Rare Books & Manuscripts Library

Photograph Collections

The Rare Books & Manuscripts Library's (RBML) Photograph Collections are rich in variety, quality and number. Below are some of the resources for learning more about these holdings. If you have questions or would like further assistance, please contact a curator.

Some are included a Photograph Collections database:

  • Floyd and Marion Rinhart Collection ambrotypes, callotypes, daguerreotypes, tintypes
  • Camp David photographs
  • FSA photographers such as Jack Delano, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, Marion Post Wolcott
  • WPA photographers, including William H. Abbenseth, Berenice Abbott, Sybil Anikeyev, Nacho Bravo, Hy Hirsh
  • other individual artists including, but not limited to: Harry Callahan, Edward S. Curtis, Harold Edgerton, Arthur Fellig (Weegee), Barbara Morgan, Anne Noggle, Aaron Siskind, John Henry Tobias, Jerry Uelsmann

In the PastPerfect database (available on-site):

  • stereographs (some, but not all of the Rinhart Collection stereo views)
  • D.C. Morrill photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake (1906)
  • selected photographs from the Louis Bromfield Papers
  • Lori Shepard Collection of nineteenth-century Japanese tinted albumen prints

In the Knowledge Bank, Ohio State's institutional repository:

Additional inventories:

In the Library catalog:

Other Large Collections:

  • Columbus Pictorialists
  • early glass plate negatives by OSU students
  • "Graflex Sees the War"World War II prints