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 in alphabetical order by the last name the architect used professionally.

Chronologically: Entries can be browsed chronologically in two ways:

  • 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.
  • You may browse entries by decade. Click the button to switch between viewing the timeline by year and by decade. Each blue bar represents a decade between 1850s and the present, and symbolizes the number of women included in the archive who were professionally active during that decade. Click on any bar to view a list of entries of all women who were professionally active that decade.

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 or search before editing or adding an entry. From any mode of browsing, click on the name of the subject, and you will see the information available in that individual’s biographical entry including documentation of their personal and educational backgrounds, details and images of building designs, and awards and publicity.

If your browse or search doesn’t result in the individual you are seeking, please choose the add a new entry link to enter her 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.