(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.
8. 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.