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The Anacostia Community Museum provides access to most of its collections through the Smithsonian Collections Search Center. Using the Search Our Collections tool, you can find catalogue records and images of the museum's object and archival collections holdings.

Collections Management Documentation

The collections of the Anacostia Community Museum are governed by various Smithsonian Directives that outline policies, plans and procedures necessary for effective management and care of national collections. Stemming from the Collections Management Policy that is periodically reviewed and approved by the Smithsonian Board of Regents, the museum refers to several documents to ensure adherence to best practices.


Responsible care of museum collections requires the periodic assessment of collections with respect to mission and goals. Occasionally, staff finds collections whose condition or content cannot be supported by the museum. Below are the documents that guide deaccession, the removal of collections from the museum, as well as a list of collections deaccessioned by the museum and their final disposition.

Policy and Documents