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Library of Congress
Collections Policy Statement. Fine and Applied Arts—Non Book Materials (Graphic Arts)
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Collections Policy Statement Index
Fine and Applied Arts Non-book Materials (Graphic Arts)
I. Scope
II. Research Strengths
III. Collecting Policy
A. Fine prints
B. Posters
C. Artists' drawings
D. Architectural drawings and documentation
E. Popular and applied graphic art
IV. Acquisition Sources: Current and Future
V. Collecting Levels
I. Scope
This statement includes graphic arts materials in non-book formats, e.g., drawings and prints,
including posters and non-reproductive digital works, as detailed in the Collecting Policy
guidelines below. For books and periodicals, see the Fine and Decorative Arts - Books and
Periodicals Collections Policy Statement.
The graphic art collections represent the diversity of the American people and their disparate
The Library of Congress makes every effort not to duplicate the collecting efforts of other local
institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution and all of its museums, the Corcoran Gallery
of Art, The Phillips Collection, the National Gallery of Art, and the Historical Society of
Washington DC.
Paintings, sculptures, and other three-dimensional works of art are not acquired except under
the special conditions described in the Non-library Materials Supplementary Guideline or on a
case-by-case basis. The Library of Congress does not acquire commercial art reproductions,
including slides and posters relating directly to the materials and artists represented in the
Prints and Photographs Division, except when comparable high-quality material is not available
in book or other collected format. When a work of art is originally produced in a non-digital
format, the Library of Congress generally will not accept digital reproductions.
II. Research Strengths
The Library of Congress supports scholars engaging in research on the graphic arts; the history
of visual communication and expression from the
century to the current day; using graphic
arts to document American creative, cultural, and intellectual achievement; and seeking visual
content related to almost every Library of Congress collecting policy. Ranging from
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