This section describes how online records, including many with digitized images, can be viewed through the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) and how the drawings and prints can be viewed in person in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room.
Many cartoons and caricatures can be both searched and viewed in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC). In many cases, a description can be found, even if the material has not been digitized. Links in the Selected Collections portion of this guide will take you to collection summaries and search pages where the collection is searchable or, in some cases, to a summary catalog description for the whole of the collection.
You can search by many characteristics of the drawings and prints.
Tools available to on-site researchers in the Prints and Photographs Reading Room may help locate cartoons for which no online record yet exists.
Researchers who are able to visit on site may request to view prints by submitting a call slip in the reading room. We generally request that for prints already digitized at high resolution, researchers first look at the highest resolution file (tiff file) to gain as much visual information as possible, before requesting to view an original, as retrieving and refiling fragile prints puts added wear and tear on them. Please contact us in advance if you want to see more than 15 prints on a single day, if the description includes an "Access Advisory," or if the call number for the material includes the word "unprocessed."