The collection consists of 1,885 gelatin silver photographic prints, as well as documents from a disbound scrapbook containing ephemera relating to Irving Browning's career as a photographer and cinematographer. Photographs depict interiors and exteriors of art deco buildings, some under construction: they include theaters, hotels, skyscrapers, suburban residences, shops and institutions. Also captured are close-ups of Manhattan shoppers and window displays, Lower East Side peddlers, advertising sandwich boards, roof tops, Great Depression shanty towns and street life, dramatic skylines, night views, weather, sports, and many types of transportation. Portraits of Margaret Mead are included. Samples of the photomontage technique Irving Browning developed for his advertising clients complete the collection. Heavily represented locations include the Chrysler, Daily News, and Empire State Buldings, and the Earl Carroll and RKO Roxy theatres. Documents include photographic identification cards, press identification cards, professional membership cards, clippings, advertisements, and some correspondence.