Smithsonian Collections Blog

Highlighting the hidden treasures from over 2 million collections

Collections Search Center

About Us

Hello and Welcome to the Smithsonian Collections Blog!

This is the Collections Search Center - Smithsonian Institution Research and Information System (CSC-SIRIS) blog, where Archivists, Museum Specialists, and Librarians around the Smithsonian write about their new collections, current works in progress or whatever catches their eye.  It is our goal to bring our readers collection highlights, unveil hidden collections as they become online, and relate to current events with historical artifacts, art work and research materials from the past. 

The contributing archives, libraries, and special collections are:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
Archives of American Art
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Anthropological Archives and Human Studies Film Archives
National Air and Space Museum Archives Division
National Museum of American History - Archives Center
National Museum of the American Indian - Archive Center
National Portrait Gallery Catalog of American Portraits
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Smithsonian American Art Museum - Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture
Smithsonian Gardens - Archives of American Gardens
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Smithsonian Institution Libraries and Special Collections

We encourage conversation, questions, and comments.

Have fun!

David Haberstich
Blog Coordinator

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