Prints & Photographs Department

The Prints and Photographs Department holds more than 200,000 graphic images, including photographs, slides, postcards, broadsides, prints, negatives, and maps. These items date from the mid-1600s to the present and feature many unique items such as illustrated newspapers, drawings, sketches, daguerreotypes, tintypes, stereograph cards, and glass plate negatives.

 All permission to publish inquiries for photographs and printed materials housed within the Manuscript Division are processed through the Prints and Photographs Department.

To view our finding aids, guides, and digital collections, please visit Digital Howard


For all general inquiries and research questions about permissions and Prints and Photographs Collections please email

If you would like to submit a MSRC Permission to Publish Form, please visit our online submission page.

Photograph Description:

 From the Robert Adelman Civil Rights and Black Life Photograph Collection. Image ID: P101-C-003-038_020.

Harlem Rally, August 1963: Large group of men and women leaning on a wooden barrier that says, "Do Not Cross."