ArchiveGrid is an important destination for searching through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world. Thousands of libraries, museums, and archives have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions to ArchiveGrid. Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and order copies. The broadest search term of architectural drawings retrieved 5,691 items as of July 2009.
OnArchitecture is an audiovisual archive of 300 streaming videos, interviews with architects, photographs, multiple search interfaces. Emphasis is on modern and contemporary architects and architecture of international importance.
Provides a link to an excellent guide for resources for graduate students written by librarian Linda Spiro. There are links to a broad array of topics of potential interest to Ph.D. students from electronic text collections, fellowships, to information on Rice's ZipCar program (reasonable, short term car rentals).