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Print Collection Bibliography

For the first several decades of the twentieth century, Print Collection exhibitions and acquisitions were regularly reported in The Bulletin of the New York Public Library; see the Indexes for volumes 1-66. Items from the Print Collection are also regularly lent to the numerous special exhibitions held at the Library, some of which have published catalogues. Below is a list of the most comprehensive publications listing specific portions of the Print Collection.

Dictionary Catalog

Dictionary Catalog of the Prints Division (Boston, Mass., G. K. Hall & Co., 1975. Desk-Prints Div. 75-1240; Art and Architecture Division MAC+ 75-1241; check CATNYP for other copies. The very thorough original catalogue of the reference books, periodicals, ephemera files, and illustrated books in the Print Collection (formerly known as the Prints Division), current through 1971. Print-related articles from a variety of periodicals are also indexed here.

Subject-Specific Publications of the Print Collection


Beck, Sydney and Elizabeth E. Roth. Music in prints. New York: New York Public Library, 1965. MDZ NYPL; Library for the Performing Arts *MFZA NYPL; General Research Division  *HND NYPL. Catalogue to a Print Collection exhibition of the same title; encompasses the 15th through 20th centuries.


Calendar of the Emmet Collection of Manuscripts etc. Relating to American History Presented to the New York Public Library by John S. Kennedy. New York: New York Public Library, 1900 and 1959. MDE 00-11643; General Research Division *HND NYPL;   H NYPL; Rare Books Division *KAD NYPL; U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy *R-USLHG I 00-1482. This includes a partial listing of the illustrations in the Emmet Collection. Many of the illustrations have been catalogued in CATNYP; please consult Tips for finding prints and other graphic materials in CATNYP for more information on searching for these records.

Deák, Gloria Gilda. Picturing America, 1497-1899: Prints, Maps, and Drawings Bearing on the New World Discoveries and on the Development of the Territory that is Now the United States. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1988. Desk-Prints Div. 89-807; Desk-Prints Div. 89-808; Art and Architecture Division *R-Art 89-792; Map Division 89-30; U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy  Desk-USLHG 89-1058 Shelf 18. The most up-to-date catalogue of The Phelps Stokes Collection of American Historical Prints; 880 entries incorporating also related material from other Library collections.


Deák, Gloria Gilda. William James Bennett: master of the aquatint view, with an introductory essay by Dale Roylance; checklist and commentaries by Roberta Waddell and Theresa Salazar. New York: New York Public Library, 1988. MDG Bennett 89-2056. Catalogue to an exhibition of the work of this artist, from the Print Collection holdings, including The Phelps Stokes Collection.


Finlay, Nancy, and Julia van Haaften. “Four hundred years of Native-American Portraits: Prints and Photographs from the Collections of The New York Public Library,” Biblion. The Bulletin of The New York Public Library, 2: 1, 100-139. Checklist of an exhibition held at the Library in 1992-1993; the prints and photographs in the exhibition were culled from the Print Collection, the Photography Collection, the Rare Books Division and the General Research Division.

Finlay, Nancy. “Artists Look at The New York Public Library: A Portfolio of Drawings and Cartoons,” Biblion. The Bulletin of The New York Public Library, 3: 2, 94-108. General Research Division *R-*HND NYPL 96-1199; *HND NYPL 92-1277; see CATNYP for other copies. A selection from the Print Collection’s holdings of drawings, cartoons and prints depicting the Library, its site, building, and users between 1842 and 1990. This article was published on the occasion of the centennial of The New York Public Library in 1995.

Finlay, Nancy. “Reginald Marsh’s Sketchbook #4: An Artist at The New York Public Library,” Biblion. The Bulletin of The New York Public Library, 4: 2, 75-94. General Research Division *R-*HND NYPL 96-1199; *HND NYPL 92-1277; see CATNYP for other copies. Publication of a cache of drawings by this 20th-century American artist in the Print Collection, relating to Marsh’s research for a book of anatomical drawings (much of it carried out in The New York Public Library), as well as preparatory drawings for some of his prints in the Library’s collection.


Finlay, Nancy. Inventing the American Past: the Art of F.O.C. Darley. New York: New York Public Library, 1999. MDG Darley 99-5486; General Research Division 3-MCX D216 01-10086; Berg Collection Darley ZA2 F56 1999.  Catalogue published to accompany an exhibition of selections from the Library’s large collection of prints after and drawings by this groundbreaking 19th-century American illustrator.

Murase, Miyeko. Tales of Japan. Scrolls and Prints from The New York Public Library. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986. MDBV 86-1747; Asian and Middle Eastern Division *O-*OSM 01-7759. Catalogue to an exhibition of Japanese manuscripts from the Spencer Collection, and color woodcuts from the Print Collection.


Rainwater, Robert, ed. Max Ernst: beyond surrealism : a Retrospective of the Artist's Books and Prints; with essays by Anne Hyde Greet, Evan M. Maurer, and Robert Rainwater.  New York: New York Public Library and Oxford University Press, 1986.  MDG Ernst 88-1959; Desk-MDET 89-2047; General Research Division *HND NYPL 86-3012. Catalogue to an exhibition of the artist’s work in the Library’s collections.

Ruby, Louisa Wood. “Samuel Putnam Avery as a Collector of Drawings: A Complete Checklist from The New York Public Library’s Print Collection,” Biblion. The Bulletin of The New York Public Library, 9: 1/2, 104-147. General Research Division *R-*HND NYPL 96-1199; *HND NYPL 92-1277; see CATNYP for other copies. Complete listing of the drawings in the S.P. Avery collection, many of them relating directly to prints in the collection, and many presented to Avery by the artists.

Stokes, I.N. Phelps and Daniel C. Haskell. American historical prints, early views of American cities, etc., from the Phelps Stokes and other collections. New York, The New York Public Library, 1932. DESK-MDE NYPL; MDE NYPL;  MDE p.v.8; General Research Division  *RB-MDE NYPL; *HND NYPL *HND NYPL p.v.11. The earliest catalogue of The Phelps Stokes Collection; largely superseded by Gloria Deŕk’s Picturing America (see above).

Treasures from the New York Public Library. New York: The New York Public Library, 1985.  Desk-MDET 89-2045; General Research Division*HND NYPL 85-363; JFF 85-28 (and other copies; see CATNYP). Catalogue of an exhibition of notable objects from throughout the collections of The New York Public Library.

Treasures of the New York Public Library. New York: H.N. Abrams, 1988. Desk-MDET 89-2048; General Research Division *R-*HND+ NYPL 89-132; Pub. Cat. 89-172 Shelf 49. Catalogue to a second exhibition of notable objects from throughout the collections of The New York Public Library.


Waddell, Roberta and Louisa Wood Ruby, eds. Dorothea Tanning: Hail, Delirium!: a Catalogue Raisonné of the Artist's Illustrated Books and Prints, 1942-1991; with an essay by Donald Kuspit; chronology and commentaries by Dorothea Tanning.  New York: New York Public Library, 1992. MDG Tanning 92-10185. Catalogue to an exhibition of Tanning’s work, from the Library’s collections.



Weitenkampf, Frank. Political Caricature in the United States in Separately Published Cartoons. New York: New York Public Library, 1953 and 1971. DESK-MDY Weitenkampf; MDY Weitenkampf; MDY 80-1238; U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy ID Weitenkampf. Annotated list of U.S. political caricature in American collections, including The New York Public Library; compiled by the Library’s first curator of prints.

Weitenkampf, Frank. The Eno Collection of New York City views. New York:  New York Public Library, 1925. DESK-MDE NYPL; MDE NYPL, and numerous copies throughout the Library’s reading rooms, check CATNYP. Checklist of this collection of some 500 prints recording the changing aspects of New York City throughout its history.

Williams, Sam P., et al. Guide to the Research Collections of the New York Public Library. Chicago: American Library Association, 1975. General Research Division *R-*HND 76-582; Pub. Cat. 76-583 Shelf 46; JNF 93-223, and numerous other copies throughout the Library’s reading rooms, check CATNYP.  Provides information about all of the Research Libraries’ collections, permitting useful subject access and historical notes about the formation of the collections.