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Art and Photography

Scattered throughout the Department's holdings is a wealth of works of art on paper by many British artists and illustrators, most of whom have a literary association: for example, Georges DuMaurier, Thomas Rowlandson, J.M. Barrie, John Ruskin, John Everett Millais, Simeon Solomon, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, and Max Beerbohm. Worthy of special mention is the renowned Gallatin-Beardsley Collection, which includes 130 drawings by Aubrey Beardsley, collected by the American artist A.E. Gallatin, along with a rich archive of correspondence, posters, illustrated books, and other materials by or related to the 1890s English artist.

Worthy of special mention are approximately 700 photographs by Charles Dodgson/Lewis Carroll (including some of the original Alice) in the Parrish Collection and the Cotsen Library; nearly 900 photographs of the Near East and Greece by the firm of Félix Bonfils (1870s) and hundreds of photographs of writers by Man Ray, Berenice Abbott, Gisèle Freund, Alfred Harcourt, and other well-known photographers in the Sylvia Beach Papers, Manuscripts Division; and about 2,750 American Indian photographs in the Western America Collection. Other collections include Carl Van Vechten's photos of Eugene and Carlotta O'Neill, Alison Frantz's photos of Classical and Byzantine Greece. Also worthy of note are selected papers of American artist and ornithologist John James Audubon and French sculptor Auguste Rodin. the Department has Laurence Hutton's Collection of more than 100 death and life masks (mostly copies) of artists and statesmen, and approximately 5,000 early 20th-century American architectural drawings, primarily of C. Grant La Farge and the firms with which he was associated.

The following are available electronically:

1. collection-level bibliographic records are found in RLIN/AMC and in the OPAC
2. collection-level descriptions and indexing records for 23,250 individuals and corporate bodies in MASC (Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections) at http://www.princeton.edu/~rbsc/databases/masc.html
3.the "Master List of Finding Aids in Manuscript and like Collections in the Princeton University Library" at http://libweb2.princeton.edu:80/rbsc2/aids/msslist/maindex.htm.
4. Portfolio (containing selected images available for reproduction) at http://libweb2.princeton.edu/rbsc2/portfolio/portfolio.html
5. Visuals (a local database with 14,000 records of prints, drawings, and other materials in the Graphic Arts Collection and the Western Americana Collection) at http://www.princeton.edu/~rbsc/graphicarts.html



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