Newspaper Photograph Morgues in the United States and Canada
This list maintained by the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division cites public institutions that have photographs assembled for publication in newspapers. Entries include newspaper titles, dates, and links to content or information.
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Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division
Barbara Orbach Natanson, Reference Section Head (retired), Prints & Photographs Division
Created: Sept. 2022
Last Updated: April 2023
Note This guide was adapted from the "Newspaper Photograph Morgues" web resource previously available on the Prints & Photographs Reading Room web site. The list was begun in 1994 by Marcy Silver Flynn through phone calls, which resulted in 27 cited repositories. Jennifer Hain Teper, while at the University of Kentucky, made additions in 2003, with further information from Katherine Fox at the Center for American History. The Library of Congress resumed updating the list in 2010, with many new entries contributed by the Society of American Archivists' Visual Materials section members.
This guide lists public institutions with custody of at least one newspaper photograph morgue in the United States and Canada. Researchers should contact directly the institutions listed for current information on access policies and procedures, as well as on the photo morgue itself.
For an overview of newspaper photo morgues in archives and libraries, see Laura McCann. "The Whole Story: News Agency Photographs in Newspaper Photo Morgue Collections." American Archivist 80 (Spring/Summer 2017): 163-188.