The Smithsonian Institution Archives has a variety of resources related to the history of the Smithsonian, which is also a vital record of American history, scientific exploration, and international cultural understanding. Explore the audience links below to help find the resources you need.


(left to right): Henry Remak, Mrs. Leser , and Cornelia V. Christenson

Learn how you can leverage the Archives' vast resources to assist you in your research project. Our finding aidsdigital media, and troves of manuscripts and records are accessible to researchers, and our staff is eager to help you explore.   More


Linda Ezell Inventorying Spacesuit Pieces

We are YOUR institutional archives! Find out about the services provided at the Archives and how we can help you manage your records, learn about Smithsonian history, and follow collections preservation and conservation initiatives.More

General Public

1906 Sightseeing Bus, by Unknown, 1906, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 72-8601.

We all have collections, whether large or small, personal or institutional. Learn more about caring for your own collections, and explore the Archives’ collections and latest news by following our blog or Facebook page. And if you’re a fan of American History and the Smithsonian, spend some time browsing our collections.More


Catherine Burt and Ruth Selig

We love when our resources documenting the Smithsonian and American History are used in the classroom. See how you can use our curriculum guides, lesson plans, online exhibits, and primary sources in the classroom.More


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As archivists, we're committed to helping other archivists. Peruse our policies for record management and collections care. We'd love to hear what you think, so add your comments to our blog, THE BIGGER PICTURE.More


Caroline Newman, by Vargas, Rick, 1993, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 93-13240-7A.

Learn how to use our vast collections of images, audio, video, and documents in your projects.  We make it easy for you to gain the rights you need to reproduce our materials.More

The Media

Raymond Lewis Clapper (1892-1944)

Keep in touch with the Archives. We share our news in our blog, THE BIGGER PICTURE, and on our Facebook page. And you can also learn about our recent projects through our press releases.More