Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division


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Short Introduction

The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division 'numbers more than 14 million images. These include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings.' (

The Photographs Division holds 42 Muybridge prints, an incomplete set of Animal Locomotion collotypes, approximately 64 stereoscopic images, 4 colour lithographs of Zoopraxographic discs and 4 black and white printed sheets, each containing 3 sets from Attitudes of Animals in Motion, arranged for the Zoetrope. The collection also holds two books by Muybridge.

Particular collections highlights of Muybridge's work includes a Panorama of San Francisco from California Street Hill, and an 1877 copy of
The Attitudes of Animals in Motion.

The special collections and general collections at the Library of Congress may hold further Muybridge material. Please contact with reference queries about holdings within the humanities and social sciences or for queries about the archives.

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Online Presence

Catalogue Records Online

Collection Items:

Photographic Material

Prints: 106


Booklets: 1

Books by Muybridge: 2

Books concerning Muybridge: 3


Zoopraxiscope discs: 4

Other: 4

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Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20540-4730
attn: Reference Section

Phone: +1 (202) 707-6394

Fax: +1 (202) 707-6647


Lead Contact:
Prints and Photographs reference team(

Open Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on federal holidays)

Accessibility of Muybridge Collections to Public:
Patrons involved in complex research are urged to call the Reading Room and discuss their search before making a visit.
Arrangements must be made when patrons expect to view more than 15 original items from the Division's collections of posters, drawings, master photographs, and fine prints (this does not include documentary photographs, the bulk of the Division's holdings); when requesting unprocessed material; when requesting fragile material requiring supervised handling or special preparation, such as many architectural drawings; for visits by a class or study group; or when the number of images required by a project will far exceed average use (e.g., searching thousands of images for digital publication).