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Order Photographs of Artifacts

High resolution digital images of some artifacts in our collections are available from either Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) Photographic Services, or National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Imaging.

If images are credited to James Di Loreto, Donald Hurlbert and/or National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Imaging, they can be ordered directly from NMNH Imaging. Email NMNH Imaging for current prices and ordering procedures.

Otherwise, start by sending us a list of specific artifacts of interest to you, including their catalog numbers. If photographs are available, we will provide the negative numbers you will need to order images from Photographic Services.

Once you know the negative numbers, you can submit your request to SIA:


Smithsonian Institution Archives
Photographic Services
600 Maryland Ave. SW, Suite 3000
P.O. Box 37012, MRC 507
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
Telephone: 202.633.1933

If there are no photographs on file, and/or original photography is required, we will let you know whether the artifact is available to be photographed and the procedures involved.


Photo Permissions

If you plan to include Smithsonian or NMNH-provided images in a publication, please read Anthropology's Guidelines for Photographic Use Fees and submit a Permission Request Form to the Department of Anthropology.


Barbara Watanabe
Department of Anthropology, NMNH
Smithsonian Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746
Tel 301.238.1335
Fax 301.238.3109

For additional information about rights and reproductions, please contact Barbara Watanabe. You may also consult the Smithsonian Institution Terms of Use and Copyright Policies.


Archival Photographs

For historic photographs on anthropological subjects, including many images from old Bureau of American Ethnology publications, see the National Anthropological Archives.


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