The Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection is comprised of 2,335 photomechanical reproductions of works by 741 artists (mostly American). The large-format prints, deposited with the Library of Congress for copyright between 1890 and 1945, represent a broad range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art.
Scope and Contents:
The collection is comprised of 2,335 photomechanical prints documenting the works of American artists between 1890 and 1945. The collection documents drawings, graphic prints, paintings, and other works of art by late 19th and early 20th century American artists.
Included in the collection are works by such notable artists as: Edwin Austin Abbey, Washington Alston, Cecilia Beaux, George Bellows, Thomas Hart Benton, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Cole, John Singleton Copely, John Steuart Curry, Thomas Eakins, Child Hassam, Robert Henri, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Maxfield Parrish, Frederick Remington, John Singer Sargent, Dwight William Tryon, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, James A. McNeil Whistler, and Grant Wood.
Studios and publishers represented include: Braun, Clements & Cie, Detroit Publishing Co.; and Evans & Cameron.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by artist, then title.
In 2001, as part of a Smithsonian American Art Museum office relocation move, 2,729 prints by European artists were separated from the collection and transferred to the J. Paul Getty Museum's Photograph Archives.
Transfer from Library of Congress, Gift and Exchange Program, 1987.
Researchers may use prints on file in the Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Advance appointments are required.
Copyright restrictions may apply.
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Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection, Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Funding from the Smithsonian Womens' Committee provided support for an initial inventory of the collection.