Pre-Photography Resources
Web Sites
  • American Memory Project Search by collection or the entire group of 7 million digitized records.

  • Getty Research Institute The institute developed The Art and Architecture Thesaurus and The Union List of Artists' Names. You can search its databases through an online catalog.

  • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division About half of the division's holdings are accessible through its online catalog.

  • Making of America Search online digitized books and journals from the antebellum period through Reconstruction.

  • National Portrait Gallery Search by subject of the painting and then look for biographical data. You can specify the artistic medium you're looking for—painting, engraving, caricature and others.

  • Use this site's online library of digitized photographs from the Lawrence Collection (1870 to 1910) or its prints and drawings galleries to find scenes of Ireland.

Organizations and Archives

  • American Antiquarian Society
    185 Salisbury St.
    Worcester, MA 01609
    (508) 755-5221 The society has strong collections of 18th- and 19th-century engravings, which you can search online. Researchers must apply to use the collections.

  • The New York Public Library
    Print Collection
    Humanities and Social Sciences Library
    Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
    New York, NY 10018
    (212) 930-0817 Learn about the history of printing and search the library's collection.

  • Allen County Public Library
    900 Webster St.
    Box 2270
    Fort Wayne, IN 46801
    (260) 421-1200 Like most large research libraries, Allen County Public Library has a special department devoted to art research.

  • American Printing History Association
    Box 4922
    Grand Central Station
    New York, NY 10163 American Printing History Association promotes the study of the history of printing.