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Picture Collection Online: A New Frontier

Picture Collection Online gives access to digital images of the following subjects:

  • African-Americans
  • American History
  • Animals
  • Army
  • Birds
  • Clothing & Dress
  • Costume
  • Design
  • Dragons
  • Exploration
  • Fashion Drawings
  • Fur Fashions
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Hairdressing
  • Hosiery
  • Insects
  • Native Americans
  • New York City
  • Pioneer Life
  • Punishments
  • Reptiles
  • Shoes
  • Slave Ships
  • Slavery
  • Snakes
  • Textiles
  • Umbrellas and Parasols

Picture Collection Online (PCO) is a select group of images from The New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Library, Picture Collection. Since its creation in 1915, the Picture Collection has met the needs of New York's large community of artists, illustrators, designers, teachers, students, and general researchers. Covering over 12,000 subjects, the Picture Collection is an extensive circulating collection and reference archive, the largest of its kind in any public library system. Learn more about the Picture Collection>>

The Picture Collection now expands to a new frontier and offers visual resources to online users worldwide. Users may search Picture Collection Online by keyword or by browsing a variety of indexes. Get help on searching PCO>>

Funded by a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant, and a private donation, the first installation of PCO was launched in 2002.




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