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[Lyndon Baines Johnson signing Civil Rights Bill, April 11, 1968]U.S. News and World Report Magazine Photograph Collection

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 20540-4730

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The collection consists of almost 1.2 million original 35mm and 2 1/4 inch negatives (primarily black & white) and 45,000 contact sheets donated by the U.S. News & World Report, Inc. The collection is primarily photographs taken by staff of the U.S. News & World Report Magazine between 1952 and 1986; images purchased by the magazine for one-time use were not donated to the Library. The collection depicts local, national, and international news topics, with particular emphasis on Washington, D.C., and the United States. The collection features coverage of politics, government, economics, industry, education, domestic life, transportation, communication, health care, and housing. It documents political campaigns, political conventions, congressional hearings, press conferences, foreign policy activities and foreign affairs, as well as space exploration and flight, consumer products, and gas rationing. Other images relate to crime, terrorism, student protests and the aftermath of violence, strikes, riots, and trials. Also included are images related to such issues as civil rights and the women's movement. Events portrayed include the Vietnam War, Watergate, and statesmen's visits (for example, Richard Nixon's 1958 trip to the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev's 1959 visit to the United States, and Fidel Castro's 1959 trip to the United States). Washington, D.C., coverage includes federal buildings and monuments, and Supreme Court activities, including judges, court decisions and events, and building views. National political, religious, and cultural leaders and personalities are portrayed such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Henry Kissinger, as well as international leaders such as Golda Meir, Anwar Sadat, and Menachem Begin.

There are also depictions of events and incidents in the political careers of men who became presidents (Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush), although there are fewer images from their presidential terms than from other parts of their careers.


A SUBJECT CARD INDEX created by U.S. News & World Report staff provides call numbers for folders which contain contact sheets and some frame enlargements. The cards represent more folders than are actually in the Library's collection, since the U.S. News & World Report did not donate all its photographs. Headings are inconsistant and there are few cross references, so a creative approach should be taken when using this index. Note that geographic access is by country, then state, then city (examples: U.S.-Alabama-Birmingham, or Norway-Oslo). The exception is District of Columbia, listed as D.C.

The CHRONOLOGICAL arrangement of the file of contact sheets provides access by the date the photographs were added to the file (which is not neccessarily the date of the event). Therefore, it may be necessary to check through the several succeeding months after an event to find images of it.

Note: If a folder is not in the file, patrons can check the U.S. News & World Report LOGBOOK, available on the finding aids shelf in the Reading Room. The logbook provides a chronological record of all photographic assignments for which U.S. News & World Report, Inc., retained negatives and contact prints and indicates which assignments were donated to the Library. (An "X" designates material not donated to the Library.)

CAPTIONS on the folders identify the subject, job number, photographer's initials, and date of the job.

PUBLISHED VOLUMES of the magazine are available in the P&P Reading Room, Reference Book collection, call number JK1.U65, for patrons who want to read the article in which specific images were published. It should be noted that there are many more images in the collection than were published in the magazine, and not all published images are in the collection. Generally, the collection does not include wire service photographs used by the magazine, with the exception of Black Star.


U.S. News & World Report, Inc., began publication of its magazine in 1948 in headquarters based in Washington, D.C. Among the principal staff photographers were: Warren K. Leffler (hired mid-1950s), Thomas J. O'Halloran (hired 1952), and Marion S. Trikosko (hired 1957). These photographers were primarily responsible for assignments in the Washington, D.C., region but also went on some special assignments outside the area. Foreign correspondents served as photographers when covering most international news topics and news topics in other parts of the country. The subject card index sometimes cites photographers by their initials.


Rights and Restrictions information is available on the Prints & Photographs Division web site.


Photographic prints or transparencies can be ordered directly from the Library of Congress, Duplication Services, Washington, D.C. 20540-5230. Order forms, price, and order instructions will be provided on request. When ordering copies of USN&WR photographs, patrons should attach to their order form a photocopy of the contact sheet with the desired item circled or highlighted. The entire negative number, including the folder and frame number should be cited. An example is: LC-U9-1234-frame 8.


All images to be copied must be approved by the reference staff. In general, quick copies of the contact sheets are dark and lack detail. To copy both the caption and the images at the same time, remove the contact sheet from the folder and place it on the folder. When placed together on the photocopy machine, both the caption and image will then be photocopied onto one sheet of paper.

Prepared by: Marcy Silver, Cataloger, with assistance from Barbara Orbach Natanson, Reference Specialist, and Mary Ison, Head, Reference Section. Last revised 8/99

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