Researcher Resources

  • Prints & Photographs Online Catalog Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress.
  • Copyright and Rights and Restrictions Information This guide contains general information about rights and restrictions for materials held by the Prints & Photographs Division, as well as specific rights statements for some collections, artists, and organizations.
  • Research Guides Collection and subject overviews provide tips for locating images in the Prints & Photographs Division collections and context that may help in understanding what is found. Guides with "selected pictures" in their names feature selected sets of images on frequently requested topics, focusing on images for which there are no known restrictions. There are many other Research Guides relevant to your research. Use this...
  • Finding Aids A finding aid provides a detailed description of a collection by summarizing its arrangement and contents. Most Library of Congress online finding aids utilize Encoded Archival Description (EAD), enabling one to search multiple finding aids across divisions in a single search. Finding aid PDFs are also provided to facilitate printing. Only select collections have an online finding aid. This list is not a comprehensive...
  • Story Maps Story Maps provide immersive stories by combining images, text, and interactive mapping from the Library’s collections.
  • Publications and Suggested Resources The Prints & Photographs Division’s collections have been the subject of many books, articles, and papers. This is a list of P&P-related publications produced by the Library.