Cornell University Library is partnering with ARTstor to share its Beyond the Taj collection of approximately 6,600 photographs of South Asian architecture. These photographs depict significant works of architecture, cultural traditions, rituals, and pilgrimage sitesfrom the monasteries of Ladakh to the temples of Tamil Nadu. Coverage extends to Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, and Mogul sites throughout India. The core of the collection was assembled over a 22-year period by Robert D. “Scotty” MacDougall (1940-1987), former Professor of Architecture at Cornell University, as well as an anthropologist and practicing architect. MacDougall had a special interest in expanding the study of architectural history to include Asian traditions. His research produced photographs, drawings, and other records that further challenged the boundaries of traditional studies of architecture by emphasizing its domestic, devotional, and vernacular aspects.

The Beyond the Taj collection is the product of a long-term collaboration between Bonnie Graham MacDougall, Associate Professor of Architecture, and Margaret N. Webster, Director of the George W. & Adelaide Knight Visual Resources Facility, in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Beyond the Taj: Architectural Traditions and Landscape Experience in South Asia (Cornell University Library) collection page.
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