Also see Masonry.
1. General: A broadly informative general article on masonry wall systems is available on this page at the Whole Building Design Guide website, which is maintained by the National Institute of Building Sciences.
5. Safety: "Dry Cutting and Grinding is Risky Business", about silicosis, was produced by the New Jersey Dept. of Health and available on the Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health website.
9. Technical: "Guidelines For Evaluating The Condition Of Brick Masonry & Mortar" is good if you're trying to figure out what condition your brick is in. Available on the website of the US General Services Administration.