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 43,499 objects of this type which represents about 25.99% of our online collection.
  • Print There are 40,227 objects of this type which represents about 24.04% of our online collection.
  • textile There are 6,419 objects of this type which represents about 3.84% of our online collection.
  • Matchsafe There are 4,254 objects of this type which represents about 2.54% of our online collection.
  • Bound print There are 4,194 objects of this type which represents about 2.51% of our online collection.
  • Sidewall There are 3,918 objects of this type which represents about 2.34% of our online collection.
  • Fragment There are 3,653 objects of this type which represents about 2.18% of our online collection.
  • poster There are 2,580 objects of this type which represents about 1.54% of our online collection.
  • Sample There are 2,517 objects of this type which represents about 1.50% of our online collection.
  • button There are 2,290 objects of this type which represents about 1.37% of our online collection.
  • photograph There are 2,114 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 0.98% of our online collection.
  • Ephemera There are 1,583 objects of this type which represents about 0.95% of our online collection.
  • Border There are 1,453 objects of this type which represents about 0.87% of our online collection.
  • Album There are 1,403 objects of this type which represents about 0.84% of our online collection.
  • Sampler There are 916 objects of this type which represents about 0.55% of our online collection.
  • Frieze There are 853 objects of this type which represents about 0.51% of our online collection.
  • Bookpaper There are 803 objects of this type which represents about 0.48% of our online collection.
  • Album page There are 743 objects of this type which represents about 0.44% of our online collection.
  • Mount There are 740 objects of this type which represents about 0.44% of our online collection.
  • Trimming There are 705 objects of this type which represents about 0.42% of our online collection.
  • Tsuba There are 669 objects of this type which represents about 0.40% of our online collection.
  • Wall facing There are 621 objects of this type which represents about 0.37% of our online collection.
  • Vase There are 602 objects of this type which represents about 0.36% of our online collection.
  • Sketchbook folio There are 542 objects of this type which represents about 0.32% of our online collection.
  • Greeting card There are 538 objects of this type which represents about 0.32% of our online collection.
  • Slide There are 532 objects of this type which represents about 0.32% of our online collection.
  • plate There are 508 objects of this type which represents about 0.30% of our online collection.
  • Band There are 479 objects of this type which represents about 0.29% of our online collection.
  • book There are 476 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 441 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 0.26% of our online collection.
  • book cover There are 434 objects of this type which represents about 0.26% of our online collection.
  • tile There are 388 objects of this type which represents about 0.23% of our online collection.
  • Panel There are 380 objects of this type which represents about 0.23% of our online collection.