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The Archives of American Gardens houses over 700 cubic feet of manuscripts and provides access to over 100,000 photographic images documenting the work of landscape architects, garden designers and garden photographers. Many of the Archives’ collection descriptions and finding aids and archival images are available online via the Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives, the Smithsonian Gardens’ Explore Collections webpage, and across other Smithsonian online portals.

The Archives staff answers hundreds of research questions each year and schedules onsite visits to view collection materials in person by appointment only.