Reference Inquiries


If you’re planning a visit, please note that most records and special collections are stored off-site, so researchers should contact the Reference Team at least one week prior to visiting to ensure that records can be made available in the Archives Reading Room.

Please contact us with any questions about the Smithsonian Institution Archives’ collection holdings and services. We will get back to you within ten business days. Visit the main Smithsonian website if you have general inquiries.

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Please succinctly provide us with any information pertinent to your inquiry. If you are writing to us about a research request, provide as much detail as possible about the collections in which you are interested (including collection numbers, box numbers, and folder titles).
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