Artstor is collaborating with the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) to share approximately 9,000 images of architecture, landscape design, and the built environment from the SAHARA project in the Digital Library. SAHARA (Society of Architectural Historians Architecture Resources Archive) is a community-built archive of digital images for teaching and research in the field of architectural history. This shared online archive is open to individual members of SAH, which includes scholars, architects, historic preservationists, and students. SAH members may upload their own built environment images to SAHARA for them to be shared with the Society. The SAHARA collection in Artstor consists of photographs that have been peer-reviewed by the SAHARA editorial board for their photographic quality and the accuracy of their descriptive information. Additional images will be added to the Artstor Digital Library as the SAHARA archive grows over time.
SAHARA is a collaboration among SAH, scholars of architectural history, librarians, and Artstor. Its aim is to share digital content that will advance the teaching, research, and preservation of architecture and the built environment. SAHARA's initial development was funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Artstor serves as SAHARA's technology partner, developing the software tools to enable the uploading, downloading, cataloging, and sharing of images in an online environment. Scholars at SAHARA partner institutions (Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of Virginia), as well as independent photographers and architectural historians, provided the content for SAHARA's initial launch in April 2009. Librarians and visual resources staff at Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of Virginia worked closely with scholars to ensure that the high-quality images were accompanied with accurate cataloging information.
Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) is a not-for-profit membership organization and learned society with a mission to promote the study and preservation of the built environment worldwide. Founded in 1940, the Society's membership includes approximately 2,500 individual members and more than 900 institutions around the world.