Cultural Heritage Library

designs from Owen Jones' the Grammar of Ornament The Smithsonian Libraries' digital Cultural Heritage Library began in 2010 as a project to digitize the public domain collections housed in our History, Art, and Culture libraries.

Currently at over 3,500 items and nearly 1.2 million pages, the CHL collection continues to grow, scanning publications that range from Galileo's Sidereus nuncius and Owen Jones' The grammar of ornament to vintage Cycling journals, a manual of "Etiquette, love, courtship and matrimony" and oddly enough poems about tobacco.

All our digitized items are freely available for download, reading, and reuse at the Internet Archive. Here is a continually updated list of our most recent scans.

For more on the status of our CHL project, see the latest report.