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Prints and Photographs Division

INTRODUCTION

USING THE COLLECTIONS

SELECTED HOLDINGS
Graphic Journalism and Illustration
Photojournalism Collections
Documentary Surveys
Civil War Photographs
FSA/OWI
arrow graphicRegional Architectural Surveys
HABS/HAER
Edward S. Curtis
Advertising and Propaganda
Pictures: Business and Art
Design Collections
Organizations' Records
Personal Papers

CONCLUSION

VISIT/CONTACT

Regional Architectural Surveys
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West Martingham outbuildings, St. Michael's, Talbot County, Maryland. Francis Benjmain Johnston. 1936. Prints and Photographs Division.
LC-USZC4-3875.
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Several New Deal-era projects set out to document American architecture, in the process recording many of the spaces in which women lived, worshiped, and worked (see also Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record). The Carnegie Corporation funded two architectural surveys, beginning in 1929:

  • The Pictorial Archives of Early American Architecture (PAEAA) (10,000 photographs, ca. 1930-38) instituted a national campaign to acquire photographic negatives of seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century buildings in the United States. The PAEAA collected and cataloged negatives and photoprints, primarily of structures in the New England and the Middle Atlantic states, including images by Frances Benjamin Johnston and others. For further information, see the collection summary: http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/186.html.
    Searching the Collection:
    Sites can be searched in the PAEAA card index as well as the master card catalog for the architectural collections, both of which are organized by state, county, and city. Submit a call slip in the reading room to view materials
  • Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South (7,000 photographs, 1933-40): Frances Benjamin Johnston canvassed nine southern states, making a systematic record of the early buildings and gardens. She was one of the first to document vernacular building traditions, photographing not only the great mansions of the South but also churches, graveyards, row houses, offices, kitchens, warehouses, mills, shops, farm buildings, and inns. The survey includes numerous shots of interiors and architectural details. For further information, see the collection summary: http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/039.html.
    Searching the Collection:
    The photographic prints are indexed through a Carnegie Survey Collection card index, as well as the master card catalog for the architectural collections, both of which are organized by state, county, and city or local place name. Submit a call slip in the reading room to view materials.
    A published microfiche, Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South, 1927-1943 (Alexandria, Va.: Chadwyck-Healy, 1985) reproduces the photographs in the collection.

Few images from either collection have been cataloged in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC).

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