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Collections Search Center

The Smithsonian Collections Search Center is an online catalog containing most of Smithsonian major collections from our museums, archives, libraries, and research units. There are 8.1 million catalog records relating to areas for Art & Design, History & Culture, and Science & Technology with 860,477 images, videos, audio files, podcasts, blog posts and electronic journals.

This catalog is regularly updated as catalog records are being added and revised. For more information about individual collection objects please contact the individual museums, archives or libraries listed below.

The Collection Search Center currently contains collections from the following Smithsonian units:

Smithsonian

Museum Collections

Anacostia Community Museum

1000 online records of photographs, paintings, drawings, posters, and quilts representing the art, culture and history of African Americans and the Anacostia community.
Contact: 202-633-4820
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Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

123,830 online records of wall coverings, textiles, drawings, fill papers, decorative arts, embroidery, samplers, borders, furniture and others representing art and design.
Contact: 212-849-8400
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection

15,550 online records of paintings, vessels, ceramics, photographs, manuscripts, sculptures and calligraphy representing art, culture and history of Asia.
Contact: publicaffairsAsia@si.edu, 202-633-4880
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection

12,040 online records of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection.
Contact: 202.633.4674
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National Air and Space Museum Collection

19,480 online records of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, navigational instruments, presentation models, awards, memorabilia and art works from the collection of the National Air and Space Museum Collection.
Contact: 202-633-2320
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National Museum of African American History and Culture

Online records from the NMAAHC collections that represent objects collected across the country to tell the stories that make up the African American experience.
Contact: NMAAHCinfo@si.edu
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National Museum of African Art

2,020 online records of Sculpture, Paintings, Containers, Costumes, Textiles, Tools and equipment, Masks, Furnishings, Armor and more representing the art, culture and history of Africa.
Contact: nmafaweb@si.edu, 202-633-4600
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

13,440 online records with a wide variety of museum objects from all the museum's curatorial divisions: Political History, Armed Forces History, Home & Community Life, Work & Industry, Culture & the Arts, and Medicine & Science.
Contact: 202-633-3129
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National Museum of the American Indians Collections

18,510 online records of photographs, jewelry, ornaments, Sculptures, Tools and equipments, Culinary equipment, weapons representing art, culture and history of Native American Indians.
Contact: NMAIcollections@si.edu
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National Museum of Natural History Collections

Online records from the National Museum of Natural History
Contact: naturalexperience@si.edu
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434,090 online records from the Department of Anthropology objects collection.
Contact: naturalexperience@si.edu, 202-633-1920
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972,210 online records from the Department of Botany specimen collection.
Contact: naturalexperience@si.edu, 202-633-0920
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224,720 online records from the Department of Entomology.
Contact: naturalexperience@si.edu
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915,160 online records from the Department of Invertebrate Zoology.
Contact: naturalexperience@si.edu, 202-633-1740
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389,920 online records from the Department of Mineral Sciences.
Contact: naturalexperience@si.edu, 202-633-1860
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593,360 online records from the Department of Paleobiology.
Contact: paleodept@si.edu
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561,170 online records from the Department of Vertebrate Zoology - Division of Amphibians and Reptiles.
Contact: naturalexperience@si.edu
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429,290 online records from the Department of Vertebrate Zoology - Division of Birds.
Contact: ContactSmithBirds@si.edu, 202-633-0800
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341,720 online records from the Department of Vertebrate Zoology - Division of Fishes.
Contact: naturalexperience@si.edu, 301-238-1736
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581,180 online records from the Department of Vertebrate Zoology - Division of Mammals.
Contact: naturalexperience@si.edu
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National Portrait Gallery Collection

15,350 online records of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs and documents from the collection of National Portrait Gallery. 85,621 records from the Catalog of American Portraits.
Contact: NPGResearch@si.edu, 202-633-8320
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National Postal Museum Collection

12,490 online records of collection objects including postage stamps, letters and envelopes, postal operation equipment, military mail, postal employee gear, and archival documents.
Contact: 202-633-5555
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National Zoological Park

Online records from the National Zoological Park.
Contact: nationalzoo.si.edu/Contact, 202-633-4888
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

41,350 online records of painting, sculpture, photographs, prints, drawings, contemporary crafts and folk art from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Contact: AmericanArtInfo@si.edu, 202-633-7970
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Smithsonian Gardens Collections

Online records of the Smithsonian Gardens' artifact and living plant collections. 24,000 online records from the Archives of American Gardens.
Contact: gardens@si.edu 202-633-2220
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Archives Collections

Archival collections contain more than 443,600 descriptions of personal papers, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, films, works of art and organizational records.

Anacostia Community Museum Archives.

Contact: ACMarchives@si.edu 202-633-4853

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Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

Contact: archivescenter@si.edu 202-633-3270

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Archives of American Art

Contact: www.aaa.si.edu/askus, 202-633-7950

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Archives of American Gardens

Contact: aag@si.edu, 202-633-5840

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Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art

Contact: elisofonarchives@si.edu, 202-633-4690

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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Contact: avrref@si.edu, 202-633-0329

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Human Studies Film Archives

Contact: hsfa@si.edu, 301-238-2875

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National Air and Space Museum Archives Division

Contact: NASMRefDesk@si.edu, 703-572-4045

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National Anthropological Archives

Contact: naa@si.edu, 301-238-1300

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The Archives at the National Museum of the American Indian

Contact: nmaiarchives@si.edu, 301-238-1400

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Smithsonian American Art Museum Photo Archives

Contact: sapa@si.edu, 202-633-8390

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Nam June Paik Archive, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Contact: AmericanArtInfo@si.edu, 202-633-7970

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Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Contact: rinzlerarchives@si.edu, 202-633-7322

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Smithsonian Institution Archives

Contact: osiaref@si.edu, 202-633-5870

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Smithsonian Libraries Databases


Smithsonian Libraries collections are particularly strong in natural history, tropical biology, and Chesapeake Bay area ecology; Anthropology; American and African American history and culture; postal, horticulture and garden history; the history of science and technology; aerospace history, astronomy, and planetary sciences; African, American Asian, contemporary, and design and decorative art; conservation science, and museum studies.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries Collections:
The Smithsonian's library collections contain over 1.7 million volumes, including print and electronic serials, rare books and manuscripts.
Contact: askalibrarian@si.edu, 202-633-1680
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Art and Artists Files:
Over 100,000 files that contain exhibition announcements, newspaper and magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artists' statements, and exhibition catalogs.
Contact: askalibrarian@si.edu, 202-633-8230
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Trade Literature Collections:
Over 400,000 historical trade catalogs, representing over 30,000 companies featuring predominantly American-manufactured products for industry, agriculture, business, and decorative arts. Primarily from 1880-1945, the collection includes product catalogs, technical manuals, advertising brochures, price lists, and company histories.
Contact: askalibrarian@si.edu, 202-633-3865
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Smithsonian Research Online:
Over 49,630 staff publications. Smithsonian Research Online is a set of services to the research community both within and outside the Smithsonian Institution.
Contact: hutchinsona@si.edu, 202-633-1031
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Research Databases and Centers


- Art -

Catalog of American Portraits, National Portrait Gallery

Contact: NPGResearch@si.edu, 202-633-8320

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Inventories of American Painting & Sculpture Database

Contact: artref@si.edu, 202-633-8380

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Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index Database

Contact: artref@si.edu, 202-633-8380

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- Science -

History of the Smithsonian Database

Contact: osiaref@si.edu, 202-633-5870

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Museum Studies Bibliographies Database

Contact: educate@si.edu

Browse Museum Studies Bibliography   |   Catalog Record Source

National Science Resources Center

Online records from the National Science Resources Center.
Contact: 202-633-5555
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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Online records from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
Contact: 617-495-7461
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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Online records from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.
Contact: 443-482-2200
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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Contact: Panama: 507-212-8000 Washington: 202-633-4700

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Division of Mammals, National Museum of Natural History

Contact: naturalexperience@si.edu

Browse Marine Mammals Bibliography   |   Catalog Record Source

Department of Invertebrate Zoology - Mollusks, National Museum of Natural History

Contact: naturalexperience@si.edu

Browse Cephalopod Bibliography   |   Browse Images   |   Catalog Record Source

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Other Smithsonian Institution Resources


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Smithsonian Institution

Online records from the Smithsonian Institution.
Contact: 202-633-1000
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Smithsonian Affiliations

Online records from the Smithsonian Affiliations.
Contact: 202-633-5500
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Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program

Online records from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program.
Contact: 202-633-3595
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Smithsonian Channel

Online records from the Smithsonian Channel.
Contact: smithsonianchannel.com
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Smithsonian Education

Online records from the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies.
Contact: educate@si.edu, 202-633-5330
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Smithsonian Journeys

Online records from the Smithsonian Journeys.
Contact: 855-330-1542
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Smithsonian Magazine

Online records from the Smithsonian Magazine.
Contact: 202-633-1000
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Smithsonian Migratory Birds Center

Online records from the Smithsonian Migratory Birds Center.
Contact: nationalzoo.si.edu/Contact, 202-633-4888
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Smithsonian Insitution Traveling Exhibitions

Online records from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions.
Contact: 202-633-3168
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Smithsonian Latino Center

Online records from the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Contact: 202-633-1240
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Smithsonian Office of the Chief Information Officer

Online records from the Smithsonian Office of the Chief Information Officer.
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Smithsonian Office of Public Affairs

Online records from the Smithsonian Office of Public Affairs.
Contact: 202-633-2400
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To find more information about these and other data sources try browsing the Museums pages: www.si.edu/Museums or Research Centers pages: www.si.edu/ResearchCenters

General questions: 202-633-1000, info@si.edu

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Browse Image Gallery

This image gallery contains a sampling of visual records that are part of the Collections Search Center.
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The Technology

The Collections Search Center leverages a Smithsonian-developed metadata index and web services middle-layer that provides the Institution with a unified view across its multiple collection repositories. The Smithsonian name for this index and services middle-layer is EDAN - "Enterprise Digital Asset Network". In developing EDAN, the Smithsonian reviewed a number of commercial and open-source products. The functional requirements included the support of faceted metadata searching, Boolean / simple search logic, synonym/stemming matching, proximity matching, customizable relevance ranking, and highlighting display capability. It also would need to support a wide range of documents and objects from libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) and be accessible via standard web services. In the end, the Smithsonian selected the open-source Apache Lucene/Solr indexing software for the project and built a set of complementary request and delivery services using Java. A common Index Metadata Model was developed to handle the large variety of data formats from SI's underlying collections systems. In developing the model, SI incorporated elements and best practices from established standards such as Dublin Core, MARC, and METS as well as elements reflected in the underlying COTS museum and library systems. Data mappings were performed and processes were put in place to provide regular record ingest and updates from more than 50 Institution data sources (systems and databases). This iterative process continues and the intent is for EDAN to index all major cataloged Smithsonian collections holdings. EDAN and the Collections Search Center are therefore dynamic and continually growing.

EDAN has offered the Smithsonian a flexible and scalable indexing, metadata and image delivery platform to support Smithsonian web and mobile application access to its fast growing online collections. The Collections Search Center, a web application that uses EDAN, has provided a strong, user-friendly search interface, enhanced through Java and CSS style sheets, for navigating these online collections. In doing so, it furthers the Institution's goal of making its collections available to a worldwide audience.

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