Built Works Registry (BWR) phase 1 development was made possible in part by a 2010 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). We are enormously grateful to IMLS for seeding the BWR project with funding to support this initial development phase. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. IMLS grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

BWR work has also been generously supported by institutional commitments from Columbia University Libraries (including the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Original and Special Materials Cataloging, and Lehman Library Digital Social Science Center), Artstor and the Getty Research Institute.

BWR is comprised of records aggregated and enhanced from forty-two source collections; we are extremely grateful to those individuals and institutions who contributed their data to be openly shared through this important new resource. Our work throughout the project development has been enriched by the input of many professional colleagues and community advisors ; we thank each of them for their thoughtful contributions of insight and good counsel.