About this Collection
About 85,000 prints created as art works, ca. 1450-present (most dating between 1800 and the present). Prints by American printmakers and artists (e.g., Paul Revere, Mary Cassatt, Jim Dine, Joseph Pennell) predominate, but creators in many other countries are also represented (e.g., Albrecht Dürer and Marc Chagall). Subjects vary widely, for example, portraits, religious themes, historical events, and street scenes.
Descriptions of the portion of the fine prints that are not described in the online catalog are available through a the Fine Prints card catalog in the Prints and Photographs Reading Room, where prints are listed by century and artist.
For more information about the collection, see:
- Fine Prints Collections in the Library of Congress (research guide)
- Fine Prints Filed by Artist Name in the Library of Congress (research guide)
- Fine Prints by Federal Art Project Artists (collection summary)
- National Exhibition of Prints (1943-1977) at the Library of Congress (research guide)
- "Opinionated Art": A Window into the Fine Art Print Collections at the Library of Congress
- "Collections of Works of Art on Paper in the Library of Congress." Edited by Katherine Blood, special issue, Washington Print Club Quarterly 47, no. 4 (Winter 2011-2012):2-28.:
- "Fine Prints" entry in the American Women online guide: