SIRIS | Smithsonian Institution Research Information System

The Archives, Manuscripts and Photographs catalog contains descriptions of archival, manuscript, and special collection resources at the Smithsonian Institution, including institutional and organizational records, personal papers, manuscripts, special collections, oral histories, works of art, photographes, sound recordings, films, and other special media materials, from nine archival repositories at the Smithsonian. You can search all archives by following the first link below to the search screen or you can limit your search to an individual archival unit by following any one of the other links below.

All Archival, Manuscript and Photographic Collections
230,000 descriptions of personal papers, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, sound records, films, and organizational records from all nine repositories. Over 100,000 scanned images are available online.
[About] [Search Archival, Manuscripts & Photographic Collections Catalog]

Archives of American Art
Archives of American Art collections include papers of artists, art dealers, art historians, collectors, and others; records of art galleries, museums, and art organizations; videos; and interviews from AAA's oral history project.
[About] [Search Archives of American Art]

Archives of American Gardens
Archives of American Gardens, housed in the Smithsonian's Horticulture Services Division, includes a collection of approximately 60,000 photographic images and records that document historic and contemporary gardens throughout the United States.
[About] [Search Archives of American Gardens]

Archives Center American History
Archives Center -- National Museum of American History holdings include more than eight hundred collections of business records, personal papers, and visual, magnetic and electronic documents related to the mission of the National Museum of American History, especially the history of American music, advertising and marketing, and technology and invention.
[About] [Search Archives Center American History]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives at the National Museum of African Art is a research and reference center with over 300,000 still photographic images documenting the arts, peoples and history of Africa over the past 120 years.
[About] [Search Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives]

Center for Folklife Programs Archives
230,000 descriptions of personal papers, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, sound records, films, and organizational records from all nine repositories. Over 100,000 scanned images are available online.
[About] [Search Center for Folklife Programs Archives]

Freer Sackler Archives
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives mission is to collect and preserve unique primary source materials that support the holdings and activities of the Freer and Sackler Galleries and to advance the study of the cultures and artistic traditions of the people of Asia. The Archives also acquires original documentation to further the study of the late 19th and early 20th century American art collected by Charles Lang Freer.
[About] [Search Freer Sackler Archives]

Human Studies Film Archives
The Human Studies Film Archives Catalog describes film and video collections of historical, archaeological, and ethnographic significance, including edited ethnographic films, unique research footage produced as part of anthropological research, and travelogues by amateur and professional filmmakers.
[About] [Search Human Studies Film Archives]

National Anthropological Archives
The National Anthropological Archives collects and preserves historical and contemporary anthropological materials that document the world's cultures and the history of anthropology, including manuscripts, field notes, correspondence, photographs, maps, sound recordings, film and video created by Smithsonian anthropologists and other preeminent scholars; records of anthropological organizations; 400,000 photographs, including some of the earliest images of indigenous people worldwide; and 20,000 works of native art, mainly North American, Asian, and Oceanic.
[About] [Search National Anthropological Archives]

National Air and Space Museum Archives
National Air & Space Museum Archives supports the mission of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) by acquiring and preserving for public and cultural use documentary materials of air and space flight. These documentary materials include a wide range of visual and textual materials, many emphasizing the technical aspects of air and space craft and their propulsion system.
[About] [Search National Air and Space Museum Archives]

National Musuem of American Indian Archives
The Archives at the National Museum of the American Indian hold approximately 300 linear feet of manuscript material, more than 180,000 photographic images, and thousands of motion picture and audio recordings documenting comtemporary and traditional lifeways and art of the native people of North, Central and South America, as well as the activities of the Museum of American Indian, Heye Foundation.
[About] [Search National Museum of American Indian Archives]

Smithsonian Institution Archives
The 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.
[About] [Search Smithsonian Institution Archives]

Smithsonian Institution Logo
Copyright Information || More About SIRIS