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Our collections include a variety of resources including photographs, images, maps, documents, and more. The non-exhaustive list below provides examples of our collections, categorized by type. All collections are available to students, faculty, researchers, and scholars at the Aga Khan Documentation Center.

Aga Khan Visual Archive

The Aga Khan Visual Archive (AKVA) combines both a legacy collection and new materials. The legacy archive contains nearly 120,000 slides and digital images of architecture, urbanism, and the built environment of Muslim societies, donated by graduate students traveling on AKPIA Travel Grants, scholars, and architectural firms. AKVA contains all born digital AKDC material  through 2013.  The material documents historic and contemporary sites, including some that are no longer extant.

  • Access select images on Dome and Archnet (items in these resources overlap, but are not the same)
  • Contact us with questions about the full collection, to make an appointment to visit, or request reproductions
  • Donate images

Architects’ Archives (in alphabetical order)

Rifat Chadirji Archive

Besim Hakim Archive

Mohamed Makiya Archive

Hisham Munir Archive

Ali Tayar Archive

Scholars’ Archives

Marilyn Jenkins-Madina Archive

Yasser Tabbaa Archive

John A and Caroline Williams Archive

Specialized collections

Bing & Harrington Balkan Archives

A collection of photographs, drawings, exhibition panels, travel records, published papers, collected books and articles focused on the vernacular architecture of the Balkans.

Isfahan Urban History Project

Archive of slides, negatives, field notes, original drawings, plans, maps, photos, notes, and drafts documenting the development of Isfahan, Iran, from the time of the Buyid dynasty by Dr. Lisa Golombek and Dr. Renata Holod.

Rifat and Kamil Chadirji Photographic Archive

Timurid Architecture Research Archive


Notes from the Archives

When an archive arrives at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, that is only the first step in a long process that may involve sorting, preservation, cataloging, digitizing, and final preparation for publication on Archnet or elsewhere. In this unique collection, AKDC Collections Archivist provides glimpses into the process, as well as updates on collections and items from May Godthat may not yet be available on Archnet.


Contact us for more information on these collections or our complete holdings.