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Croatia and the Croatian Collections in the Library of Congress

Prints and Photographs

Photoglob Company. Pula. Hauptplatz. [ca. 1890-1906]. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Most of the holdings related to Croatia in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Reading Room are from non-Croatian sources such as German photographic albums from the Third Reich, American news service collections, or the stereograph card collection. A pertinent example of a general photographic collection with interesting Croatian content is the Photochrom Print Collection by the Photoglob Company in Zürich, Switzerland, and the Detroit Publishing Company in Michigan. Part of this collection is called Views of the Austro-Hungarian Empire which depicts landscapes, street scenes and architectural monuments in Croatia. The Stereograph Card Collection also has tourist scenes and landscapes for Croatian cities. The American Red Cross Collection has many photos from World War I and the subsequent era of reconstruction of Europe, including some depicting Croatia. These collections have been digitized and are searchable on the Library of Congress website.

The Library of Congress holds a number of collections with content related to Croatia that were confiscated by United States military intelligence after World War II such as a photo album containing 24 photos of the visit of the Croatian leader Lovro Sušić to Germany in May 1944. Another collection of German origin is the Jugoslawien-Bulgarienfahrt des NSKK from 1937 containing 99 shots of a trip taken by the National Socialist Motor Corps through Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania. The collection of 1500 photographic prints of the Worldwide Activities of the Deutsche Akademie, 1938-1943, an organization formed to establish German study-groups in foreign countries, also has content of potential interest for those researching Croatian history. Only some of the images from these collections have been digitized.

Colorful Croatian folk imagery can be found in Motivi sa sela, a tourist postcard set from the early 1960s, and in the plates of Dalmatian and Illyrian native dress from the 1815 French edition of Balthasar Hacquet's ethnographic work on the South Slavic peoples L'Illyrie et la Dalmatie, ou, Moeurs, usages et costumes de leurs habitans et de ceux des contrées voisines.

Search for visual materials at the Library of Congress using the search box on the Library's home page and limit your search to "Photos, Prints, Drawings" or search in the Library's Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC).

About the Prints & Photographs Division

Unique in their scope and richness, the picture collections number more than 16 million images. These include photographs, historical prints, posters, cartoons, documentary drawings, fine prints, and architectural and engineering designs. While international in scope, the collections are particularly strong in materials documenting the history of the United States and the lives, interests, and achievements of the American people..