presentation of the iconographic library

The iconographic library of the musée du quai Branly holds nearly 700,000 pieces. Among them, 580,000 come from photographic library of the musée de l’Homme, 66,000 of the library of the former musée national des arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie. 3,500 graphic arts from the History collections of the historical collections of the musée national des arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie and also from the collections of graphic arts and paintings of French artists from the ethnology laboratory of the musée de l’Homme.   

A number of acquisitions from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as contemporary works, enrich this collection.

a specific collection

The collection of posters, postcards, engravings, and drawings complement the iconographic richness of the photographs taken on expeditions, journeys, and missions around the world, preserved individually or in albums.

The compilation of these collections in its richness and diversity, constitutes an exceptional ensemble for the history of photography, ethnology, and history of the collections themselves.

references for presentations of the collections of the iconographic library