Using the Archives

Jeff Place and Stephanie Smith are the permanent staff archivists. Cecilia Peterson is the project archivist for our Save America's Treasures grant-funded digitization project, and Dave Walker is the project audio specialist. Greg Adams is our processing archivist.

The Archives’ contact information is below. Please make an appointment if you wish to consult materials in the Rinzler Archives, as we do not have the resources to handle walk-ins. Let us know what materials and subjects you are interested in so we can determine if they are available, as some materials are stored offsite. The more information you can provide in advance, the better we can assist you.

Requesting Images and Image Licensing

If you wish to obtain copies of photographs in our collections for research use or license photographs for publication, please submit this form and return by mail, fax, or email, or contact us for further information. Requests for copies of other types of material are considered on a case by case basis, subject to copyright, other restrictions, and staff resources. Please contact Stephanie Smith for further information.

TV and Film Production Guidelines

The Smithsonian has developed guidelines to be used by television and film producers in working with Smithsonian units. The guidelines describe key areas that should be addressed when working with Smithsonian archival units and special collections. Specific guidelines for Smithsonian Networks producers are also available.

Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 2001
Washington, DC 20024-2520

Mailing address:
PO Box 37012, MRC 520
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Telephone: (202) 633-7322

Closest Metro stop: L’Enfant Plaza, exit at Seventh and Maryland

Archivist Jeff Place in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Photo by Stephanie Smith

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