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The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archivesí 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. Materials in the Archives are rich and diverse, and include the personal and professional papers of preeminent art historians, archaeologists, artists, dealers, and collectors. Forming a treasure trove of raw material for analysis are letters, writings and journals, scrapbooks, clippings, drawings and sketchbooks, financial material, rubbings and squeezes of inscriptions, photographs, oral history interviews, and motion picture film. The collections include over 125,000 images, ranging from rare salt prints of the 1850s to contemporary ilfochromes of the 1990s.

The following is a list of major collections from Freer/Sackler Archives cataloged in Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS):

 
 

Amb. Richard B. Parker Photographs of Islamic Monuments 1965-1979
Parker, Richard Bordeaux, 1923
681 items

Antoin Sevruguin Photographs
Sevruguin, Antoin, d. 1933
866 items

Benjamin March Papers, 1923-1934
March, Benjamin 1899-1934
11.75 linear feet

Charles Lang Freer Papers 1876-1931
Freer, Charles Lang, 1856-1919
145 linear feet

Curt Maury Papers, late 1950s - 1977. [graphic]
Maury, Curt
12 lin. ft.

Elizabeth Gordon Papers 1958-1987
Gordon, Elizabeth 1906-2000
4 lin. ft.

Ernst Herzfeld Papers, 1899-1962
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1874-1948
150 linear feet (ca. 30,000 items)

Everett Edward Thompson Papers, 1899-1962
Thompson, Everett Edward, 1876-1962
ca. 151 items

French India Company school drawings [1840?]
32 items; 39 x 25 cm.

Hans C. and Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss Photographs of Islamic Architecture, ca. 1960-1968
ca. 1,250 items

Hauge collection ca.1980-1993?
3 v. 27 cm.

Henri Vever Papers, 1875-1932.
Vever, Henri 1854-1942
2.5 lin. ft. (ca. 35 items).

Henry and Nancy Rosin Collection of Early Photography of Japan, 1860 - ca. 1900
Rosin, Henry D. Dr
ca. 600 items

Illustrations of Thai cover bowls of the 14th and 15th centuries. [ca. 1956-1977?]
Spinks, Charles Nelson 1906
1 v. (105 leaves) 28 cm.

James Cahill Papers, 1945-1996
James Cahill, 1926
11 linear feet

John Alexander Pope Papers 1929-1982.
Pope, John Alexander, 1906
20.6 linear feet (ca. 19,000 items).

John Calvin Ferguson Family Papers, 1899-1962, (bulk 1890-1944)
Ferguson, John Calvin, 1866-1945
1.5 cu. ft. (ca. 60 items).

Kenneth X. Robins Photograph Collection, 1927-1947 [graphic].
45 photographic prints.

Milton S. Eisenhower Library South Asian Architecture Photograph Collection, ca. 1900 - ca. 1920: [graphic].
255: photographic prints

Mrs. Harry C. Norcross Collection of Early Photography of Japan, [graphic] [ca. 1890s].
13 photographic prints : albumen, hand-col.

Peter Ferdinand Drucker Photographs 1970-
Drucker, Peter Ferdinand 1909
234 items

Raymond A. Hare Photographs, 1930s - 1960s [graphic].
Hare, Raymond A
2,300 photographs.

Robert O. Muller Papers, 1930-1997
Muller, Robert O., 1911-2003
7.5 linear feet

Vever Family Photograph Album 1881-1930
1 v.

Yatsuhashi Harumichi Family Papers 1907-1976
Yatsuhashi Harumichi Family
8.25 linear feet

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