About this Collection
This category provides an overview of collections in the Prints & Photographs Division in order to indicate the breadth and depth of the visual resources available for research. The descriptions of "filing series" represent a comprehensive outline of all collections, based on their storage category, for example, cartoon drawings, panoramic photographs, and theater posters. The descriptions of major archives and subject-based collections indicate special strengths. In many cases, more specific additional descriptions provide access to individual items or groups of materials within these broad groupings.
The guide records are compact summaries of creator, date, subject, and historical information for the collections in Prints & Photographs. Browsing the list of guide records is a quick way to gauge the general scope and contents for all collections and to discover materials you might not think to search for. Like a travel guide to a foreign country, the guide records provide orientation to useful resources and highlight special attractions.