Since 1880 the collection has grown through gifts from generous donors and through purchase and commission. We welcome gift offers for consideration as we build our collection for teaching and research purposes, and to enhance public spaces. Our priority is to grow a collection that reflects and includes diverse cultures, styles, and perspectives. We also welcome monetary donations for the purchase, commission, and care of the collection.

Recent Gift: The Katchis Collection

The Stuart and Ellen Katchis multi-year gift is a thoughtfully assembled collection of photographs with themes including war and the military, labor, nature, urban street life, portraiture, and theater/film subjects, and will serve as a primary teaching resource for studio photography, history, film studies, global post-war history, classes on colonialism, civil rights, economics, urban studies, and history of art. It presents significant opportunities to organize in-depth research exhibitions around groups of images. Since 2018 Stuart and Ellen Katchis have generously donated 360 photographs. 

Browse the Katchis Collection

Old photo of a child in a window behind a fire escape.
Erika Stone (b.1942, American). "Mother and Child, Atlanta, Georgia." c. 1970s. Vintage gelatin silver print. Gift of Stuart and Ellen Katchis; JH2019.11.12.19


Jackie O’Regan
Curator of Cultural Properties
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