Special Collections

The Library's Special Collections consist of archival material relating to the history of the Museum, its scientists and staff, scientific expeditions and research, Museum exhibitions, education, and general administration. These archives consist of manuscripts, departmental records, photographs, film and video, art, realia, and more.

Art and Memorabilia

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Art and Memorabilia

Fine art and historical objects of the Museum can be found in the Art and Memorabilia Collection.

Moving Image Collection

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Moving Image Collection

The Moving Image Collection documents the Museum’s involvement in scientific exploration, discovery, and public education.

Photograph Collection

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Photograph Collection

The Photograph Collection consists of over one million black-and-white prints and negatives, color transparencies and slides. This includes a collection of over 40,000 lantern slides that were once used for lectures and loaned to New York City schools. In addition, the photographic print collection includes over 900 collections of vintage photographic prints, totaling approximately 140,000 individual photographs.

Vertical Files

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Vertical Files

The Vertical Files include: biographical files and files on exhibitions, departments, expeditions and events.