A Message from the Interim Director

By the Archives

March 20, 2020

Photograph of the Archives' staff in our storage room

Though our offices are closed, we're always here for you online. Our staff is available to respond to your questions at aaaemref@si.edu. More than ever, during this uncertain time, we hope our collections serve as a source of endless discovery and inspiration.

It is easy for you to investigate from home the lives of American artists, dealers, collectors, critics, and other art world figures through their personal letters, diaries, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, photo albums, and in-depth interviews. We invite you to join us online to learn more about how art has shaped our nation’s history ​and the diversity of the American experience.

Take advantage of our online resources. Browse our more than three million digitized items by searching the collection. Dig into our online exhibitions about the heroic Monuments Men and how networks form through Mail Art, and join us on a virtual road trip through documents from the Archives in Off the Beaten Track.

Explore our blog posts and listen to interview excerpts from the Archives' renowned oral history program. Discover connections across the Smithsonian's collections and access resources for parents and children through the Smithsonian Learning Lab. We will continue to keep you updated via email and through our social media channels.

Thank you for being a part of the Archives of American Art community.

Liza Kirwin, Interim Director