A Digital Archive of Architecture Images

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 contains over 155,000 images of architecture and landscapes contributed by SAH members. SAHARA access is one of the many benefits of SAH membership.


SAH members can:
  • upload their digital photographs and video clips to a shared online archive
  • organize images into groups
  • download images to a computer or directly to PowerPoint
  • share images and image groups with colleagues and students
  • collaborate with other members and create image categories for teaching and research


Who has access to SAHARA?
  • SAHARA is available to all individual SAH members. (Join or renew your membership now.) SAHARA has been developed as an online academic resource for people in the field of architectural history and its related disciplines. Select images in SAHARA are also available to subscribers to Artstor.
How do I access SAHARA?
  • SAHARA still requires a separate log in and password from the one you use for the SAH website. Click on the ACCESS SAHARA button at the top of this page and log in using the email address and password that you established for SAHARA. If you have forgotten your log in credentials, email or call the SAH office at 312.573.1365 and ask to speak to Anne Bird.
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
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
Where can I find the College Art Association's Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts?

Can I upload images directly from my smartphone?

Tips for Using SAHARA

Search and Download
  • Use the Advanced Search to specify date ranges, locations, and other criteria.
  • Use Groups to save images for your upcoming courses or research.
  • Download images from Groups directly to PowerPoint or as a Zip file.
Access Artstor training documents and video tutorials, which all apply to SAHARA.


SAH membership and SAHARA access questions: Anne Bird, Director of Membership
Technical Troubleshooting:
SAHARA Co-Editors: Jackie Spafford and Mark Hinchman 

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610