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You must submit an appointment request form to visit the archives. Please request an appointment at least 2 business days in advance and complete a separate appointment request form for each visitor in your group.

About restricted collections

Tips for visitors

Wi-Fi is available in our reading room.

Food is available for purchase in our cafeteria.

Please bring photo identification to show at the main security desk and shuttle bus.

Register your laptop and other valuables at the MSC security desk when you enter the building. You will not be able to leave the building with any unregistered items, including your personal laptop.

Scanners and photocopiers are not permitted in the archives due to conservation concerns and copyright restrictions. Digital cameras are allowed in the reading room.

Privacy Notice: The archives has installed closed circuit security cameras (CCTV) that will record your visit.

The archives are located in the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Support Center in Suitland, MD, approximately six miles southeast of the museums on the National Mall. The Smithsonian operates a free hourly shuttle bus service between the Mall and MSC; please request a pass when you schedule your appointment. Public transportation is also available via Metrorail; the Museum Support Center is a 10-15 minute walk from the Suitland Station. Free parking is available if you prefer to drive. Please see Directions and Transportation for details.


Researchers are welcome to contact the archives via email to the NAA or the HSFA with reference inquires during these times.

National Anthropological Archives
Tuesday–Friday  /  9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Human Studies Film Archives
Tuesday-Friday  /  9:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Museum Support Center also houses the Department of Anthropology's Ethnology, Archaeology and Physical Anthropology collections, but you'll need a separate appointment to visit them.

Reference Services

Archivists are available to assist visitors with reference inquries and guide them to appropriate materials. The NAA and HSFA also accept reference inquiries by email and phone. A list of freelance researchers is also available.

Reproductions of photographs, manuscripts and sound recordings may be purchased by using these order forms. The archives accepts payment by personal check, money order or credit card.

Drawings of Eskimo scenes, 1895?, Manuscript 316,702, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution Drawings of Eskimo scenes, 1895?, Manuscript 316,702, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Physical Address

Smithsonian Institution Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746

Mailing Address

Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Directions and Maps

For general inquiries, please email the National Anthropological Archives at or the Human Studies Film Archives at


National Anthropological Archives
Human Studies Film Archives
Photograph Inquiries
Manuscript Inquiries
Film, video, & audio inquiries
Digital imaging orders
Rights & reproductions






Katherine Crowe, Reference Archivist, NAA
Katherine Duvall, Archivist, NAA
Daisy Njoku, Media Specialist, NAA & HSFA
Gina Rappaport, Photo Archivist, NAA
Mark White, Assistant Film Archivist, HSFA
Pamela Wintle, Senior Film Archivist, HSFA









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