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Archives Center

The Archives Center identifies, acquires, and preserves archival records in many media and formats to document America’s history and its diverse cultures. Center staff arrange, describe, preserve, and make collections accessible to support scholarship, exhibitions, publications, and education.

The Center offers these services in a professionally managed reference facility and through online databases, finding aids, and other forms of publication. It also provides expert advice on accepted archival practices and standards and strives to clarify the role that organized archives play in American life. To encourage cooperation with other organizations and attract financial support, the Center actively pursues alliances inside and outside the Smithsonian.

For areas of specialization, please see the staff listing below.

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Supervisory Archivist
Senior Archivist
Curator of Photography
Assistant Director, Collections and Archives; Chair, Archives Center

Joe Hursey

Rights and Reproductions Coordinator
Curator Emerita