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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...

Featured Selection

Screen Capture of Sewing MachinesThis month's featured selection is Drawing from Life: Selections of Caricatures & Cartoons from the American Art/Portrait Gallery Library Collection by Kent C. Boese.

The 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.

We hope you enjoy this collection online...

Note: 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 own imagination.



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