The Center for Art & Archaeology has a large repertoire of manually made measured architectural drawings, created through several documentation programs of the Center. Some of the earliest drawings were made in 1966 when the Center started its first project of surveying and documenting the historical buildings, particularly temple architecture of India. The types of architectural drawings housed in the archives of the CA & A include maps, site plans, floor plans, elevations, sections, mouldings and individual drawings of specific architectural components. The maps depict political regions of various dynasties of the subcontinent. All the drawings that are part of the above collection are made by the Center’s draftsmen who visited each of these sites and buildings, measured and created about 10,000 drawing including 6000 hand-drawn measured sketches.
This section represents the photographic collections of the Center for Art and Archaeology (CA&A) that covers more than 7000 monuments and ancient buildings from about 3000 archaeological and historical sites in all regions of India. The Photo-archives of the Center cover nearly all phases of ancient and medieval Indic architecture.
'Special Collections' include thematically organised image catalogues culled from the CA&A archives. Also, it comprises of photograph collections of global contributors who have associated with the CA&A for sharing their images on the VMIS.