The Smithsonian Institution Libraries continues
to expand our online collection. Use the links on the left to browse
our Galaxy of Knowledge. Please take a moment to bookmark this page,
and visit it on a regular basis.
SIL will feature a different selections from our Digital Library
right here. We hope you will enjoy our most recent featured selection...
month's featured selection is Drawing from Life: Selections of
Caricatures & Cartoons from the American Art/Portrait Gallery
Library Collection by Kent C. Boese.
Smithsonian Institution Libraries has a substantial collection of
cartoon and caricature books. While these materials can be found
in several branch libraries - such as the Cooper-Hewitt, National
Design Museum Library or the National Museum of American History
Library - the largest concentration is at the Smithsonian American
Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library (AA/PG). The collection
at AA/PG includes general collections, rare, and special collections
titles which date from 1800. Currently numbering over 600 volumes,
this growing collection has a strong focus on the works by American
artists - the oldest dating to the Civil War period.
hope you enjoy this collection online...
You may notice that each edition in our Digital Library has a unique
identity. Each of these identities has been inspired by the original
object from our collection and its own subject matter. SIL feels
that it is important for you, our users, to have a genuine and authentic
experience when viewing our online collections. We recognize that
looking at a book online is not the same as turning the pages of
a book you pulled from the stacks yourself. However, viewing our
collections online can afford you many more riches and rarely will
you find yourself with a paper-cut! You are limited only by your