Hassan Fathy Architectural Records

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Biographical Note

Hassan Fathy is considered by many to be one of the greatest Egyptian architects of the 20th century, known for employing both traditional building materials and architectural features.


The Creating a Center for Architectural Archives in Egypt: Preservation and Access for the Papers of Hassan Fathy and Ramses Wissa Wassef project was made possible with funding from Grants to Preserve and Create Access to Humanities Collections of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Capture Specifications

File Type Resolution Compression Dimensions Bit Depth Mode Format Edits Notes
Preservation master 600 ppi None Sized to match original, no magnification or reduction. 24 RGB image/tiff None Original scans.
Delivery master 600 ppi None Sized to match original, no magnification or reduction. 24 RGB image/tiff Cropping, color correction, image rotation. Images derived from original scans.

File Management

Use the following formula to create file names for the Hassan Fathy Architectural Records images:

SC-1994-01 - ## - ##-## - Letter ### Letter
  • SC-1994-01 refers to the Hassan Fathy Architectural Records, Papers, and Photograph Collection call number.
  • ## refers to the Architectural Drawings series number.
  • ##-## refers to the file/project number.
  • Letter-###-Letter refers to the item/drawing number.



Directory Structure

Use the following hierarchy template to organize images:

  • Collection Title
    • Type
      • File/Project
        • Item/Image


  • Hassan Fathy Architectural Drawings
    • Preservation Master
      • SC-1994-01-##-34-01
        • SC-1994-01-##-34-01-A101X.tif
    • Delivery Master
      • SC-1994-01-##-34-01
        • SC-1994-01-##-34-01-A101X.tif



Field Name Scope Note Example Required
  • Enter a brief but descriptive title in English.
  • Capitalize the first word of the title, and enter in lowercase all other words except proper nouns.
  • Do not include initial articles, unless an integral part of the title and/or provided by the creator as the true title. This allows the system to index by title alphabetically.
Abd al-Halim al-Biyali house site plan
  • Enter a name from the Library of Congress Name Authority File[1].
  • If an authorized name is not found in the Library of Congress Name Authority File[1], create one based on AACR2 rules.
Fathy, Hassan
  • Enter supplemental descriptive information such as a free text summary.
  • End field with a period.
  • Avoid simply restating the title.
  • When transcribed, enter source of information using: Photographer's description: ____.
Black and white architectural drawing in ink on calque with landscape orientation. Signed by the architect in the bottom right corner. Scale of 1:150.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings [1] should be used to record specific topical information about the image and its context to the collection. Additionally, when describing items that are graphic in nature, such as photographs, use Subjects.
  • Include terms for places such as in this field if the object being described relates directly to the location. For example, an aerial photograph of Luxor should include Luxor (Egypt) in the Subject-LCSH field.
  • Refer to the list of approved Topics below.
Architecture, domestic
  • Look up terms in the Getty Research Institute Thesaurus of Geographic Names[2].
  • List multiple entries separated by a semicolon in order of decreasing specificity.
  • Refer to the list of approved Locations below.
Cairo; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
Date Created
  • Format the date according ISO 8601 standard:
    • YYYY-MM-DD
    • YYYY-MM
    • YYYY
  • If the date is entirely unknown, do not enter text like “undated.” Instead, narrow the date to a date range, e.g. 1900-1999.
  • List multiple entries separated by a semicolon in chronological order.
  • Enter the characteristic and general type of content of the resource.
  • Look up terms using the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Type Vocabulary[3].
Still Image
  • Enter Internet Media Type[4].
  • Enter dimensions of original in W x H unit or measurement, using the metric system (e.g. mm. or cm.) or digital image measurement (e.g. px.).
  • Abbreviate units, such as px. or mm. End each unit of measurement with a period.
  • Include moving image and sound recording run times in HH:MM:SS format, using leading zeros when necessary.
  • Include the number of pages when applicable, in ### p. format. End p with a period.
22 drawings
  • Enter original format or medium information in this field.
  • Look up terms in the Getty Research Institute Art and Architecture Thesaurus[5].
architectural drawings (visual works)
  • Enter a unique identifier.
  • The identifier should be the same as the digital file name.
Original Identifier
  • Enter the original file name if different from identifier.
  • Enter the title of the digital collection to which the resource belongs.
Hassan Fathy Architectural Drawings
  • Enter the subseries, series, collection, repository, and institution.
  • Separate multiple entries with a semicolon and a space.
Hassan Fathy Architectural Archives; Rare Books and Special Collections Library; American University in Cairo
  • Enter copyright information.
Copyright 2012, American University in Cairo. All rights reserved.
Access Rights
  • Enter permission and reproduction request information.
To inquire about permissions or reproductions, contact the Rare Books and Special Collections Library, The American University in Cairo at +20.2.2615.3676 or rbscl-ref@aucegypt.edu.
  • Include granting and funding agencies, donors, etc.


Name/Label Scope Note Example Required
Date Entered
  • Enter the date, in YYYY-MM-DD format, that the metadata record is created.
Date Reviewed-Curator
  • Enter the date, in YYYY-MM-DD format, that the metadata record is reviewed by the RBSCL Photograph and Cinema Collections Curator.
Date Reviewed-Archivist
  • Enter the date, in YYYY-MM-DD format, that the metadata record is reviewed by the RBSCL Digital Collections Archivist.
Date Selected
  • Enter the date, in YYYY-MM-DD format, that the item is selected for inclusion in the digital collection.

Controlled Vocabularies



  • Architecture
  • Architecture, Ancient
  • Architecture, Industrial
  • Architecture, Domestic
  • Islamic architecture


  • Apartment houses
  • Donkeys
  • Houses
  • Ladders
  • Men
  • Mosques
  • Pails

Architectural Detail

  • dikkas
  • façades [6]
  • meshrebeeyehs
  • mihrabs
  • minarets
  • terraces (landscaped-site elements) [7]


  • Alexandria; Al-Iskandarīyah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Ismailia; Al-Ismāʻīlīyah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Al Maʻādī; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Cairo; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Giza; Al-Jīzah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Alhama de Granada; Granada province; Andalusia; Spain; Europe
  • Ḥulwān; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Luxor; Al-Uqşur governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Old Cairo; Cairo; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa


  • axonometric projection (technique) [8]
  • cross sections [9]
  • detail drawings (drawings) [10]
  • electrical plans [11]
  • elevations (building divisions) [12]
  • floor plans [13]
  • ground plans [14]
  • plan (formal concept) [15]
  • perspective views [16]
  • site plans [17]
  • structural drawings [18]


Configuration of CONTENTdm collection and administrative fields. [19]

Collection Fields

Field name DC map Data type Large Search Hide Required Vocab
Title Title Text
Architect Creator Text
Description Description Text
Name Subject Text
Topic Subject Text
Subject Subject Text
Architectural Detail Subject Text
Location Coverage-Spatial Text
Date Created Date-Created Date
Type Type Text
Format Format Text
Extent Format-Extent Text
Medium Format-Medium Text
Language Language Text
Identifier Identifier Text
Collection Relation Text
Source Source Text
License Rights-License Text
Access Rights Rights-Access Rights Text
Acknowledgements Description Text

Administrative Fields

Field name DC map Data type Search Hide
Archival file None Text
OCLC number None Text
Date issued Date-issued Date
Date modified Date-modified Date
CONTENTdm number None Text
CONTENTdm file name None Text


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Library of Congress Authorities
  2. Getty Research Institute Thesaurus of Geographic Names
  3. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Type Vocabulary
  4. Internet Media Types
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  6. Refers to exterior faces of a building which are substantially in one plane and seem to have been designed with special regard to their conspicuousness or association with entrance. Distinct from "elevations (building divisions)," which may constitute any side or face of a building or large interior space.
  7. Level paved or planted areas, usually elevated above surrounding terrain and adjacent to buildings or parts of garden complexes.
  8. Refers to all forms of parallel projection, particularly where at least one of the three spatial axes is inclined to the plane of projection or picture surface. It is often used to refer to projections depicted as if a plan were drawn to scale, and the plan is then tilted at a 45 degree angle to provide a third dimension, typically height, which is drawn to the same scale as the plan. This system for projection depicts both the plan and volume simultaneously and with a consistent measurement, without the distortion caused by the converging lines of one-point perspective.
  9. Orthographic drawings that depict a building, object, or site as if cut transversely.
  10. Drawings of construction or design details. For minute parts of a larger structure, object, or image, use "details." For preparatory studies of pictorial or design details, use "detail studies."
  11. Scaled floor plans showing electrical layout; may include an adjacent small drawing of an elevation, or a riser diagram. For other drawings of electrical systems, use "electrical drawings."
  12. Describes the sides or faces of a building or large interior space, however irregular, emphasizing their appearance; as distinct from "facades," which usually constitute only those external faces which are substantially in one plane, and appear to have been designed with special regard to their conspicuousness or association with an entrance.
  13. Drawings or works in another two-dimensional medium that represent a horizontal section through a building taken above a floor to diagramatically illustrate the enclosing walls, interior spaces, doors, and windows of a building.
  14. Floor plans taken near ground level and showing the foundation and ground floor of the building.
  15. The formal concept of the layout of spaces and elements in the built environment, such as of a building or city.
  16. Refers to drawings or works in any other two-dimensional medium that employ perspective, meaning that they are executed by a systematic technique that creates the illusion of recession from a two-dimensional surface.
  17. Drawings or works in another medium laying out the precise arrangement of a structure on a plot of land. It may also refer to plans for gardens, groups of buildings, or developments, where the layout of buildings, roadways, utilities, landscape elements, topography, water features, and vegetation may be depicted. For drawings or other representations on a horizontal surface of cities or larger areas, particularly when such representations are not part of a design process, use "plans (maps)."
  18. Drawings that pertain specifically to the structural layout of a building.
  19. CONTENTdm
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