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.
To access the finding aid to any of the following collections, please click on its title.
Using the Collections
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.
Smithsonian Collections Blog
Posts featuring collections across the Smithsonian's Archives, Libraries, and Special Collections.
VisitsThe Archives is open by appointment only Monday through Thursday 10:00–5:00. Please contact us at 202.633.0533 or via our query form.
Visiting researchers must present a photo ID and agree to archives access regulations. More information
Research QueriesFor more information or if you have a specific research question, contact us with our query form.
The Archives cannot answer queries about the Freer and Sackler Galleries' art collections. These inquiries should be directed to publicAffairsAsia@si.edu
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