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 41,210 objects of this type which represents about 27.35% of our online collection.
  • Print There are 27,573 objects of this type which represents about 18.30% of our online collection.
  • textile There are 6,404 objects of this type which represents about 4.25% 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 4,131 objects of this type which represents about 2.74% of our online collection.
  • Fragment There are 3,715 objects of this type which represents about 2.47% of our online collection.
  • poster There are 3,282 objects of this type which represents about 2.18% of our online collection.
  • button There are 2,809 objects of this type which represents about 1.86% of our online collection.
  • Sample There are 2,691 objects of this type which represents about 1.79% of our online collection.
  • photograph There are 2,111 objects of this type which represents about 1.40% of our online collection.
  • Playing card There are 1,630 objects of this type which represents about 1.08% of our online collection.
  • Card There are 1,592 objects of this type which represents about 1.06% of our online collection.
  • Border There are 1,548 objects of this type which represents about 1.03% of our online collection.
  • Sampler There are 918 objects of this type which represents about 0.61% of our online collection.
  • Frieze There are 851 objects of this type which represents about 0.56% of our online collection.
  • Bookpaper There are 774 objects of this type which represents about 0.51% of our online collection.
  • Mount There are 731 objects of this type which represents about 0.49% of our online collection.
  • Trimming There are 704 objects of this type which represents about 0.47% of our online collection.
  • Tsuba There are 667 objects of this type which represents about 0.44% of our online collection.
  • Vase There are 641 objects of this type which represents about 0.43% of our online collection.
  • Album There are 628 objects of this type which represents about 0.42% of our online collection.
  • Wall facing There are 616 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.
  • Shopping bag There are 594 objects of this type which represents about 0.39% of our online collection.
  • Greeting card There are 559 objects of this type which represents about 0.37% of our online collection.
  • Slide There are 532 objects of this type which represents about 0.35% of our online collection.
  • Band There are 511 objects of this type which represents about 0.34% of our online collection.
  • book cover There are 433 objects of this type which represents about 0.29% of our online collection.
  • tile There are 409 objects of this type which represents about 0.27% of our online collection.
  • Panel There are 406 objects of this type which represents about 0.27% of our online collection.
  • sample book There are 379 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 371 objects of this type which represents about 0.25% of our online collection.
  • Sidewall - sample There are 359 objects of this type which represents about 0.24% of our online collection.
  • Bowl There are 359 objects of this type which represents about 0.24% of our online collection.
  • Trade card There are 356 objects of this type which represents about 0.24% of our online collection.