Collections & Research

The Smithsonian is the largest museum and research complex in the world. Visitors see only a small percentage of our vast collection holdings in science, history, art & culture. Collections provide the basis for the Institution's world-class research enterprise. To learn more about our collections, visit si.edu/collections

 
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Objects & Specimens

 
Library Volumes

 
Archival Cubic Feet
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Smithsonian Collection Holdings

Smithsonian holdings include museum, zoo, archive, and library collections that are acquired, preserved, and maintained for public exhibition, education, and research. The breadth of Smithsonian collections is immense -- from the smallest gnat to the Space Shuttle Discovery to the Lansdowne portrait of George Washington. si.edu/collections

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Museum Objects & Specimens
Represented by Digital Images
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Collections Objects Digitized

Number of objects and specimens in Smithsonian holdings for which digital photos or other digital surrogates have been created. The Smithsonian has a massive digitization program underway, with goals of producing electronic records for all 138 million objects and specimens in our museum collections, plus digital images or other surrogates for a prioritized 12 percent of the total.

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Available Media Files, Smithsonian Collections Search Center
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Smithsonian Collections Search Center

Images & other media files available through Collections Search Center, the Smithsonian's central online catalog of collections held by our museums, archives & libraries. collections.si.edu

Federal fiscal year (FY) runs from October 1st through September 30th.

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Sponsored Projects, Grants and Contracts Awarded
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Sponsored Projects, Grants and Contracts Awarded

Every year, Smithsonian scholars apply or compete for additional support beyond federal appropriations from foundations, governmental agencies, private corporations and individual donors. This metric represents the dollar amount of grants and contracts awarded or allotted during the fiscal year.

Federal fiscal year (FY) runs from October 1st through September 30th.

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Peer-Reviewed Research Publications
2014
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Peer-Reviewed Research Publications

Total count of peer-reviewed journal articles, books, book chapters & other significant research publications authored by Smithsonian staff. Reported by calendar year.
Visit research.si.edu

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Research Fellows
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Research Fellows

A Smithsonian fellow is a researcher enrolled in a masters or doctoral program or the holder of a PhD (or equivalent), who was offered an award, usually 3 months or longer, to conduct independent research under the guidance of a Smithsonian research staff member. This metric relates to fellows in residence. Info on fellowships available at: smithsonianofi.com

Federal fiscal year (FY) runs from October 1st through September 30th.

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Research Associates
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Research Associates

Research Associates are outside scholars with formal affiliation with the Smithsonian.