News Releases & Fact Sheet


Smithsonian Institution Archives Short Fact Sheet, FY2017

  • Collections held by the Smithsonian Institution Archives: 41,000 cubic feet
  • Digitized images, documents, Field Books, Journals, Scrapbooks, Diaries, and Log Books online: 21,191
  • New oral histories conducted in FY17: 7 interviews of 10 individuals (930 individuals total represented in 1044 interviews)
  • Finding aids to collections online: 5,404
  • Digitized Field Books, Journals, Scrapbooks, Diaries, and Log Books online: 930
  • Volume of born-digital collections held: 10.6 TB 
  • Reference inquiries answered in FY17: 935 in-person visits, 7,991 inquiries by email, phone, and US postal mail
  • Number of projects transcribed by FY17 online volunteers in the Smithsonian Transcription Center201 new projects and 10,749 pages (751 projects, 40,989 total pages) 
  • Number of online volunteers working on Archives’ projects: 3,774 (509 new volunteers in FY17)
  • Number of in-person volunteers: 11 volunteers, 2641 hours 

Smithsonian Institution Archives News Releases