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Ben Shahn, For Full Employment After
the War, Register, Vote, 1944. Purchase. LC-USZC4-6619
Unique in their scope and richness,
the collections of the Prints
and Photographs Division include
documentary, news, and master photography,
fine prints and popular graphic
art, posters, political and social
cartoons and caricatures, architectural
plans and renderings, and engineering
drawings. These visual documents
are keys to a more complete understanding
of the people, events, and achievements
that have shaped the history and
culture of the United States, and
to a lesser extent the modern histories
of Europe, Latin America, the Middle
East, Africa, and Asia.
Division curators are responsible
for enhancing the collections through
purchase and gift and
would like to learn about the availability
of outstanding items and collections
of historical and modern works.
Our interests are worldwide and
without regard to time period, language,
or geographic area.
For information about
the Prints and Photograph Division's
acquisition program and before mailing
any materials, please contact Verna Curtis, Curator, Prints and Photographs
Division, Library of Congress 20540-4730.
(Please see information about security
precautions with regard to mail
delivery.) Telephone (direct):
202-707-8938. FAX 202-707-6647.
The Division acquires works
- Build on collection strengths
- Fill identified gaps in the
- Document events of national political, historical, or cultural
- Represent noteworthy artists
- Document changing styles
and techniques in pictorial media
- Support the collection strengths of other divisions of the
John Ross, full length portrait, facing
front standing next to a small table, ca. 1850.
The Prints and Photographs Division
depends upon financial donations
from private individuals and organizations
to supplement appropriated funds
in order to purchase new works and
enhance existing collections. The
Division therefore welcomes donations
to any of the following special
gift and trust funds:
Carol M. Highsmith Fund
To support the donation of the lifetime
body of work, copyright-free,
of this renowned architectural
photographer. Her collection of
tens of thousands of images--most
captured in large format over
a long and distinguished career--will
greatly enhance and expand
the Library's collections
in architectural photography and
related subjects, including human
interaction with the built
environment. Monies received will
help underwrite the costs of scanning,
printing, and archiving this invaluable
collection. The fund will also
allow the Library to
selected donations for the commission
of new architectural
photography that will help it
to improve its collections and
fulfill its mission.
Paul Goble, [Pairs of birds, animals
and insects grouped in and around a tree], 1995.
Gift of the artist.
Various Donors Curatorial Fund
Supports activities of the Curatorial Section, including travel and research.
Various Donors Reference Fund
Supports increased accessibility of Prints and Photographs Division
collections through digital imaging and captioning for the Division's
Center for American Architecture,
Design and Engineering
A bequest from the distinguished American architect, Paul Rudolph,
and the contributions of individuals, foundations and corporations,
established the Center for American Architecture,
Design and Engineering in 2002. The Center's purpose is to focus
attention on, encourage support for, and promote the study of the
Library's unmatched architecture, design, and engineering collections.
Further, it's goal is to increase the percentage of the collections
available through the Library's website. The Center is seeking
additional funding to support the Center and its programs from
the private sector, corporations and foundations. It seeks to create
a special endowment to support an annual or biennial lecture by
scholars-in-residence, and/or distinguished architects, designers,
and engineers, and result in a publication.
Frank Lloyd Wright, Hotel Lake Geneva,
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 1911. Gift of Nancy Hart
The Paul Rudolph Trust Fund
To establish and provide support
for the programs and goals of
the Center for Architecture, Design
and Engineering in the Library
of Congress. The Library of Congress
is pleased to accept contributions
in Mr. Rudolph's name as additions
to the Paul Rudolph Trust.
Checks should be made payable
to "the Library of Congress
- Paul Rudolph Trust."
Donations to any of these funds
should be made payable to the Library
of Congress in the appropriate fund
name and forwarded to the Development
Office, Library of Congress, Washington,
DC 20540-1400. Contributions
are deductible for tax purposes
the full extent of the law.
The Library of Congress does not appraise photographs, prints, or
other materials. Judgments on the genuineness or authenticity of a
work of art are reliable only when based on a first-hand examination
of the work. The advice of creditable dealers, appraisers, or curators
of local historical societies or museums should be sought in these
Resources for locating appraisers include:
Helpful advice about researching
and authenticating art and photos
is available at:
full-length portrait, facing
right. Salted paper print,
1856 or 1857.
Head of Minerva.
Oil painting. 1896.
photographer. Major Gen.
Leonard Wood, The governor gen.[eral]
of Cuba. Photographic print,