The Smithsonian Institution Archive Collections
Search the Smithsonian Institution Archives’ collections, which contain the official records of the Smithsonian, as well as personal papers, special collections, records of professional societies, and oral/video histories relating to the history of the Smithsonian. Not sure where to start? See our tips on how to search. Please note that staff are constantly adding to and updating records available here.
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The Archives provides access to selected individual images, documents, and oral/video histories contained in its collections. Browse here to see all media digitized and cataloged to date.
Search the Finding Aids which include general descriptions of materials, box/folder inventories of collection contents, and information on access and citation policies. Please note that the majority, but not all, of the Archives’ collections have Finding Aids.