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Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives

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The Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives (SOVA) provides integrated access to descriptions and detailed inventories of thousands of primary resource collections maintained by archival units across the Smithsonian.

Discover archival collections related by topic and/or by names of persons, families, businesses, and organizations regardless of where the collection lives within the incredibly vast resources of the Smithsonian.

Explore digital content from archival collections, such as letters, manuscripts, diaries and journals, ledgers and stock books, photographs, scrapbooks, sketchbooks and drawings, technical drawings and blueprints, field notebooks, log books, rare printed materials, sound recordings, videos, and much more.

Connect with an archivist to learn more about and gain access to the physical materials.

– taken from the SOVA website

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Personal Correspondence and Writing; Interviews; Maps; Business Records; Audio Recordings; Photos, Prints, and Drawings; Manuscripts; Film