SIRIS | Smithsonian Institution Research Information System

The Smithsonian American Art Museum maintains a number of specialized art databases and photographic archive collections. Please select a catalog from the list below to search.

Art Inventories
Together the Inventories of American Painting & Sculpture reference over 400,000 works in public and private collections nationwide, and include records from Save Outdoor Sculpture! Images are in the process of being digitized; many photographs are also available for study in our offices.
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Photograph Archives Catalog
The Photograph Archives is a research and study collection of images documenting American art and artists. This catalog contains the records of the Peter A. Juley & Son Collection (127,000 photographic negatives) and the American Sculpture Photograph Study Collection (2,600 photographic prints). Over 10,000 digital images are available online.
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Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index
The Art Exhibition Catalog Index has descriptive information on 136,494 art works shown in 1,057 exhibitions held in this country and Canada up through 1876 (the Centennial year). Includes American and European artists and includes all media of art works - painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, etc.
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For further information about the Smithsonian American Art Museum Research Databases check the Museum’s web site at . You can also reach us by telephone at: (202) 633-8380 or by email:

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