A Finding Aid to the Library of Congress Copyright Deposit collection

Collection ID:
Library of Congress
circa 1890-1945
Labels on photo mounts are in
Physical Description:
183.5 Cubic feet
(58 solander boxes)
The Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection is comprised of 2,335 photomechanical reproductions of works by 741 artists (mostly American). The large-format prints, deposited with the Library of Congress for copyright between 1890 and 1945, represent a broad range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection is comprised of 2,335 photomechanical prints documenting the works of American artists between 1890 and 1945. The collection documents drawings, graphic prints, paintings, and other works of art by late 19th and early 20th century American artists.
Included in the collection are works by such notable artists as: Edwin Austin Abbey, Washington Alston, Cecilia Beaux, George Bellows, Thomas Hart Benton, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Cole, John Singleton Copely, John Steuart Curry, Thomas Eakins, Child Hassam, Robert Henri, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Maxfield Parrish, Frederick Remington, John Singer Sargent, Dwight William Tryon, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, James A. McNeil Whistler, and Grant Wood.
Studios and publishers represented include: Braun, Clements & Cie, Detroit Publishing Co.; and Evans & Cameron.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by artist, then title.

Rachel Brooks and Christine Hennessey
Funding from the Smithsonian Womens' Committee provided support for an initial inventory of the collection.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transfer from Library of Congress, Gift and Exchange Program, 1987.
Custodial History
The collection was formed from submissions made to the Library of Congress for copyright purposes and originally consisted of 5,064 photomechanical prints of artworks by approximately 500 American and European artists.
The prints were deposited with the Library of Congress Copyright Office between 1890 and 1945 and were later transferred to LC's Prints and Photographs Division. In 1987, through its Gift and Exchange Program, the Library of Congress transferred the images to the Photograph Archives of the National Museum of Art (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum).
Separated Materials
In 2001, as part of a Smithsonian American Art Museum office relocation move, 2,729 prints by European artists were separated from the collection and transferred to the J. Paul Getty Museum's Photograph Archives.
Processing Information
In 1990, with the support of a Smithsonian Institution Womens' Committee grant, a basic inventory of the collection was made. The collection was processed and cataloged at the item level by Rachel Brooks, 2013-2015. The item records are online via the Smithsonian Information Research Information System database (SIRIS.si.edu). Digitization of the images began in 2015 and is ongoing.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection, Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Conditions Governing Access
Researchers may use prints on file in the Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Advance appointments are required.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright restrictions may apply.

More Information

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Photomechanical prints Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, American-Photomechanical reproductions Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Research and Scholars Center
PO Box 37012, MRC970
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012