Visual & Performing Arts


Fine Prints Checklist

Grace Albee Collection

The Albee Collection, formed by Washington-area collectors Julius and Marjorie Cohn, contains approximately 150 prints by this American wood engraver, one of the strongest assemblages of her work in institutional hands. The prints are supplemented by a number of working drawings, original woodblocks, and some of the artist's tools.

Boyer Family Collection

The Boyer Collection's approximately 400 prints, drawings, and other works of art document the activity of Pittsburgh artists Ernest W. Boyer, his wife, Louise Miller Boyer, and their daughter, Helen King Boyer. Of special interest are the large assemblage of drypoints pulled from anodized aluminum plates by Louise and Helen Boyer, whose work pioneered the use of this printmaking technique and constitutes an important contribution to the history of twentieth century American printmaking. Many of the original aluminum plates are preserved in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Gift of Helen King Boyer in memory of her parents

John DePol Collection

The collection of the work of this major American book illustrator and printmaker includes more than 150 wood engravings and drawings, together with a wide variety of printed materials, for the most part with illustrations by the artist. These include a substantial number of his well-known celebrations of Benjamin Franklin and his work.
Gifts (in part) of Don Wesely and the artist

Werner Drewes Collection

The library holds some 67 prints by this German-born printmaker, including both monochrome and color-printed works ranging in date from the early 1930s to the mid-1980s.
Gifts (in part) of Charles Quest and Wolf Drewes

James W. Elder Collection

The Elder Collection comprises approximately 450 self portraits created by more than 330 different artists. The images are for the most part prints in various media, but the collection also includes a limited number of drawings, pastels, watercolors, and oils. The principal focus of the collection is on American artists of the twentieth century, and it includes work by a large number of well-known individuals, among whom must be mentioned Milton Avery, Thomas Hart Benton, Billy Morrow Jackson, Rico Lebrun, Louis Lozowick, and Fritz Scholder. Artists from the Washington, D.C., area such as Werner Drewes, Prentiss Taylor, and Frank Wright form an important subgroup. Also present are a limited number of self portraits of European artists, including Giorgio di Chirico and Kathe Köllwitz. A major exhibit at the Athenaeum in Alexandria, Virginia, was mounted from the Elder Collection in 1984. The Elder Collection was acquired in part on funds from the Fairchild endowment. The 26 self portrait oils and other paintings in the collection were the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Marshall.

Isac Friedlander Collection

The Friedlander Collection, the largest available institutional collection in this country of the artwork of this native of Latvia, includes more than 250 prints, drawings, and other works of art. Friedlander's work, especially his powerful wood engravings, emphasizes the imagery of his native Riga, the urban spectacle of New York during the Depression, and the sufferings of his fellow Jews in the Holocaust.
Gifts (in part) of Gilda Friedlander and the estate of Marga Friedlander

The Jesuit Collection

Formed over the past decade and a half by the efforts of Joseph A. Haller, S.J., the Jesuit Collection concentrates on American fine prints of the first half of the twentieth century. Broadly inclusive, it aims at providing a good representative survey of American printmaking in its central period. Nonetheless, its approximately 1,800 prints include very strong holdings of the work of such printmakers as John Taylor Arms, Peggy Bacon, J. J. Lankes, Kenneth Hayes Miller, Joseph Pennell, and Grant Wood. Among the large number of other printmakers represented, attention should be called to significant holdings of works by John Steuart Curry, George O. "Pop" Hart, Lester Hornby, Marguerite Kumm, Allen Lewis, Frederick Mershimer, Gabor Peterdi, Karl Schrag, and Reynold Weidenaar.
In part, gifts of various donors

Norman Kent Collection

The collection consists of more than 200 woodcuts and linocuts, together with a number of original drawings and a variety of finished output in several reproductive mediums. Kent's principal subject is the architecture, villages, and towns of the western part of New York State, where he lived and taught for most of his life.

Barry Moser Collection

The collection of work by this well-known contemporary wood engraver and book illustrator, driving force behind the influential and successful Pennyroyal Press, includes nearly 50 separate prints, drawings, illustrated broadsides, and related items covering his work from the early 1970s to the very recent past. The prints and other materials in the collection are supported by a number of books illustrated by Moser, including many of the most significant Pennyroyal imprints.
Gifts (in part) of Patricia G. England, Judith S. McCabe, and other donors

Murphy Collection

This collection, formed by the late Philadelphia collector James Patric Joseph Murphy, includes more than 190 examples of prints in lithography, etching, drypoint, and wood engraving, executed chiefly by American printmakers during the period from 1930 to 1955. The principal strength of the collection is a series of 38 lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton. Among other artists particularly well represented are Federico Castellón, Asa Cheffetz, Adolf Dehn, William Gropper, Joseph Hirsch, Luigi Lucioni, Thomas W. Nason, and Umberto Romano. The Murphy prints are amply supplemented by a sizable body of correspondence between the collector and various artists as well as by a series of candid photographs of artists, many of them autographed (in the James P. J. Murphy Papers).

Charles F. Quest Collection

The archive of works by Quest includes approximately 200 separate prints, but these are far outnumbered by hundreds of drawings, watercolors, pastels, oils, and works in other media which bring the total resources of the collection to well over 1,500 pieces, documenting the artist's work over a period of five decades. Also included are original matrices for works in relief and intaglio processes, as well as examples of his work in stained glass.
Gift of the artist

Philip Reisman Collection

The Reisman Collection includes 60 of the artist's 63 known prints, providing a powerful and politically charged look at his favorite subjects, the people of New York. The etchings are supplemented by the 50 surviving original plates.
Gift of Mrs. Louise Reisman

Prentiss Taylor Collection

The approximately 65 lithographs in the Taylor Collection give a broad survey of the changing visual interests of this Washington printmaker and teacher over his nearly five-decade career as mentor to the greater Washington art community.
Gift in part of Roderick Quiroz

Lynd Ward Collection

The Ward Collection, by far the largest assemblage of his work in any institution, includes more than 1,500 paintings, drawings, sketches, and prints, a substantial number of them never published or, in the case of the prints, of great rarity. The artist's entire career is well represented, as is the range of media in which he worked. Of particular note are the 21 surviving engraved blocks for his Song Without Words (1936), gift of the artist, and the surviving proofs and block for an unpublished "woodcut" narrative, tentatively titled by Ward Hymn for the Night (ca. 1942-43).
Gift of Nanda Ward and Robin Ward Savage

Washington Print Club Collection

The collection, transferred from the Martin Luther King Library to Georgetown in 1992 and added to since then, represents an attempt to give a permanent home to copies of the prints illustrated on covers of the club's quarterly newsletter and, thereby, to create an ongoing survey of local printmaking. The collection includes examples by Sam Gilliam, Percy Martin, and Tom Nakashima, among others.
Gift of the Washington Print Club

Doniger Piranesi Collection

The collection of some 1,180 prints, bound in 21 large folio volumes, consists of an early, probably proof, state of the complete Firmin-Didot edition of Piranesi's works printed in Paris in 1835-1839. The Doniger set, among the finest extant, was formerly in the private library of Pope Gregory XVI, during whose reign the Piranesi plates were acquired from Firmin-Didot for the Vatican. The library also holds, for the University Art Collection, earlier impressions of a number of the prints in Piranesi's best-known architectural series, the Vedute di Roma.
Gift of William Doniger in memory of Katherine Dimock Doniger

Menke Print Collection

The Menke Collection is an eclectic gathering of several hundred prints dating from approximately 1650 to 1950; it includes a few original drawings, watercolors, and paintings as well. Especially strong in European topographical and city views (of the Rhineland most of all), it also includes good series of the caricature prints of Daumier, Cham, and the Vanity Fair artists together with a few important single images by such artists as M. C. Escher and Hiroshige.
Gift of Eric F. Menke

William E. C. Morgan Collection

The library holds what is undoubtedly the strongest extant collection (49 of 53 known prints) of the work of English metal engraver and etcher William E. C. Morgan, whose brilliant beginnings in the 1920s were thwarted by failing eyesight a decade later. The collection also includes a number of original drawings, trial proofs, and printmaking tools.
Gifts (in part) of Annette Wuthrich-Morgan and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Strishock

John and Margaret Rackham Collection

The Rackham Collection comprises primarily British prints of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, principally in the various intaglio print processes. It is broadly representative in scope, but its more than 200 images include examples by a number of outstanding printmakers, including Stanley Anderson, Frank Brangwyn, David Cameron, Robert Gibbings, Augustus John, E. S. Lumsden, James McBey, John Martin, John Everett Millais, William Strang, and C. F. Tunnicliffe.
Gift of John and Margaret Rackham

Other Fine Print Acquisitions

Over the past few years the library has benefited from a number of gifts of fine prints, totalling more than 200 examples, principally by American and British artists and dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. These gifts have included works by a number of printmakers, including Valenti Angelo, Francesco Bartolozzi, Leonard Baskin, John Sell Cotman, Winslow Homer, Robert Rauschenberg, and Victor Vasarely, to name only a few. Principal donors include Mrs. Henry M. Abbot, David Allen, Susan Anderson, George M. and Penelope C. Barringer, Patricia G. England, Joseph E. and Jeannine Jeffs, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Lebwohl, Rev. Paul F. Liston, Judith McCabe, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Morgan, Jack B. Pierson, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert J. Sanborn, Leslie and Alice Schreyer, Donald Smith, Prentiss Taylor, and Vic Zink.


Editorial Cartoon Collection

The work of more than 30 American cartoonists, ranging from pre-World War I drawings by Thomas Nast and Oscar Cesare to fairly recent works by Ed Valtmann, Jeff MacNelly, and Tony Auth, is represented in the collection, which includes more than 200 original cartoons. Most of these works relate to national--and frequently political--issues and are the work of cartoonists for major dailies or syndicates. Of special interest are groups of cartoons by John Baer, Gene Basset, Jim Berryman, Oscar Cesare, Robert Clark, Bill Crawford, Gib Crockett, John Stampone, and H. M. Talburt. Major donors to the collection include Gene Basset, Malcolm C. McCormack, and Art Wood, but the list of donors to the collection includes more than 20 individual cartoonists and others.

Eric Smith Collection

The Smith Collection, which comprises the original editorial cartoons drawn by Georgetown alumnus Eric McAllister Smith (primarily for the Annapolis Capital-Gazette), includes the greater part of Mr. Smith's output since 1972. The collection now includes more than 4,800 items. A collection of this size will sustain not merely the study of Smith's work as a cartoonist but also that of a unique viewpoint on Annapolis and Maryland state issues throughout the period covered. The cartoons are partially indexed by subject and date.
Gift of the artist

Other Cartoon Holdings

A fair percentage of the political collections held by the library, including such examples as the Robert F. Wagner Papers and the McCarthy Historical Project Archive, have amongst their materials one or more-- or many--original editorial cartoons. Of particular importance is a recent gift of 21 examples for the Harry L. Hopkins Papers, all of them featuring Hopkins in the image, by such cartoonists as Rube Goldberg, Roy Evans, and Ed Duffy.
Gifts of Diana Hopkins Halsted and others

Poster Collections

A number of collections (Virginia Murray Bacon, de Garczynski Family, and others) contain posters of greater or lesser interest. Four groups of posters, however, deserve special notice:

Aline Fruhauf Collection

The library's holdings of prints by this well-known Washington artist are supplemented and enhanced by a series of 17 encaustic paintings, portraits of local Washington musical figures of the 1950s and 60s, being the major portion of the set of 28 portraits as originally conceived by the artist.
Gift of Erwin P. Vollmer

Adolf Schaller Collection

The past two decades have seen the production of television series and motion pictures that have considerably enhanced the concept of "space art" beyond its original sense of imaginary drawings accompanying science fiction narratives. Among the acknowledged modern masters of the craft is Adolf Schaller (b. 1956), selected as one of three prime artists for Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" series. The library now owns 15 of Schaller's color airbrush originals.
Gift of Robert Edmund


Denis Carbonneau Papers

The Carbonneau Papers document the inception and production of Henry Hart's A Relevant Memoir (1977), the history of the Equinox Cooperative Press founded largely through the initiative and energy of Lynd Ward. The collection includes letters from Ward and others.
Gift of Mr. Carbonneau
1976-1983 * 0.75 linear foot

Samuel W. Everett Papers

The Everett collection consists largely of architectural and technical drawings, genre drawings, and other art-related items created by Dr. Samuel W. Everett, one of the founding faculty and professor of anatomy of Georgetown's School of Medicine. The collection also includes printed ephemera from the early days of the "Medical Department of Georgetown College."
1817-1851 * 0.25 linear foot

Isac Friedlander Papers

The career of the Latvian-born printmaker and illustrator, Isac Friedlander, is well documented in his surviving papers, which include copies of exhibit catalogs in which his works were included (and frequently illustrated); news cuttings concerning his work and prizes he won; and correspondence with fellow artists, groups, and institutions. Of particular note among his correspondents are John Taylor Arms and Arthur Heintzelman. A prolific etcher and wood engraver, Friedlander came to the United States in 1929 to settle in New York.
Gift of Marga Friedlander
ca. 1928-1982 * 2.50 linear feet

Violet Oakley Papers

The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, and exhibit catalogs documenting many facets of the career of this American muralist and illustrator, a student of Howard Pyle. Besides drawings by Oakley and a few by her friend, the artist Edith Emerson, the papers are also supplemented by a small group of books from Oakley's library, many with presentation inscriptions from their authors.
Gift of Nicholas B. Scheetz
ca. 1918-1966 * 1.50 linear feet

Charles Quest Papers

The collection of this St. Louis printmaker and muralist, an art professor at Washington University, includes exhibit catalogs, materials relating to his exhibits and prizes, and correspondence with Clare Romano, Lynd Ward, and officials of the Society of American Graphic Artists, among others.
Gift of Dorothy Quest
ca. 1904-1990 * 7.50 linear feet

Lynd Ward-May McNeer Papers

The Ward-McNeer Papers document the entire artistic career of the well-known American printmaker and illustrator Lynd Ward, from his student days at Columbia through the period of his "woodcut novels" (Gods' Man, 1929, and others) to his establishment as one of the premier book illustrators in this country. They also provide insight into political and labor activities among American artists in the 1930s and 1940s and include the extant records of the Equinox Cooperative Press, founded by Ward and a few associates in 1932. Among correspondents must be mentioned John Taylor Arms, Fritz Eichenberg, Allen Ginsberg, Granville Hicks, Stewart Holbrook, Rockwell Kent, Llewellyn Powys, and Art Young.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ward
1925-1981 * 23.00 linear feet

Don Wesely-John DePol Papers

The documentary portion of this collection, which also includes a complete set of the materials produced by DePol and Wesely, provides evidence of how a long series of "keepsakes" and other items--all wood engravings by DePol with text by Wesely--were produced and published under the auspices of two financial printing firms for which the two men worked. Also included are materials for publications which never were finished: texts by Wesely and/or proofs of wood engravings by DePol.
Gift of Mr. Wesely
1974-1981 * 1.00 linear foot


Still Photography

The photographic holdings of the Special Collections Division are both extensive and important. The main photographic collections are described in detail under their appropriate subjects: the Quigley Photographic Archive, the Ernest LaRue Jones Collection, the Barnes Collection, the Brosnan Collection, and others. Recent acquisitions that strengthen photographic resources are the relevant portions of the Engert Papers, the T. M. Wilson Papers, the Hein Papers, and the Sullivan Papers (each also described elsewhere). Altogether, more than 60 of the library's collections as well as the University Archives contain important photographic components, and the total number of images held approaches 300,000. These range in date from the 1840s to the present and include examples of virtually every known photographic process. Included in the collections are examples of work by Matthew Brady and Alexander Gardner, by Ansel Adams and Margaret Bourke-White, and portfolios by Ralph Gibson and Garry Winogrand, the gift of Rudolph Demasi.

Quigley Photographic Archive

The Quigley archive is, properly speaking, the photo "morgue" of Quigley Publications, active under various titles since 1915 in motion picture industry trade publishing (Motion Picture Herald, Motion Picture Daily, and others). Primarily an assemblage of publicity photos, the archive is a unique national resource for photographs of motion picture industry people: producers, directors, animators, and their colleagues. Actors and actresses figure less prominently, but are well represented among the approximately 55,000 black-and-white photographs and 3,500 negatives ranging in date from about 1906 to 1972. Of special interest also are smaller files of photographs devoted to motion picture studios, theaters, and recording and projection equipment.
Gift of Martin S. Quigley

Martin J. Quigley Papers

The Quigley Papers document in some detail the creation and later history of the Production Code adopted in 1930 by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America as well as the formation and activities of the Legion of Decency, the Catholic Church's organization that sought to exercise moral restraints on Hollywood productions. Among the more important correspondents are Joseph Breen, Will Hays, Howard Hughes, Eric Johnston, Stanley Kubrick, Archbishop John T. McNicholas, and Francis Cardinal Spellman. The original corrected typescript of the Production Code itself is supplemented by a number of typescript screenplays, including one for the film version of Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita, and by copious material on the Legion of Decency in the papers of Wilfrid Parsons, S.J. (described under The Society of Jesus).
Gift of Martin S. Quigley
1917-1970 * 4.50 linear feet

Terry Ramsaye Papers

The papers of the long-time (1931-1949) editor of Motion Picture Herald include correspondence, manuscripts, and information files covering virtually all aspects of the American motion picture industry from its beginnings to 1950. Assembled in part to document Ramsaye's A Million and One Nights (1926) and his unpublished Shadow Play - The Pictures at Mid-Century, the files contain letters by Thomas Armat, Billy Bitzer (D. W. Griffith's cameraman), Will Hays, and many others, as well as important original photographic materials such as clips from early films (1895-1897) and portraits of cinema pioneers and early movie houses.
Gift of Helene Ramsaye
1895-1986 * 5.00 linear feet

Thomas Armat Papers

Even though the group of Armat papers at Georgetown is little more than a fragment, Armat's place in cinematographic history (as the inventor of the motion picture projector) makes them worthy of mention. Besides printed items and non-print memorabilia, the collection includes important letters to Armat from Thomas Edison and Orville Wright, among others.
Gift of Mrs. C. Brooke Armat
ca. 1911-1928 * 0.25 linear foot

Quigley Deposit Collection

This collection comprises the most complete runs extant of Quigley publications: Motion Picture Herald and its antecedents (1915-1972); Motion Picture Daily (1930-1972); International Motion Picture (Television) Almanac (1930 to date); and Fame (1937-1970). Allied to these are a partial rough subject index to Motion Picture Herald; a complete card file index to film reviews published in Motion Picture Daily; and a card file containing mounted copies of reviews of features and shorts from Motion Picture Herald from about 1920 to 1972. The deposit collection is backed up by complete microfilm versions of the major publications.
Deposited by Martin S. Quigley

Department of Defense Film Collection

The collection consists of files from the liaison office of the Defense Department dealing with the film and television industry, including hundreds of scripts submitted to DOD in hopes of gaining official cooperation (loan of war material, primarily) or acceptance for work contracted out, together with relevant correspondence and internal DOD memoranda concerning action taken on specific requests. While the military-film industry connection is interesting, the eventual primary value of the collection will be in the many hundreds of film and television scripts themselves, which offer a detailed insight into the way Hollywood and the television industry have dealt with military themes and subjects over an extended time period.
Gift of the Department of Defense
1948-ca. 1960 * 43.50 linear feet

Lawrence Suid Collection

The Hollywood film industry's relations with the armed services are the subject of the several hundred taped and transcribed interviews in the Suid Collection. Issues such as military cooperation with film makers and military influence on scriptwriting and production decisions are explored in detail with producers, writers, directors, and military liaison personnel from 1945 to the late 1970s.
Gift of Mr. Suid


Leon Robbin Collection of Music Manuscripts and Letters of Composers

By the terms of an agreement concluded at the end of 1994, Mr. Robbin has agreed to transfer to Georgetown over a period of years his collection of approximately 700 classical musical manuscripts and letters written by composers. To date, items donated to the library include manuscripts by Cadman, Donizetti, Gounod, Liszt, Massenet, Mendelssohn, Palestrina (later copy), Rossini, Johann Strauss, Thomas, and von Suppé, together with letters by Gounod, Liszt, and Mendelssohn.
Gift of Mr. Robbin
ca. 1775-1924 * 0.50 linear feet

Felix G. Robinson Papers

The Robinson Papers center on three of their creator's great interests: the history of western Maryland and West Virginia, as shown in the files relating to his Tableland Trails; genealogy, reflected in various family compilations; and music, as shown in the files documenting the history of the Mountain Choir Festival, which Robinson inaugurated in 1934. Correspondents of note include John Dos Passos, T. S. Eliot, Roy Harris, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Leopold Stokowski, among others.
Gift of Ariel D. Robinson and Muriel Franc
1793-1967 * 25.00 linear feet

Patrick T. Bakman Papers

The Bakman Papers provide extensive documentation of Bakman's career as a director of opera productions over a period of two decades. They include production files, reference and information files, libretti and scripts, musical scores, and blueprints and renderings for stage sets, as well as correspondence, costume design sketches and other related materials.
Gift of Mrs. Richard L. Bakman
1891-1991 * 27.00 linear feet

Lawrence Gilman Papers

Comprising seven boxes, eleven linear feet of material, the Lawrence Gilman Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, and printed matter relating to the life and career of Lawrence Gilman (1878-1939). The grandnephew of Johns Hopkins' University's first president Daniel Coit Gilman, Lawrence Gilman was a noted music critic for the "New York Herald-Tribune," annotator of orchestral programs for the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and radio commentator for broadcasts of New York Philharmonic concerts.
1901-1948 * 11.00 linear feet

Anton Gloetzner Collection

The Gloetzner Collection comprises a number of musical manuscripts and related materials by this nineteenth century professor of music at Georgetown. More importantly, the collection includes a copyist's manuscript, 1825, of the first two movements of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, displaying some differences from the published version.
Gift of Mr. Gloetzner
1825-ca. 1910 * 0.50 linear feet

Paul Hume Papers

The personal papers of music critic Paul Hume, including correspondence from illuminati of the music world. Includes scripts for programs hosted by Hume at WGMS-FM radio (Washington, D.C.), as well as both manuscripts and clippings files of articles he wrote as music critic for the Washington Post. The collection also includes several files of research material amassed by Hume and his wife Ruth during the writing of their book on the famous Polish pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski. These include copies of correspondence by Paderewski as well as by notable individuals in his circle.
Gift of the Hume family
1871-1997 * 17.50 linear feet

Other Music Holdings

Three other collections contain substantial materials of potential importance to the music historian:

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