Collections

The pictorial collections of the Library of Congress represent an immense fund of human experience, knowledge, and achievement. Works in these collections touch upon almost every realm of human endeavor: science, art, invention, education, government and political struggle, domestic life, and the recording of history. Pictorial works have been the bearers of information, vehicles of commentary and persuasion, tools in the creative process, and media of artistic expression. All of these roles are represented in the drawings, prints, and photographs in the Library's collections.

To review catalog records for the Prints & Photographs Division's nearly 17 million items, please search the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. Descriptions and search tools for specific collections can be accessed below.

  • Digital Collections The Prints & Photographs Division has more than 1.5 million items viewable online. It includes born-digital works and digital reproductions of original material. Please explore them through the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. In addition, selected collections listed here are available with contextual essays and bibliographies.
  • Virtual Exhibitions Many Library of Congress exhibitions use Prints & Photographs materials. Below is a selection of some current and past projects.