SAHARA is a new digital image archive developed in 2008 by the Society of Architectural Historians in collaboration with ARTstor.   Funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, SAHARA will allow SAH members either to upload their own digital photographs and QTVR panoramas to a shared online archive or to download images for teaching and research.  The SAHARA collection is being built for all who study, interpret, photograph, design and preserve the built environment worldwide. 

SAHARA went live April 1, 2009 with 10,000 images that have been contributed by scholars at MIT, Brown, University of Virginia, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and by independent photographers and historians.  All SAH members who have an email address on file with the Society will be sent an email on April 1st, providing them with their user name and password for SAHARA.  Please join us by uploading your architectural and landscape images to SAHARA so your colleagues can use them for teaching and research.  Also, please avail yourself of the collection of images that have been contributed by your peers.  Visit it often because the collection will be constantly growing as SAH members share their photographs and QTVRs for the advancement of teaching and research in our profession.  Contributions by established scholars, students, architects, preservationists, and those who have chosen architectural history as an avocation are welcome.

Log in to SAHARA at  The user name is your email address and the password is your SAH membership number preceded by 00 (e.g. 0012345).  

We look forward to seeing your photographs in SAHARA!


For the SAHARA home page, click here. 

For the SAHARA FAQ page, click here.

For information on SAHARA help resources, click here.  


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