Street performance at Asakusa, Tokyo. (Etz-Trudell collection of hand-colored lantern slides of Japan). olvwork367766

Special Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library


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Joanne Bloom
Photographic Services Librarian






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Description of repository / collection image holdings:

The collections document works of art, architecture and material culture from the ancient world to the present and reflect the teaching and research of the History of Art and Architecture faculty and the Harvard University Art Museum's curatorial staff during the first half of the 20th century. Image formats include photographic prints, lantern slides, 35mm slides, postcards, facsimiles and albums. Areas of strength include Western art and architecture (particularly medieval architecture and Renaissance and Baroque painting), Islamic art and architecture, and Asian art and architecture. The collection includes many nineteenth-century images that are of interest as historic photographs themselves. The core of the collection is represented by cataloged photographs arranged by medium (architecture, sculpture, painting, decorative arts), then by culture or country, location, and/or artist.

What we have in VIA:

Available in VIA are selections from our large lantern slide collection including historic images of architectural monuments and hand-colored tourist images of Japan, complete images of our extensive Chinese rubbings collection, color and black and white images of Afghanistan by the photographer Josephine Powell and early 20th century images of China amassed by Professor Langdon Warner.

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