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John Michael Vlach
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2003
NA8230 .V6 2003

First in the Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks series, Barns presents a captivating new perspective on American history through one of America's unique cultural landmarks. Drawn from the vast holding of the Library of Congress, more than 800 illustrations provide a tour of significant barns across the United States, from New England to the Great Lakes, the South, the Midwest, and the Far West.

John Michael Vlach's introduction provides a masterly overview of the development of a building type that has served to define the very nature and growth of the United States and its people. It is a view that is new and fresh and inspired by the depth and quality of the resources of the Library of Congress. It traces the ancestry of barn structures including English, Dutch, German, French, and Spanish influences and the continuities of type, design, and construction across the United States over time.

The body of the book offers a treasury of images - photographs, many by noted photographers - as well as plans and elevations, with captions that furnish relevant information about each building and region: subject, location, date, creator(s) of the image, and Library of Congress call number. The accompanying CD-ROM contains high-quality, downloadable versions of all the illustrations. It offers a direct link to the Library's online searchable catalogs and image files, including hundreds of thousands of high- resolution photographs, measured drawings, and data files in the Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, and other collections. A comprehensive and unique visual source, Barns will be invaluable to students; teachers; researchers; historians of art, architecture, design, and technology; architects; engineers; designers of all kinds; and those who love barns.

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