Research Assistance

The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) is the premier research collection of American photographic fine art and archives, promoting creative inquiry, dialogue, study and appreciation of photography’s enduring cultural influence. We are dedicated to expanding the history of photography and deepening an understanding of the medium. CCP holds an invaluable selection of archives, rare books and reference materials, and oral histories for use in the Volkerding Study Center.

Reference Services

While we continue to navigate the uncertainties of COVID-19, CCP staff are working hard to provide timely research or remote references service. Throughout this time, we have had significantly limited access to physical collections and continue to work through a significant backlog of reference requests. We endeavor to process requests in the order in which they have been received and we kindly ask for your patience. Please submit your questions and requests to our reference queue via the form below or directly to Please note that phone calls and direct messages will also be forwarded to this queue for the sake of an equitable process. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Research and Reference Assistance Request Form