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66 photogravure portraits of artists, writers, statesmen and other public figures, primarily American and English, in photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn's 1913 Men of Mark (from 1904 to 1913) and his 1922 More Men of Mark (from 1913 to 1922).
260 portrait photographs, from about 1880-1900, chiefly albumen cabinet cards and cartes de visite, of radical figures, and a variety of statesmen, authors, artists, actresses and other notable, primarily European, cultural figures. The backs of these cards are also viewable.
Hundreds of black and white photographs of New York City by Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) from her Changing New York Works Progress Administration/ Federal Art Project, plus other work Abbott produced as a project employee.
Thousands of maps of North America from the earliest printed portrayals to the close of the 19th century; multiple versions and editions allow for historical comparisons.
Hundreds of series published from before 1900 to the mid-20th century, totaling tens of thousands of individual cards (viewable front and back). Arranged by letter of the alphabet, they cover an encyclopedic range of subjects, including film stars, sports, and military topics, plants, animals, and monuments of the world.
Civil War Medical Care: Photographs from the United States Sanitary Commission Collection, 1861-1872
Over 200 photographs and drawings relating to the work, facilities and Civil War locales associated with the United States Sanitary Commission (USSC); forms Series XXXIII of the United States Sanitary Commission Records, 1861-1872.
Thousands of photographs of Indonesian costumes, theatrical performances, and dance movements taken by scholar Claire Holt and others, collected by her in travels through the region in the 1930s and later.
Illustrated books from the 16th century to the early 20th depicting the animals of the world. Based on the scholarly bibliography of the same title by Miriam Gross, published in Biblion, The Bulletin of The New York Public Library in 1994.
An assemblage of about two dozen (and growing) various and representative plate books, portfolios of paintings and prints, and illustrated surveys on costume and customs of people around the world, principally in the 19th century.
Scores of dance photographs feature specific dancers, and range from publicity stills to professional photographers' vintage prints.