Collection  |  Photo, Print, Drawing Presidential File filing series (Library of Congress)

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About this Item

Title
Presidential File filing series (Library of Congress)
Summary
Portraits and other pictures relating to the lives, careers, and families of U.S. presidents, including their homes and birthplaces, friends and associates in group portraits, political campaigns, inaugurations, and statues and cartoons. Most of the portraits depict presidents prior to Harry Truman, with extensive documentation for George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Created / Published
1790-present, bulk 1800-1960.
Subject Headings
-  Washington, George,--1732-1799
-  Adams, John,--1735-1826
-  Jefferson, Thomas,--1743-1826
-  Madison, James,--1751-1836
-  Monroe, James,--1758-1831
-  Adams, John Quincy,--1767-1848
-  Jackson, Andrew,--1767-1845
-  Van Buren, Martin,--1782-1862
-  Harrison, William Henry,--1773-1841
-  Tyler, John,--1790-1862
-  Polk, James K.--(James Knox),--1795-1849
-  Taylor, Zachary,--1784-1850
-  Fillmore, Millard,--1800-1874
-  Pierce, Franklin,--1804-1869
-  Buchanan, James,--1791-1868
-  Lincoln, Abraham,--1809-1865
-  Johnson, Andrew,--1808-1875
-  Grant, Ulysses S.--(Ulysses Simpson),--1822-1885
-  Hayes, Rutherford B.,--1822-1893
-  Garfield, James A.--(James Abram),--1831-1881
-  Arthur, Chester Alan,--1829-1886
-  Cleveland, Grover,--1837-1908
-  Harrison, Benjamin,--1833-1901
-  McKinley, William,--1843-1901
-  Roosevelt, Theodore,--1858-1919
-  Taft, William H.--(William Howard),--1857-1930
-  Wilson, Woodrow,--1856-1924
-  Harding, Warren G.--(Warren Gamaliel),--1865-1923
-  Coolidge, Calvin--1872-1933
-  Hoover, Herbert,--1874-1964
-  Roosevelt, Franklin D.--(Franklin Delano),--1882-1945
-  Truman, Harry S.,--1884-1972
-  Eisenhower, Dwight D.--(Dwight David),--1890-1969
-  Kennedy, John F.--(John Fitzgerald),--1917-1963
-  Johnson, Lyndon B.--(Lyndon Baines),--1908-1973
-  Nixon, Richard M.--(Richard Milhous),--1913-1994
-  Ford, Gerald R.,--1913-2006
-  Carter, Jimmy,--1924
-  Reagan, Ronald
-  Bush, George,--1924-2018
-  Clinton, Bill,--1946
-  Bush, George W.--(George Walker),--1946
-  Presidents--United States--Portraits
-  Presidents--United States--1790-2010
-  Presidents' spouses--United States--1790-2010
-  Government officials--1790-2010
-  Families--1790-2010
-  Dwellings--1790-2010
-  Inaugurations--1790-2010
Format Headings
Portrait photographs--1790-2010.
Portrait prints--1790-2010.
Genre
Portrait photographs--1790-2010
Portrait prints--1790-2010
Notes
-  Arrangement: Organized in one filing series with the call number prefix PRES FILE. Arrangement: This browsing file in the Prints & Photographs Division Reading Room is arranged alphabetically by surname of each president, with subdivisions by type of portrait and major activities.
-  The portrait media range from engravings, lithographs, and etchings to original photographs and copies of paintings.
-  The reference aid "Presidents of the United States: Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress" is available online, http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/list/057_intr.html
-  The reference aid "First Ladies of the United States: Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress" is available online, http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/print/list/058_intr.html
-  The reference aid "By Popular Demand: Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies" was available as part of the American Memory program from ca. 1998 to 2013.
-  The Presidential Index (a 12-drawer card file) lists portraits for which copy negatives have been made and provides cross references to some portraits housed in other collections.
-  Digitized images of more than 1,500 items in the file and their associated identifying information are available through the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, by searching using the call number "PRES FILE," http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ppoc
-  Gift, purchase, and copyright deposit; various sources; 1800s to present.
Medium
15,000 photographs and prints.
Call Number/Physical Location
Guide Record (Filing series: PRES FILE) [P&P]
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl External .loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id
ppmsca 38196 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.38196
Library of Congress Control Number
2005680325
Rights Advisory
Publication rights status of individual images not evaluated. For general information see "Copyright and Other Restrictions ...," http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/195_copr.html
Language
English
Online Format
image
OCLC Number
(DLC)12529783
Description
15,000 photographs and prints. | Portraits and other pictures relating to the lives, careers, and families of U.S. presidents, including their homes and birthplaces, friends and associates in group portraits, political campaigns, inaugurations, and statues and cartoons. Most of the portraits depict presidents prior to Harry Truman, with extensive documentation for George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/2005680325
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Rights & Access

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  • Rights Advisory: Publication rights status of individual images not evaluated. For general information see "Copyright and Other Restrictions ...," http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/195_copr.html
  • Reproduction Number: ---
  • Call Number: Guide Record (Filing series: PRES FILE) [P&P]
  • Access Advisory: ---

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Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Presidential File filing series Library of Congress. Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America United States Washington D.C, 1790. to Present, Bulk 1800 to 1960. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2001695651/.

APA citation style:

(1790) Presidential File filing series Library of Congress. Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America United States Washington D.C, 1790. to Present, Bulk 1800 to 1960. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2001695651/.

MLA citation style:

Presidential File filing series Library of Congress. to Present, Bulk 1800 to 1960. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2001695651/>.