Print Collections at Library of Congress Site

April 2, 2011

I am sure you will enjoy browsing through the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog as I have been doing for some time now. There you will see tons of print reproduction scans of illustrations, posters, and photographs in their collection. Many of them, like the Joseph Pennell watercolor below, are real gems.

"New York Bay from the Margaret" by J. Pennell

I have to mention that the site is a bit odd and cumbersome to view. Navigation is awkward at best. The thumbnails are tiny, and not all the scanned images are in high resolution. In some cases the scans are poorly done. Eh, we take what we’re given. (What do you want for nothin’? Rubber biscuits?) The “odd” is that many of the images are listed as “not digitized.” They have a spot in the catalog with text details given but no image is shown. I got excited when I saw that their “Drawings (Master)” collection had 38 pages with 100 per page, only to find that the images stopped at page 4. Nontheless, the collections are very much worth browsing through. I hope they manage to get more of them digitized someday soon.


One comment

  1. nice…………..

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