Smithsonian Photography Initiative Joins the Smithsonian Institution Archives March 31, 2009

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On March 31, 2009, the Smithsonian Photography Initiative (SPI) joined the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) in effort to bring Smithsonian photographic collections together virtually and enable cross searches and discovery. SPI was established in 2001 to develop a model to make SI photographs more accessible and visible to the public. SIA is the official repository for the Smithsonian Institution's records. SIA's mission includes the care of the SI records, and it creates products and services that promote understanding of the Smithsonian and its history. The partnership between SIA and SPI was formed to increase access and use of their photographic collections both on site and via the web. Plans for the integration of the two branches will be headed by Anne Van Camp, Director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.


  • Van Camp, Anne
  • McNally, Alison
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA)
  • Undersecretary for Finance and Administration
  • Smithsonian Photography Initiative


Chronology of Smithsonian History


SI Email Announcements, April 13, 2009, "Smithsonian Photography Initiative to Join Smithsonian Archives," by Alison McNally, Under Secretary for Finance and Administration

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


March 31, 2009


  • Photography
  • Photograph collections
  • World Wide Web
  • Management
  • Internet
  • Reorganizations

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