second Centuries Still Extant in Rome, Emily L. Wadsworth (American Academy in Rome, 1924)

  • Magazine Antiques Missing Issues

    The Byrne-Diderot Library has a nearly complete run of Magazine Antiques, with the exception of the following issues. Donation of any of these issues would be most appreciated to complete the library's run.

  • 1996 – May
  • 1999 – June, December
  • 2000 – March, June, August, September, October, December
  • 2001 – February, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • 2002 – March, June, July, August, November
  • 2003 – January, June, October, November, December
  • 2004 – February
  • 2005 – June, July, October, November, December
  • 2006 – February, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • 2007 – January, May, June, July, November
  • 2008 – April, June, October, December
  • 2009 – January, March, July
  • 2010 – November/December
  • 2011 – March/April, May/June, July/August, September/October
  • 2012 – March/April, September/October
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