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Find out about hours, policies, and services for each of our research center locations.

Material

Requires Appointment?

Microfilm

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No

Microfilm can be viewed during normal business hours at either our Washington, D.C. or New York locations without an appointment.

Be sure to check the site prior to your visit in case there are any closures due to inclement weather or holidays.

Original papers 
 

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Yes

Requests to view materials in-person are done through our automated research request system, Aeon:

  1. While viewing the desired collection record on this website, select the “Reading Room” button under the “Make a Request” section of the record. 
  2. You will be asked to provide some initial information about your visit, and then be sent to the research request system to finalize your request.
  3. If you are interested in making an appointment and have not already registered with Aeon, please be sure to do so.

Washington, D.C. Headquarters and Research Center

The Archives of American Art manuscript reading room in Washington, DC will be closed from August 28 through September 4, 2017. The microfilm reading rooms in New York and Washington will remain open during this period.

Please note, a photo ID is required to enter the building.

General Information

Phone: 
202-633-7950
Street Address: 
750 9th Street, NW Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington , DC 20001
Mailing Address: 

(for US Postal Service)
Archives of American Art
Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012
Victor Building, Suite 2200, MRC 937
Washington, DC 20013-7012

(for FedEx/UPS deliveries)
Archives of American Art
Smithsonian Institution
750 9th Street, NW, Suite 2200
Washington, DC 20001 

Hours

Microfilm Reference Room

Monday–Friday

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.   

 

Manuscript Reading Room

Monday–Friday, by appointment only

9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.   

New York Research Center

General Information

Phone: 
212-399-5015
Street Address: 
300 Park Avenue South Suite 300
New York , NY 10010

Hours

Microfilm Reference Room

Monday–Friday

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 

Affiliated Research Centers

Copies of the Archives’ unrestricted microfilm may be viewed at: