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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.

To access the finding aid to any of the following collections, please click on its title.

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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Archives Collection Descriptions
An entire listing of our collections, with appropriate images and finding aids.

Archives Image Gallery
An online gallery space that allows you to browse a sampling of visual records.

Herzfeld Collection Papers
An online gallery space that consists of all cataloged material from the Ernst Herzfeld papers.

Herzfeld: Significant Archaeological Sites
Locations of significant archaeological sites and objects found in the Herzfeld papers.

Herzfeld: Samarra Resource Page
Online resources for researching the recently cataloged Samarra excavation from the Ernst Herzfeld papers.

Herzfeld: Squeeze Imaging Project
The Archives hold a significant collection of 393 squeezes from ancient archaeological sites in the Near East.

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

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.

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Please note: The Freer Gallery of Art will be closed to the public from January 2016 until summer 2017. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Library, and Archives will remain open for the duration of the renovation. Learn more »