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Portrait John Wesley Powell, INV 02867300, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

National Anthropological Archives
As part of the National Museum of Natural History, the Department of Anthropology maintains ethnographic, archaeological and human biological collections numbering over two million items from around the world and employs state-of-the-art collections management and care. Extensive holdings of fieldnotes, manuscripts, photographs, film, videos and sound recordings are housed in the National Anthropological Archives and Human Studies Film Archives. The John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology includes over 80,000 volumes.

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Anthropology Collections Database

This online database provides access to information on over 420,000 archaeology and ethnology catalog records, representing some 2 million individual objects documenting world cultures. Our collections database includes information about objects in our collections, including their identification, place of collection and cultural attribution.

Sitting Bull Pictographic Autobiography, 1882. National Anthroplogical Archives, Smithsonian Instiution, MS 1929B.INV 08590700

SIRIS: the Smithsonian Online Catalog

The Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) is an interactive, integrated system applying established national standards that mange, describe, and provide access to research resources that are located in the Institution's libraries, archives,museums, and research units. Over 70,000 digital images of manuscripts, photographs, and sound recordings from the National Anthropological Archives and Human Studies Film Archive appear along side catalog information of the collections.

The John Wesley Powell Anthropology Library

The Anthropology Library, officially known as the John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology, is one of 20 branches in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries' system. It is located within the Anthropology Department and supports the research, publication, exhibitions, and public programming of the department and other museums and offices within the Smithsonian. Its collection reflects the important role that the Smithsonian Institution played in the development of anthropology as a formal discipline in the United States. The library maintains the
All Anthropology Staff Publications Database.

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