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    Smithsonian Resources (NMAI & NMNH)

    The Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) collection can be searched here:

    The complete collection is not yet available online, but comprehensive reports, with images, of specific object collections may be obtained by contacting

    They ask that you provide as much information as possible about the specific collection in which you are interested, and include complete contact information, including name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), address, phone, and email address.

    The NMAI became part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1989. The extensive Native American collections associated with the Smithsonian before 1989 are likely at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). The two collections have not been merged.

    You can search the NMNH anthropology collections here:

    Note that the Smithsonian will not authenticate, value or otherwise appraise artifacts (as a matter of policy) and do not welcome objects being sent or brought to the museum – except by prior arrangement.

    You contact them on for informal identifications, providing as much information as possible about the object (where found, history, description, dimensions, sharp images, etc).

    [Compiled by painshill]
    Last edited by painshill; 01-27-2016, 05:13 PM.
    Look to the ground for it holds the past!