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Finding Aids

Whereas catalog records offer users an overview of a collection, finding aids provide researchers with a detailed description of a collection's contents and nature, often including a box and folder inventory. In addition to hard copies in the research room, the Archives currently makes available online access to several finding aids. New finding aids will be added as they become available.

Finding Aids can now be found on the updated Archives Collection Highlights page.

The A.W. Bahr Papers

The James Cahill Papers

The Charles Lang Freer Papers

The Charles Lang Freer Biblical Manuscripts and Gold Treasure Collection

John Calvin Ferguson Family Papers

The Elizabeth Gordon Papers

The Ernst Herzfeld Papers

The Benjamin March Papers

The Robert O. Muller Papers

The Amb. Richard Parker Photographs of Islamic Monuments

Hans C. and Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss Photographs of Islamic Architecture

Myron Bement Smith Collection

The Everett Edward Thompson Papers

The Dwight William Tryon Papers

The Henri Vever Papers

The Yatsuhashi Harumichi Family Papers

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Herzfeld Resource Gateway
An online resource gateway that consists of all cataloged material from the Ernst Herzfeld Papers.

Sevruguin Resource Gateway
Sevruguin was one of the most successful commerical photographers in Iran.

Alice in Asia Resource Gateway
Photographs from the 1905 Taft Diplomatic Mission to Japan, China, Korea and the Philippines from the collection of Alice Roosevelt Longworth.

Smithsonian Collections Search Center The Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) is a public database with archival and library holdings.

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Posts featuring collections across the Smithsonian's Archives, Libraries, and Special Collections.


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