Digital Library: Art and Design

A History of Pop-up and Movable Books: 700 Years of Paper Engineering

Video of a lecture given by Ellen Rubin on the history of pop-up and movable books.

A Jules Verne Centennial: 1905 - 2005

Fantastic illustrations from early editions of Verne's works to celebrate the "father of scientific fiction."

An Odyssey in Print: Adventures in the Smithsonian Libraries

Explore six centuries of rare books, manuscripts, art, and artifacts from the Smithsonian Libraries and learn how Smithsonian staff use these resources in their everyday work.

Archive of African Artists

An unparalleled and growing collection of files on contemporary African artists.

Art & Artist Files in the Smithsonian Libraries' Collections

Search the database of over 50,000 artist names, including emerging and regional American artists, who have files in our Art and Design and History and Culture libraries.

Artists' Books and Africa

Featruing books from the Warren M. Robbins Library of African Art and the National Museum of African Art, this online exhibition complements the exhibition at the museum.

Celebrity Caricature: Selections from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Hemingway and the Marx Brothers as drawn by the likes of Al Hirschfeld and Miguel Covarrubias.

Deciphering the Archimedes Palimpsest and Creating Digital Manuscripts

Lecture on the discovery, conservation, and imaging of the Archimedes Palimpsest by William Noel, Curator of Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum.

Design Digitized

Some of the most beautifully illustrated folios in the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Library's rare book collection.

Doodles, Drafts & Designs: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian

Trace how ideas evolve into reality through inventors' sketchbooks, engineers' mechanical drawings, and architects' renderings from the 1830s to the 1990s.

Drawing from Life: Caricatures and Cartoons from the American Art / Portrait Gallery Collection

Sometimes humorous and always educational selections culled from the Libraries' collection of cartoon and caricature dating from the 1800's on.

Fold, Pull, Pop and Turn

Images and videos from the exhibition Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop, Turn with examples of movable books spanning 500 years.

Frontier Photographer: Edward S. Curtis

Thirty years of grueling work on the North American Indian Project cost the artist his marriage and his health. It also yielded an American legacy that is an artistic masterpiece.

Hirshhorn Museum Library Audio Archive

Index and samples from event recordings and artist interviews dating back to the founding of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in 1969.

Incunabula in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

An index to the earliest books printed with movable type held by the Libraries. Some entries have associated images.

Le Garde-meuble, ancien et moderne

The beautifully illustrated mid-19th century periodical that helped the French cement their position as taste-makers in furniture and interior design.

Libraries in a Networked World

Video of a lecture given by Roy Tennant as part of the series on the future of libraries, museums and archives given in celebration of the Libraries' 40th anniversary.

Modern African Art: A Basic Reading List

An annotated bibliography that dispels the notion that nothing has been published on contemporary African art. Updated regularly.

Monographs on African Artists: An Annotated Bibliography

A bibliography that separates the polished gems from the stones - a list of substantive monographs and exhibition catalogs on 20th-21st century African artists.

Not Done Yet: Charting a new Course for Librarianship

Video of a lecture given by David Lankes entitled "Not Done Yet: Charting a new Course for Librarianship"

Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration

A selection of some of the preeminent examples of book illustration from the Libraries' varied collections.

Ramelli's Machines: Original drawings of 16th century machines

Original drawings and superb engravings from Ramelli's book of ingenious inventions that had a great influence on the development of mechanical engineering.

Science and the Artist's Book

The Libraries' first online exhibition with works by over two dozen artists who re-interpret scientific ideas, methods, and discoveries through an imaginative use of the book form.

Scientific Identity: Portraits from the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Portraits of scientists, engineers, and inventors collected by Bern Dibner to complement he thousands of scientific books and manuscripts in the library he founded.

Seed and Nursery Catalogs

Colorful collection of catalogs that document the history of the seed and agricultural implement business as well as ornamental and edible plants in the U. S.

Shedding Light on New York

This massive archive of photographs show the variety of lighting fixtures E. F. Caldwell & Co. produced for wealthy clients like Carnegie, Morgan, and Astor.

Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books

Learn more about and search hundreds of artists’ books and artists’ publications across the Smithsonian Libraries.

The Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio

The extraordinary, highly praised, and visually captivating work of amateur scholarship that was created through the efforts of the family and friends of a young woman from Ohio.

The Making of a Homemaker

"Comfort for her family is provided even at the expense of many an exhausted nerve, and an aching heart." Maybe what she needed was a comprehensive domestic guidebook?

Vibrant Visions: Pochoir Prints in the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Library

Richly colored illustrations from Art Nouveau and Art Deco era France that illustrate costume, interior, and pattern designs.

Voyages: A Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition

Voyages of discovery can be of many kinds: a physical journey to an unknown place, a mental exploration of new or familiar territory, or a wholly new episode of creative thought.

Your Smithsonian Libraries

It's not one library, or 20 individual libraries - it's one Smithsonian Libraries.