Types are used to describe both broad and narrow classes of objects — its is-ness.

An object's type depends on both the curatorial department that acquired it and when it was acquired. Different curatorial departments have used descriptive terms in different ways over time. This creates tremendous diversity in the vocabulary that appears in collection records. We are currently working to reconcile these differences.

  • Drawing There are 41,607 objects of this type which represents about 26.18% of our online collection.
  • Print There are 33,333 objects of this type which represents about 20.98% of our online collection.
  • textile There are 6,518 objects of this type which represents about 4.10% of our online collection.
  • Matchsafe There are 4,257 objects of this type which represents about 2.68% of our online collection.
  • Sidewall There are 4,005 objects of this type which represents about 2.52% of our online collection.
  • Fragment There are 3,691 objects of this type which represents about 2.32% of our online collection.
  • poster There are 3,162 objects of this type which represents about 1.99% of our online collection.
  • Sample There are 2,382 objects of this type which represents about 1.50% of our online collection.
  • button There are 2,296 objects of this type which represents about 1.44% of our online collection.
  • photograph There are 2,148 objects of this type which represents about 1.35% of our online collection.
  • Bound print There are 2,062 objects of this type which represents about 1.30% of our online collection.
  • Card There are 1,662 objects of this type which represents about 1.05% of our online collection.
  • Playing card There are 1,643 objects of this type which represents about 1.03% of our online collection.
  • Border There are 1,471 objects of this type which represents about 0.93% of our online collection.
  • Ephemera There are 1,209 objects of this type which represents about 0.76% of our online collection.
  • Sampler There are 918 objects of this type which represents about 0.58% of our online collection.
  • Frieze There are 849 objects of this type which represents about 0.53% of our online collection.
  • Bookpaper There are 804 objects of this type which represents about 0.51% of our online collection.
  • Mount There are 740 objects of this type which represents about 0.47% of our online collection.
  • Trimming There are 705 objects of this type which represents about 0.44% of our online collection.
  • Tsuba There are 668 objects of this type which represents about 0.42% of our online collection.
  • Vase There are 640 objects of this type which represents about 0.40% of our online collection.
  • Wall facing There are 623 objects of this type which represents about 0.39% of our online collection.
  • Greeting card There are 584 objects of this type which represents about 0.37% of our online collection.
  • plate There are 562 objects of this type which represents about 0.35% of our online collection.
  • Slide There are 532 objects of this type which represents about 0.33% of our online collection.
  • book There are 501 objects of this type which represents about 0.32% of our online collection.
  • Band There are 498 objects of this type which represents about 0.31% of our online collection.
  • Album page There are 440 objects of this type which represents about 0.28% of our online collection.
  • book cover There are 437 objects of this type which represents about 0.27% of our online collection.
  • Stencil There are 436 objects of this type which represents about 0.27% of our online collection.
  • tile There are 410 objects of this type which represents about 0.26% of our online collection.
  • Sketchbook folio There are 403 objects of this type which represents about 0.25% of our online collection.
  • Shopping bag There are 393 objects of this type which represents about 0.25% of our online collection.
  • Panel There are 393 objects of this type which represents about 0.25% of our online collection.
  • sample book There are 377 objects of this type which represents about 0.24% of our online collection.