The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Dynamic National Archive

Browse the Archive

Use Instructions

You do not need to log in or register to browse the Dynamic National Archive Collection.

Modes of browsing

By name:  All entries in the Dynamic National Archive are listed here in alphabetical order by the last name they used professionally.

By year: Entries can be browsed chronologically in two ways:

  • You may browse entries by decade. Each black bar represents a decade between 1850’s and 2010’s, and symbolizes the number of women included in the archive who were professionally active during that decade. Click on any black bar to view a list of entries of all women who were professionally active that decade.
  • You may browse entries by individual year using the Timeline of Practice. Each blue bar represents a year between 1851 to the present, and symbolizes the number of women included in the archive who were professionally active that year. Click on any blue bar in the timeline to view all entries of women who were professionally active that year.

By keyword: You can also search the archive by entering one or more keywords in the search box above. Suggested types of keywords: first name, last name, birth name, US states, firm names, etc. You may search for a partial name or group of letters if you don’t know the exact spelling of the name (e.g. ‘Smi’ or ‘mith’ for ‘Smith’).

Viewing the entries

You must browse before editing or adding an entry. From any mode of browsing, click on the name of the subject, and you will see an At-a-Glance summary of information available in that individual’s biographical entry. By clicking on the anchors on the At-a-Glance summary, you can continue to the subject’s full entry, including documentation of their personal and educational backgrounds, details and images of building designs, and awards and publicity.

If you do not find the individual you are seeking, please click on Add/Edit an Entry to enter their name in the archive. Even if you do not have any information on that person, adding their name will allow the Foundation to research that individual and build an entry.