We are pleased to announce that the library holdings of the National Portrait Gallery Heinz Archive & Library are now live on Copac.
The National Portrait Gallery’s Library supports the Gallery’s research needs, with strengths in British portraiture, history, and biography.
The National Portrait Gallery has collected library materials since the founding of the Gallery in 1856, and the Heinz Archive & Library now holds approximately 35,000 books and exhibition catalogues, runs of 150 periodical titles (70 currently received), catalogues from sales featuring portraits from 1866 to the present, a collection of approximately 600 rare books, and a small number of theses and dissertations. Additionally, the Archive & Library holds extensive image files organized by sitter and by artist, an index of over 1,000,000 references to portraits, the Gallery’s Reference Collection of prints and drawings, and its Archive Collections: Gallery Records (the institutional records of the Gallery which date from its foundation to the present day) and a number of Collected Archives (material acquired from external sources because of its relevance to the study of British portraiture).
The library actively collects materials pertaining to portraiture, biography and British culture and history. It welcomes donations of relevant papers submitted for research degrees, which are made available to the public only under supervision.
To limit your search to the holdings of the National Portrait Gallery, go to the main search tab on http://copac.ac.uk/search and choose ‘National Portrait Gallery from the drop-down list of libraries.