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 45,619 objects of this type which represents about 26.69% of our online collection.
  • Print There are 40,463 objects of this type which represents about 23.68% of our online collection.
  • textile There are 6,468 objects of this type which represents about 3.78% of our online collection.
  • Matchsafe There are 4,254 objects of this type which represents about 2.49% of our online collection.
  • Sidewall There are 3,945 objects of this type which represents about 2.31% of our online collection.
  • Fragment There are 3,686 objects of this type which represents about 2.16% of our online collection.
  • Bound print There are 3,498 objects of this type which represents about 2.05% of our online collection.
  • poster There are 2,796 objects of this type which represents about 1.64% of our online collection.
  • Sample There are 2,519 objects of this type which represents about 1.47% of our online collection.
  • button There are 2,296 objects of this type which represents about 1.34% of our online collection.
  • photograph There are 2,153 objects of this type which represents about 1.26% of our online collection.
  • Playing card There are 1,643 objects of this type which represents about 0.96% of our online collection.
  • Card There are 1,624 objects of this type which represents about 0.95% of our online collection.
  • Ephemera There are 1,486 objects of this type which represents about 0.87% of our online collection.
  • Border There are 1,463 objects of this type which represents about 0.86% of our online collection.
  • Sampler There are 916 objects of this type which represents about 0.54% of our online collection.
  • Frieze There are 848 objects of this type which represents about 0.50% of our online collection.
  • Bookpaper There are 803 objects of this type which represents about 0.47% of our online collection.
  • Mount There are 740 objects of this type which represents about 0.43% of our online collection.
  • Trimming There are 705 objects of this type which represents about 0.41% of our online collection.
  • Tsuba There are 668 objects of this type which represents about 0.39% of our online collection.
  • Wall facing There are 621 objects of this type which represents about 0.36% of our online collection.
  • Album There are 620 objects of this type which represents about 0.36% of our online collection.
  • Vase There are 612 objects of this type which represents about 0.36% of our online collection.
  • Album page There are 576 objects of this type which represents about 0.34% of our online collection.
  • Greeting card There are 546 objects of this type which represents about 0.32% of our online collection.
  • Slide There are 532 objects of this type which represents about 0.31% of our online collection.
  • plate There are 518 objects of this type which represents about 0.30% of our online collection.
  • Band There are 488 objects of this type which represents about 0.29% of our online collection.
  • book There are 479 objects of this type which represents about 0.28% of our online collection.
  • book of embroidery designs There are 455 objects of this type which represents about 0.27% of our online collection.
  • sample book There are 448 objects of this type which represents about 0.26% of our online collection.
  • Sketchbook folio There are 444 objects of this type which represents about 0.26% of our online collection.
  • book cover There are 437 objects of this type which represents about 0.26% of our online collection.
  • Stencil There are 436 objects of this type which represents about 0.26% of our online collection.
  • Print from stencil There are 434 objects of this type which represents about 0.25% of our online collection.