Researchers should contact the individual institutions regarding scope of the collections listed and access to the material.
- Tucson. Center for Creative Photography.
- Los Angeles. University of California, Los Angeles, University Research Library, Department of Special Collections.
- Santa Monica. J. Paul Getty Museum, Department of Photographs.
- New Haven. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Collection of American Literature. Several thousand photographs and Van Vechten's negatives.
- New Haven. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Negro Arts and Letters. Photographs and color slides of black artists and writers.
- District of Columbia
- Howard University, Library, Special Collections. The Rose McClendon Memorial Collection of Photographs of Celebrated Negroes.
- National Portrait Gallery.
- Atlanta. Atlanta University, Library, Special Collections. The Countee Cullen Memorial Collection of Photographs of Celebrated Negroes.
- Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids Art Center.
- Iowa City. University of Iowa, Library, Special Collections. Large selection of photographs.
- Chicago. The Museum of Contemporary Photography.
- New Orleans. New Orleans Museum of Art.
- New Orleans. Tulane University, New Orleans.
- Northampton. Smith College Museum of Art.
- Waltham. Brandeis University, Library, Special Collections. 1,600 photographs.
- Detroit. Detroit Institute of Arts, Graphic Arts Department.
- Detroit. Public Library. The E. Azalia Hackley Memorial Collection of Photographs of Celebrated Negroes.
- Kansas City. Hallmark Cards.
- New Jersey
- Newark. The Newark Museum.
- Princeton. Princeton University. The Art Museum.
- Princeton. Princeton University. Library, Rare Books and Special Collections.
- New Mexico
- Albuquerque. University of New Mexico, University Art Museum. Jerome Bowers Peterson Memorial Collection of Photographs. 200 portraits of blacks.
- Santa Fe. Museum of New Mexico, Photographic Archives.
- New York
- Brooklyn. Brooklyn Museum.
- New York City. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Prints and Photographs.
- New York City. Museum of Modern Art. Portraits of dancers and choreographers.
- New York City. Museum of the City of New York. Portraits of theater personalities and black artists and writers.
- New York City. New York Public Library, Rare Book and Manuscript Division. Carl Van Vechten Collection. Family and personal photographs, color slides, photographs of the Stage Door Canteen, and the 1939 World's Fair.
- New York City. New York Public Library, Dance Collection. The Fania Marinoff Collection of Dance Photographs.
- New York City. New York Public Library, Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection. Photographs of celebrated authors.
- North Salem. Hammond Museum. 400-500 photographs.
- Rochester. International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House.
- Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
- Philadelphia. Philadelphia Museum of Art. Several thousand images representing the entire scope of Van Vechten's work.
- Philadelphia. The Rosenbach Museum and Library.
- Nashville. Fisk University, Library, Special Collections. George Gershwin Memorial Collection of Music and Musical Literature. Portraits of musicians.
- Austin. University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Photography Collection.
- Houston. Menil Foundation.
- Richmond. University of Richmond.
- Milwaukee. Marquette University Library. Karl Priebe Collection. 4,000 photographs.
Note: For additional material relating to Carl Van Vechten, researchers are encouraged to use Bruce Kellner's bibliography. Selected works pertaining to Van Vechten's photographic work are listed below.
Byrd, Rudolph P., ed. Generations in Black and White: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten. (From the Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection.) Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1993.
Davis, Keith. The Passionate Observer: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1993.
Catalog for a traveling exhibition organized by Hallmark Cards. 59 portrait photographs are reproduced with biographical information about the sitters.
Kellner, Bruce. A Bibliography of the Work of Carl Van Vechten. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1980.
One section lists portraits taken by Van Vechten and provides citations of the published images. Other material relates to photographic exhibitions and collections that contain Van Vechten photographs.
Kellner, Bruce. Carl Van Vechten and the Irreverent Decades. [First ed.] Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1968.
Kellner, Bruce, ed. Letters of Carl Van Vechten. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987.
Lueders, Edward G. Carl Van Vechten. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1965.
Mauriber, Saul, comp. Portraits, the Photography of Carl Van Vechten. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1978.
Van Vechten, Carl. The Dance Photography of Carl Van Vechten. Introduction by Paul Padgette. New York: Schirmer Books, 1981.
Van Vechten, Carl. Portraits by Carl Van Vechten: A Photographic Exhibition. Nashville, Tennessee: The Carl Van Vechten Gallery of Fine Arts, Fisk University, 1981.
10 images from the exhibition are reproduced.