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 42,884 objects of this type which represents about 26.67% of our online collection.
  • Print There are 33,185 objects of this type which represents about 20.64% of our online collection.
  • textile There are 6,461 objects of this type which represents about 4.02% of our online collection.
  • Matchsafe There are 4,267 objects of this type which represents about 2.65% of our online collection.
  • Sidewall There are 4,022 objects of this type which represents about 2.50% of our online collection.
  • Fragment There are 3,688 objects of this type which represents about 2.29% of our online collection.
  • poster There are 3,185 objects of this type which represents about 1.98% of our online collection.
  • button There are 2,833 objects of this type which represents about 1.76% of our online collection.
  • Sample There are 2,424 objects of this type which represents about 1.51% of our online collection.
  • photograph There are 2,162 objects of this type which represents about 1.34% of our online collection.
  • Bound print There are 2,062 objects of this type which represents about 1.28% of our online collection.
  • Card There are 1,669 objects of this type which represents about 1.04% of our online collection.
  • Playing card There are 1,632 objects of this type which represents about 1.01% of our online collection.
  • Border There are 1,491 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 0.75% of our online collection.
  • Sampler There are 918 objects of this type which represents about 0.57% 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 0.50% of our online collection.
  • Mount There are 740 objects of this type which represents about 0.46% 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 642 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 0.36% of our online collection.
  • plate There are 572 objects of this type which represents about 0.36% of our online collection.
  • Slide There are 532 objects of this type which represents about 0.33% of our online collection.
  • book There are 502 objects of this type which represents about 0.31% 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 0.27% of our online collection.
  • book cover There are 437 objects of this type which represents about 0.27% of our online collection.
  • Shopping bag There are 419 objects of this type which represents about 0.26% of our online collection.
  • tile There are 410 objects of this type which represents about 0.25% of our online collection.
  • Sketchbook folio There are 403 objects of this type which represents about 0.25% of our online collection.
  • Panel There are 396 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 0.23% of our online collection.
  • Album There are 376 objects of this type which represents about 0.23% of our online collection.