Aaron Siskind Library

NB: The library catalog remains a resource to search or browse the published titles, monographs, etc., of the collection. However, the library itself is currently in storage while the PRC establishes a new home for it.

The PRC’s library recognizes the career and contributions of photographer Aaron Siskind (1903–1991), a teacher and photographer who significantly influenced the photographic practice in New England.

During the last twenty years of his life, he was based in the area and participated regularly with programs and events at the PRC. Among many donors to the PRC’s library, his gifts jumpstarted what has become a unique collection in the Boston photography community.

The Library was named in Siskind’s honor shortly after his death, though it had been amassing books from the PRC’s early days. By December 1980 there were some 2,000 items in the collection. Today, with gifts and acquisitions, the collection numbers almost 5,000 monographs, exhibition catalogs, surveys, critical histories, and other photography-related publications and periodicals.

Special thanks to photographer and retired librarian Vivien Goldman, who spearheaded the effort to re-catalog the Library holdings. She was assisted by interns Ian Sloat and Andrew Misler from Simmons College.

A Searchable Resource

The PRC is pleased to offer an online searchable catalog of our 5,000+ books. Click here to browse or search the collection.

Hours

The Siskind Library is currently in storage after residing for many years on Commonwealth Avenue. We are currently actively investigating potential new locations for the library in the area of our new administrative office at Lesley Art + Design’s Lunder Arts Center, Porter Square, Cambridge.

Donations

The Library is pleased to receive donations of photography books in good condition. We will provide a letter acknowledging your gift, though we are not able to offer appraisals to determine value. Should you wish to donate materials, please contact us.