Browse Lists of On-Line Finding Aids
Search Repository Guides to Smithsonian Archives Collections
Notes on Using SIA Collections
- Use the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System to conduct an on-line search of collection-level descriptions for Smithsonian Institution Archives holdings.
- The SIRIS Cross Catalog Searching Center allows you to search descriptive records from dozens of Smithsonian libraries, archives and specialized research units. Search over 1.7 million records, with links to images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from all across the Smithsonian.
These are the Smithsonian Archives finding aids that currently exist in electronic form. In an attempt to better serve researchers, maintain the finding aids in the most accessible format, and keep the finding aids current, the Archives is constantly adding new electronic finding aids to its website and revising old finding aids as appropriate. For access to finding aids that exist only in printed form and to consult previous versions of finding aids since transferred into an electronic format, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The majority of institutional records and special collections in SIA custody are open to research without restrictions. However, in some cases, sensitive materials will be restricted through agreement between the Archives and transferring offices or donors. Such restrictions are indicated at the beginning of each finding aid.
Access to restricted collections requires explicit permission from the transferring office or donor. Researchers must apply directly to the pertinent office or donor. For more information, contact the SIA Reference Staff (email email@example.com).
Revised: January 11, 2008