Prints and Photographs

Prints and Photographs Department

Phone: (202) 806-7480

The Prints and Photographs department houses more than 50,000 graphic images, including slides, postcards, paintings, prints, maps, broadsides, illustrations and photographs. The department's function is to make these visual resources available to the public for the purpose of study, research, and exhibition. The oldest materials date from the 1770s and include daguerreotypes and tintypes. Most of the photograph collection dates from the 1930s to the 1970s and includes the work of professional photographers, and hobbyists. The collection is divided into three categories: individuals and groups, subjects, and geographic locality. Photographs depicting Howard University are located in the Howard University Archives.

Research in the Prints and Photographs Department is by appointment only.

Schedule of fees

Graphic images at MSRC are located among personal papers, archival collections, illustrated publications, and in the varied collections of the Prints and Photographs Department. Click here for a gallery of images, or choose sample images from the following table:

AfricaArchitectureArt and ArtistsBlack Renaissance
BusinessCaribbeanCivil WarDance
EducationFamily & Lifestyle Government & Politics Harper's Weekly
Howard University InventorsLawLiterature
ReconstructionRecreationReligionScience & Technology
SlaverySportsTheaterWashington, D.C.


The gallery of photographs linked to in this table are either protected by copyright, regardless of whether the copyright symbol © appears or not, or are under the ownership of Howard University. The inclusion of these images in this gallery, or anywhere in this web page, does not imply that permission is given to use, reproduce, download or publish. The commercial, editorial or personal use of any images viewed here is prohibited except when written permission has been provided by the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and/or the copyright holder.

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