Print Collection > Researching Prints
Tips for finding prints and other graphic
materials in the catalog
Graphic materials throughout The New York Public Library’s Research
Libraries, including a few limited selections from the Print Collection (see
below), have been catalogued. To find these materials among the
books and other formats, try the following:
- Complete a search, for example by subject, or author
- Click on “Limit this Search” at the top of the screen
- From the “Format” pull-down menu, select “Photographs,
Any resulting records will describe graphic materials. The Location will indicate
where the items are within the library, i.e. “Humanities – Prints” for
the Print Collection.
The Description will indicate number, technique, and overall size of the items.
For most Print Collection records, individual titles are listed in the Contents
Prints and drawings from the Print
Collection in the online catalog
- 19th-century French etchings in the S.P. Avery Collection
- Emmet Collection, illustrations of early American history
Some bound volumes of prints also appear in the catalog.
However, because they have been catalogued as books, they do not turn up under
the limitation “Photographs, Prints, Graphics,” but rather in a
normal search by author, subject, title, etc.
Note: The majority of the Print Collection’s close
to 200,000 prints are catalogued in unique files in the Prints and Photographs