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Gardiner Greene Hubbard Collection

Fine Prints

Prints and Photographs Division

Collection digitized? Generally, no. Selected images are included here to give a sample of the collection.

The Library's first major collection of fine prints was donated in 1898 by Mrs. Gardiner Greene Hubbard shortly after the completion of the new Library Building. The collection had been assembled by her late husband, Gardiner Greene Hubbard (1822-1897), first president of the National Geographic Society and an important figure in the development of the telephone industry, and included works by Dürer, Rembrandt, Callot and other major printmakers, historical prints pertaining to Napolean Bonaparte and Frederick the Great and numerous portraits. Through her bequest, Mrs. Hubbard provided the Library with a special fund for the purchase of additional prints. A catalog published in 1905 describes the 2,700 items donated by Mrs. Hubbard and includes indexes for engravers, artists, and portrait subjects. In a card file in the Prints and Photographs Division are listed 300 items relating to Napolean. The collection has been integrated with the division's fine print holdings. Selected items for which copy photography has been requested can be searched in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.

Note: Information for this entry was compiled in the late 1970's for inclusion in: Special Collections in the Library of Congress: A Selective Guide. Compiled by Annette Melville. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1980. The information has not been revised, except to add information about the online catalog.


"The Galleries, the Gardiner-Greene-Hubbard Collection," The Scrip, v. 3, May 1908: 261-268.

U.S. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Catalog of the Gardiner Greene Hubbard Collection of Engravings, Presented to the Library of Congress by Mrs. Gardiner Greene Hubbard, compiled by Arthur Jeffrey Parsons.


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