About this Collection
The Documentary Drawings category includes more than 3,000 drawings made between 1750 and 1970. Eye-witness sketches made during the U.S. Civil War are the most frequently used images. Also included are topographical views, bank note vignettes, portraits, and courtroom sketches. A large group of Russian drawings show areas of China in the 1800s. Among the well-known artists represented by numerous works are William Birch, Howard Brodie, Kenyon Cox, Edwin Forbes, Augustus Kollner, James Fuller Queen, John Rubens Smith, Elihu Vedder, George Wallis, and Alfred and William Waud.
The drawings are organized into two filing series called DRWG/US (drawings by artists in the United States) and DRWG 1 (drawings by European and other artists).
The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division acquired these drawings chiefly through donations and continues to add new material.