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Core Collections

These groups, because of their size or scope, make up the foundation of the photographic collections. Gifts are noted with an asterisk.


Complete offerings of surveys of Italian art and architecture by the Italian firms Fratelli Alinari, Anderson, Brogi, Mannelli, Chauffourier, and Fiorentini (116,000 photographs). More


Art International
Twentieth-century art from the archive of Art International, emphasizing artists such as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg (23,000 photographs). More


Cleveland Museum of Art Photograph Library*
Study photographs covering all media and periods of art and architecture. Special focus on the arts of Asia, including the complete collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei (175,000 photographs). More


Courtauld Institute Photographic Survey
Paintings and sculpture from British public and private collections (60,000 photographs)


Dunlap Society
Major architectural monuments of Washington, DC (3,000 photographs and negatives; 1,500 microform images). More


Gernsheim Corpus
Also known as the Corpus Photographicum of Drawings; a survey of drawings in European and American public collections (148,000 photographs). More


Several nineteenth-century photographic and glass-plate negative collections of American and European art and architecture from Soule (later Gramstorff) Publishing Company (40,000 photographs and negatives). More  


Hirmer Fotoarchiv
A variety of subjects reflecting Hirmer Verlag publications, including baroque churches in Bavaria, Greek temples, and Romanesque, medieval and Renaissance sculpture (13,000 photographs). More


The Italian Architectural Drawings Photograph Collection documents drawings of Italian architecture made before 1800 from repositories around the world (over 45,000 photographs and microfilms). More


Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) Photographic Archive*
Photo archive of the IFA at New York University, including images from donors Gertrude Achenbach Coor, Jane Costello, Walter Friedlaender, Henry Russell Hitchcock, Arthur Kaufmann, Richard Offner, Rudolf Meyer Riefstahl, Jacques Seligmann & Co., James Stubblebine and Martin Weinberger (c. 122,000 photographs, reproductive prints, clippings). More


Kress Collection of Historic Images*
A complete set of all Kress Collection paintings and sculptures before their dissemination with images ranging from 1930–1968. Some objects considered but not purchased also included (9,000 photographs, negatives and digital files). More


Bildarchiv Foto Marburg
A systematic survey of European and Syrian art and architecture in public and private collections (22,000 photographs and 2,120,000 microforms). More


Archivo Mas
Spanish painting, sculpture, and architecture (55,000 photographs). More


Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo Study Collection*
Mounted late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photographs of Italian paintings. Handpicked from the Met's discarded study collection. Largely includes objects in early states of conservation and some destroyed, particularly in Berlin in 1945 (2,700 photographs). More


Munich Central Collecting Point
Photographic documentation of looted works of art and other objects processed through the Munich Central Collecting Point after World War II (1945–1951) (40,000 photographs). More


Richter Archive*
The collection of George M. Richter (see History), as well as subsequent pre-1970 gifts. Includes European and American art of all periods (138,000 photographs). More


Royal Institute of British Architects' collection of drawings by British architects, from the Renaissance to the present (230,000 microforms). More


Saskia Digital Archive  
Digital images of world art and architecture taken by Dr. Ron Wiedenhoeft (35,000 digital images)


Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Paintings and sculptures from Scottish private collections (1,900 photographs)


I Tatti
Harvard University's partial recreation of Bernard Berenson's photographic archive of Italian Renaissance paintings at Villa I Tatti in Florence (37,000 photographs) More


Witt Library and Conway Library
Microfiche facsimile of the Witt and Conway photographic archives at the Courtauld Institute, London. Includes European painting (Witt) and sculpture, architecture, and illuminated manuscripts (Conway) (1,416,000 microforms)


Survey of Romanesque art and architecture.  Photographs by monks of the Benedictine Abbey of Notre Dame de la Pierre-qui-Vire (45,000 photographs). More

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