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Art Topics and Resources in the Manuscript Collections at the Library of Congress


Walt Whitman. Cardboard butterfly. Undated. Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman. Library of Congress Manuscript Division.

There are several collections of individuals who fall under various categories or are difficult to categorize as architects, artists, photographers, sculptures, or designers. The below listed collections encompass many of the diverse individuals who acted as art directors, consultants, collectors, supporters, commissioners, and subjects of the artists. Collectors in particular are a valuable resource in understanding the progression of art, values and causes, and teachings. Many of the collections include correspondence with authors, facilities that encouraged and foster artistic expression and development, as well as monetarily supported the work of individual artists. Researchers will find a wealth of resources pertaining to the nuts and bolts of the industries.

Many visual materials from the collections, including photographs, etchings, drawings, and others have been transferred to the Prints and Photographs Division. Patrons are advised to contact both the Manuscript Division and the Prints and Photographs Division for guidance on accessing these materials.


The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content, including finding aids for the collections, are included when available.