Explore the services and resources the Smithsonian Institution Archives offers staff, researchers, and the public. Find out how to access the Archives’ collections, learn about the Archives’ records management and collections care programs, and get information on using and crediting the Archives’ collections.


The Reference staff serves scholarly researchers and the general public. This section includes information about the Archives’ collections, policies, and reference services.More

Rights and Reproduction

Fremont Davis (1915-1977), Smithsonian Institution Archives, SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-0887].

When photographs, and other records such as documents, audio, and video will be used for a commercial purpose, a licensing fee and a digitization fee are charged. This section contains information about fees and services.More

Records Management

Reference Cabinet

The Records Management staff provides guidance to staff in managing active records, in preparing permanent institutional records for acquisition, and in properly destroying temporary records.More


The Preservation team is responsible for the care of the Archives’ collections. This section contains best practices and guidelines for preservation, conservation, and digitization of collections.More