Fine Arts Library

Prints and Photographs


Carlos Naya. Canal of San Canciano, Venice. VSCO44.00001.

The print and photograph collections of the Fine Arts Library document works of art, architecture and material culture from the ancient world to the present and reflect the teaching and research of the History of Art and Architecture faculty and the Harvard University Art Museum’s curatorial staff during the 20th century. Image formats include photographic prints, lantern slides, 35mm slides, postcards, facsimiles, and albums. Areas of strength include Western art and architecture (particularly medieval architecture and Renaissance and Baroque painting), Islamic art and architecture, and Asian art and architecture. The various collections of architectural images in particular include many significant 19th century images by well-known photographers. The Core Photograph Collection of the Fine Arts Library is represented by cataloged photographs arranged by medium (e.g., architecture, sculpture, painting, decorative arts), then by culture or country, location, and/or artist.┬áThe original shelflist for the core collection of photographs of architecture can be searched online.


John C. Heenan, Champion of the World (The Benicia Boy). Currier & Ives. Part of the Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library. VSCO230.00049.

The Portrait Collection of the Fine Arts Library includes over 30,000 historical portraits from the 19th and early 20th centuries in both print and photographic form including 10,000 cartes-de-visite, 6,000 cabinet cards, 200 Imperial-size portraits by Mathew Brady, and 16,000 tintypes.

  • For more information about the collections, contact Joanne Bloom, Photographic Resources Librarian.