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Prints and Photographs Division



Graphic Journalism and Illustration
Photojournalism Collections
Documentary Surveys
Advertising and Propaganda
Pictures: Business and Art
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Architecture, Design, and Engineering Drawings
The Work of Charles and Ray Eames
Organizations' Records
Personal Papers



Design Collections
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Tray and vase decorated with floral patterns. Nasturtium tray design. Zuleima Bruff Jackson. 1890. Prints and Photographs Division.
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Visual images play an instrumental role in the design process, and the division's holdings include a rich array of drawings and plans that reflect this process. Buildings are the focus of the largest proportion of the design collections, but they also document the development of objects and vehicles.

Architectural and engineering drawings may offer insights into the environments women inhabited—the spaces designed specifically for their use, as well as the spaces that were not designed to accommodate women.

The division's two major bodies of design materials are described here:

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