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SIRIS | Smithsonian Institution Research Information System

Archival, Manuscript, and Photographic Collections

The Smithsonian Institution Archives

Smithsonian Institution Archives holdings described in the Archives and Manuscripts Catalog document the history of the Smithsonian Institution since its founding in 1846; and research in the fields of science, art, history, and museology. Materials include institutional records; papers of staff; records of scientific, historical, and museum organizations; and audio-visual material from research, exhibits, and the Institutional History Division's oral history and video-history programs.

Also included in the catalog are descriptions of Record Series which group and list record types that are created by the same office, or agency; and Agency Histories that detail the history, function and activities of Smithsonian offices.