Images showing an estimated 1,700 structures and sites in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana, plus some in Florida, Mississippi, and West Virginia, all by Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952).
Documents the architecture and social life of the Washington metropolitan area in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, including exteriors and interiors of commercial, residential, and government buildings, plus street scenes.
Photographs by Balthazar Korab (b. 1926) documenting 19 projects designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen (1910-1961). Included are corporate headquarters, airports, university facilities, embassies, private residences, churches, a museum, and a monumental arch.
Drawings from 1750 to 1970. Includes eye-witness sketches from the US Civil War plus topographical views, bank note vignettes, portraits, and courtroom sketches. Russian drawings show areas of China in the 1800s.
Paintings, cartoon illustrations, and photographs showing working people, American industry, and political situations. Art work by social realists, women, African Americans, and Mexicans is well represented.
Design sketches for stained glass windows, murals, mosaics, furnishings, metalwork, and interior architecture. The drawings feature striking watercolors created from the 1860s to the 1990s, primarily for churches, synagogues, and other sacred spaces.
Views of Europe, the Middle East, and North America, 1890s through the 1910s. Created by the Photoglob Company in Zürich, Switzerland, and the Detroit Publishing Company in Michigan.The richly colored images look like photographs but are actually ink-based photolithographs.
The photographic files of an early American news picture agency. Documents sports events, theater, celebrities, crime, strikes, disasters, political activities including the women's suffrage campaign, conventions and public celebrations.
Albumen silver half stereographs published by Lawrence and Houseworth of San Francisco between 1862 and 1867. The photographs depict major settlements, boom towns, placer and hydraulic mining operations, and shipping/transportation routes. Includes a pictorial survey of mid-19th-century San Francisco.
Portrait photographs (ambrotypes and tintypes) and small card photos (cartes de visite) represent both Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War (1861-1865). The portraits often show weapons, hats, canteens, musical instruments, painted backdrops, and other details.
Glass and film photographic negatives created by the American Colony Photo Dept. and its successor firm, the Matson Photo Service. Most images depict Palestine (present day Israel and the West Bank) from 1898 to 1946.
Color photographs by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky (1863-1944) showing the Russian Empire between ca. 1905 and 1915. Subjects include people, religious architecture, historic sites, agriculture, public works construction, water/railway transportation routes, and views of villages and cities.