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 42,117 objects of this type which represents about 27.91% of our online collection.
  • Print There are 27,323 objects of this type which represents about 18.11% of our online collection.
  • textile There are 6,428 objects of this type which represents about 4.26% of our online collection.
  • Matchsafe There are 4,267 objects of this type which represents about 2.83% of our online collection.
  • Sidewall There are 4,029 objects of this type which represents about 2.67% of our online collection.
  • Fragment There are 3,689 objects of this type which represents about 2.44% of our online collection.
  • poster There are 3,218 objects of this type which represents about 2.13% of our online collection.
  • button There are 2,852 objects of this type which represents about 1.89% of our online collection.
  • Sample There are 2,471 objects of this type which represents about 1.64% of our online collection.
  • photograph There are 2,115 objects of this type which represents about 1.40% of our online collection.
  • Card There are 1,674 objects of this type which represents about 1.11% of our online collection.
  • Playing card There are 1,632 objects of this type which represents about 1.08% of our online collection.
  • Border There are 1,499 objects of this type which represents about 0.99% of our online collection.
  • Sampler There are 918 objects of this type which represents about 0.61% of our online collection.
  • Frieze There are 849 objects of this type which represents about 0.56% of our online collection.
  • Bookpaper There are 776 objects of this type which represents about 0.51% of our online collection.
  • Mount There are 740 objects of this type which represents about 0.49% of our online collection.
  • Trimming There are 705 objects of this type which represents about 0.47% of our online collection.
  • Tsuba There are 668 objects of this type which represents about 0.44% of our online collection.
  • Vase There are 642 objects of this type which represents about 0.43% of our online collection.
  • Wall facing There are 623 objects of this type which represents about 0.41% of our online collection.
  • plate There are 608 objects of this type which represents about 0.40% of our online collection.
  • Album There are 592 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 0.39% of our online collection.
  • Slide There are 532 objects of this type which represents about 0.35% of our online collection.
  • Band There are 495 objects of this type which represents about 0.33% of our online collection.
  • book cover There are 437 objects of this type which represents about 0.29% of our online collection.
  • Shopping bag There are 419 objects of this type which represents about 0.28% of our online collection.
  • Ephemera There are 410 objects of this type which represents about 0.27% of our online collection.
  • tile There are 410 objects of this type which represents about 0.27% of our online collection.
  • Panel There are 399 objects of this type which represents about 0.26% of our online collection.
  • sample book There are 377 objects of this type which represents about 0.25% of our online collection.
  • Stencil There are 371 objects of this type which represents about 0.25% of our online collection.
  • Figure There are 370 objects of this type which represents about 0.25% of our online collection.
  • Trade card There are 356 objects of this type which represents about 0.24% of our online collection.
  • Bowl There are 356 objects of this type which represents about 0.24% of our online collection.