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Photographic catalogues

Owing to their dispersal across the collections, photographs are listed in a number of online Library catalogues. Users are advised to consult both the main book catalogue Explore the British Library and the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue. A selection of photographs from the India Office collections and from the photographically-illustrated books collections can be viewed in the Online Gallery.

More information on the Library's photographic collections is available on our website

The International Dunhuang Project Catalogue of Silk Road Manuscripts has records of over 30,000 manuscripts in the British Library and collections worldwide written in more than 15 languages and scripts from the eastern Silk Road, dating from the second century BC to the 12th century AD. The catalogue includes photographs.


Photographically illustrated books has details for 1,323 books and 15,274 photographs with titles and descriptions, and 320 digital images of original photographs - from 1839 to 1914. Further records will be added in due course.D.