The online inventory of the Department of Graphic Arts of the Louvre describes and reproduces the drawings, cartoons, pastels and miniatures listed in the original handwritten inventories of the Cabinet des Dessins in the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay. It also includes drawings from the Edmond de Rothschild Collection, a collection of drawings recovered from Germany after World War ll and assigned to the French National Museums by the Office des Biens Privés, the collection of paintings on paper and miniatures on loan from the Department of Paintings of other institutions and the collection of autograph works in the Cabinet des Dessins.
Central French National Museums Library houses a major collection of manuscripts. These include curators’ archives, archaeological archives and artists’ letters. From the 19th century there are also documents relating to the Salons and to the art market. Several collections of manuscripts acquired by the Musée d’Orsay are kept in the Central Library of the French National Museums.
This collective catalogue groups together the bibliographic references (monographs, museum catalogues, exhibition catalogues, catalogues from salons and art sales, collections of periodicals, CD-ROMs, etc) of the 23 French National Museum libraries, including the Musée d’Orsay and the Central French National Museums library.