The Academy houses one of the largest public collections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art in the country. The Rights and Reproductions Department handles photographic requests for images in the National Academy's permanent collection for scholarly use; for reproduction in written publications such as exhibition catalogues, books and articles; for commercial products such as calendars, cards and posters.
The National Academy of Design, in New York City, now called simply, The National Academy, is an honorary association of American artists, with a museum and a school of fine arts. It has had several homes over the years. Since 1942 the academy has occupied a mansion that was the former home of sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington and Archer Milton Huntington at Fifth Avenue and Eighty-Ninth Street. The original founders of the National Academy of Design were students of the American Academy of Fine Arts. However, by 1825 the students of the Academy felt a lack of support for teaching from the Academy, its board composed of merchants, lawyers, and physicians, and from its unsympathetic president.