The Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art (AAAS) is the world's largest collection of primary source material relating to the history of the visual arts in the United States. It is a research center and museum that is dedicated to preserving and making available the documentary heritage of the American art community.
The AAAS collection includes more than 20 million documents, including correspondence, photographs, diaries, sketches, and other materials related to the lives and work of artists, collectors, dealers, critics, and other individuals and organizations involved in the American art world. The collection spans the history of American art from the colonial period to the present and includes materials from all regions of the United States.
The AAAS is an invaluable resource for researchers, scholars, and anyone interested in the history of American art. It is located in Washington, D.C. and is open to the public. The AAAS also has an active outreach and education program, including lectures, workshops, and exhibitions, and it makes many of its materials available online through its digital collections.