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Working at the Smithsonian


  • The Smithsonian houses a vast collection of archival materials. Photographs alone account for 13 million images in some 700 collections. There are collections of maps, technical drawings, business records, film and video, world music and culture, worlds fair memorabilia and advertising materials housed throughout the Institution.
  • The National Anthropological Archives holds important collections of field notes, photographs and correspondence from early scientific expeditions. The Archives of American Art is the world's largest and most widely used resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America.
  • Archivists must have a Bachelor’s degree that includes 30 credits in history or related subjects. Archive Technicians should have some knowledge in the subject matter of the archives. Experience or courses in archival work is a plus.

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