SAHARA

A Digital Archive of Architecture Images


PLEASE NOTE THAT THE IMAGE CONTRIBUTION FUNCTION WILL BE UNAVAILABLE FROM FEBRUARY 13 TO MARCH 9, 2015. IMAGE SEARCH AND DOWNLOAD WILL NOT BE AFFECTED DURING THIS TIME. SAHARA WILL LAUNCH WITH A NEW INTERFACE AND CONTRIBUTION TOOLS ON MARCH 9.

 
SAHARA is a digital image archive developed by the Society of Architectural Historians in collaboration with Artstor. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, SAHARA is a growing collection of images of architecture and landscapes contributed by SAH members—architects, scholars, photographers, graduate students, preservationists, and others who share an interest in the built environment.

Through SAHARA, SAH members can:

  • upload their digital photographs and QTVR panoramas to a shared online archive
  • organize images in work folders
  • download images to a computer or directly to PowerPoint
  • collaborate with other members to create image categories for teaching and research

The SAHARA collection has been developed for all who teach, study, interpret, photograph, design, and preserve the built environment worldwide.

SAH members - click here to log in to SAHARA


Tips for using SAHARA


Search and Download

  • Use the advanced search to specify date ranges, locations, and other criteria.
  • Use the ARTstor ‘Search Tips’ to modify keyword and advanced searches.
  • Use the personal work folders to group images for your upcoming courses or research.
  • Download images in your work folders directly to PowerPoint.

Upload

  • NEW in Shared Shelf: use the spreadsheet contribution interface to sort records by name, location, date, or other criteria and create customized browsing screens to display only relevant information
  • NEW in Shared Shelf: when contributing multiple images of a single building, edit all images with common descriptive information at once, eliminating repetitive cataloguing
Click here to access Artstor training documents and video tutorials.


Frequently Asked Questions


Who has access to SAHARA?

  • SAHARA is available to all individual SAH members. SAHARA has been developed as an online academic resource for people in the field of architectural history and its related disciplines. Join or renew your SAH membership today. Select images in SAHARA are also available to subscribers to Artstor.

If images will be available for teaching, will they also be available for use in scholarly publications?

  • Inquiries should be made directly to the person who holds copyright. If you need assistance locating the copyright holder, contact info@sah.org.

What should I do if I want to use a SAHARA image for commercial or non-educational purposes?

  • Inquiries should be made directly to the person who holds copyright. If you need assistance locating the copyright holder, contact info@sah.org.

Why does SAHARA keep timing out?  

  • You can adjust your session time-out preferences under “My Profile”. For best performance, please use one of the following browsers: Firefox 5.0 or higher; Safari 5.0 or higher; Chrome; or Microsoft IE 8.0 or higher.

 

SAHARA Documents




Contact Information


Anne Bird, Director of Membership (for SAH membership and SAHARA access questions)
abird@sah.org

Technical Troubleshooting
userservices@artstor.org

SAHARA Co-Editors:
Jackie Spafford (spafford@hfa.ucsb.edu) and Jeffrey Klee (jklee@cwf.org)