Digital Collections: Prints and Photographs
American Photographs Assembled for 1900 Paris Exposition
The Paris Exposition of 1900 included a display devoted
to the history and "present conditions" of African
Americans. W. E. B. Du Bois and special agent Thomas J.
Calloway spearheaded the planning, collection and installation
of the exhibit materials, which included 500 photographs.
The collection contains more than 300
photographs compiled by Du Bois. Search this collection, using the terms Washington,
D.C. or Howard University to locate items
related to Washington, D.C.
This collection consists of 2,100 early baseball cards
dating from 1887 to 1914. The baseball cards for the Washington
Nationals and Washington
Statesmen are included in this collection.
Posters: WPA Posters
This collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically
diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part
of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. The collection
includes posters with information about Washington, D.C.
Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints
The Selected Civil War Photographs Collection contains
1,118 photographs. Most of the images were made under the
supervision of Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military
personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects.
It contains more than 100 images of Washington, D.C., and
the surrounding community during the Civil War.
There are approximately 700 daguerreotypes in the Prints & Photographs Division. The majority of the images are portraits, but the collection does include a few early architectural views, outdoor scenes, and copies of works of art. There are images of
the Post Office building, the U.S. Capitol, and the U.S.
Patent Office in this collection.
Post Office from the Corner of 8th Street and E Street,
NW, Washington, D.C., the Shop of Elija Dyer, Merchant
Tailor, on the Left].
States Patent Office, Washington, D.C., Showing F Street
Facade, Possibly Taken from the Upper Floor of the General
The photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection
include more than 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies
as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly
of the eastern United States. Though Washington images primarily
depict the city's monument core, there are images of the
Navy Yard, the Carnegie Library and views of the “future”
Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry
Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry
is a selection of more than 400 items from the Emile Berliner
Papers and 108 Berliner sound recordings from the Library
of Congress's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded
Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives
The black-and-white photographs of the Farm Security Administration-Office
of War Information Collection are a landmark in the history
of documentary photography. The collection contains more
than 6000 images of the District of Columbia. It also includes the Gordon
Parks series on Mrs. Ella Watson, which included the
notable portrait “American Gothic.”
Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs
The color photographs of the Farm Security Administration-Office
of War Information Collection include scenes of rural and
small-town life, migrant labor, and the effects of the Great
Depression. The collections contains more than thirty images of the District of Columbia.
The Gottscho-Schleisner Collection comprises more than
29,000 images, primarily of architectural subjects, including
interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories,
historic buildings, and other structures. There are more than 400
images of Washington,
D.C., including neighborhood houses in Anacostia, Tunlaw
houses, the Frederick Douglass home, Fort Dupont, and Barry
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey
The collections document achievements in architecture,
engineering, and design in the United States and its territories
through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering
technologies. The collection contains more than 12,000 records
relating to buildings in Washington,
D.C. More information is added quarterly.
The Theodor Horydczak collection (about 14,350 photographs
online) documents the architecture and social life of the
Washington metropolitan area in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s,
including exteriors and interiors of commercial, residential,
and government buildings, as well as street scenes and views
Do Solemnly Swear . . .”: Presidential Inaugurations"
A collection of approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital
files from each of the 54 inaugurations from George Washington's
in 1789 to George W. Bush's inauguration of 2001.
The Panoramic Photograph Collection contains approximately
4,000 images featuring American cityscapes,
portraits. There are quite a number of images of the
Library of Congress Jefferson Building, and panoramic images
of Walter Reed Hospital, the D.C. waterfront, and events
taking place in the District of Columbia.
and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929
Prosperity and Thrift assembles a wide array of Library
of Congress source materials from the 1920s that document
the widespread prosperity of the Coolidge years, the nation's
transition to a mass consumer economy, and the role of government
in this transition. The collection includes images of Washington,
D.C., businesses such as People’s Drug and the Washington
P. Gottlieb Collection
The William P. Gottlieb Collection, comprising more than
1600 photographs of celebrated jazz artists, documents the
jazz scene from 1938 to 1948, primarily in New York City
and Washington, D.C. There are photographs of performances
from Fort Myer, the Howard Theater, the National Press Club,
and programs record at WINX.