The new Smithsonian Collections Searching Center

Smithsonian Libraries, Archives and Museums have worked together and created the Collections Search Center (, a one-stop-searching center for the public for SI collections.  This fast growing Collections Search Center is hosted by OCIO and currently contains 2.3 million records with 280,000 online media such as images, sound files, videos, and online collections.

Collections are contributed by:

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

National Air and Space Museum

National Museum of American Indians

National Museum of Natural History

National Portrait Gallery

National Postal Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Archives at the National Museum of the American Indian

Archives Center at National Museum of American History

Archives of American Art

Archives of American Gardens

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives,

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Human Studies Film Archives

National Air and Space Museum Archives Division

National Anthropological Archives

Smithsonian American Art Museum Photo Archives

Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory – Chandra X-ray Observatory

We encourage you to look at and explore the search center and see the power of pulling our resources together.  The following includes just a few examples:

American Artist portraits

American Indian beadworks

African American pilots


This search center also supports the ability to read manuscripts page-by-page with zooming capability.  Please try these examples:

Notebook by Albert Samuel

Sitting Bull pictographic autobiography, 1882

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