Collections: API

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    Arts of Africa, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
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    Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
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    Egyptian Art, European Paintings
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    Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
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    Luce Center for American Art

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    This method returns all Archives Collections


    start_index (Optional)
    An integer indicating where to begin the query. If 0 is given, the query will return the top most relevant items. If 10 is given, the response will contain items 10 through 10+results_limit. If start_index exceeds the number of results identified by the query, no results will be returned. An integer greater than or equal to 0
    results_limit (Optional)
    An integer representing the maximum number of results to return. An integer between 1 and 20 inclusive. Default 20.

    Inherited Arguments

    api_key (Required)
    Your personal API Key.
    version (Required)
    The API version you want to use. Integer. Valid values: 1.
    include_image_caption (Optional)
    Specifies whether or not to include preformatted item captions in the response. Boolean.
    include_item_fields (Optional)
    Specifies whether or not to include lots of extra data about the item (e.g., medium, classification, credit, etc.). If you set this param to false note that you must display minimal fields when using Brooklyn Museum images. Boolean. Default True.
    thumb_shape (Optional)
    Specify "square" to retrieve thumbs that have been cropped to perfect squares Valid values: original, square. Default original.
    max_thumb_size (Optional)
    Specifies the maximum thumb size. (Size of longest dimension in pixels.) Note that the relevant values depend on the thumb_shape used. If you specify square thumbs your options are 50 and 150. Otherwise your options are 96 and 192. Valid values: 50, 96, 150, 192. Default 96.
    max_image_size (Optional)
    Specifies the maximum image size to return. Note that copyright restrictions sometimes prevent us from providing a large derivative. When that's the case, an image returned may be considerably smaller than the max you specify. Valid values: 384, 768, 1536. Default 384.
    format (Optional)
    The response format. Valid values: xml, json, html, cdwalite, dublincore. Default xml.
    include_html_style_block (Optional)
    Only applies to requests where format is html. Specifies whether or not to include a standard STYLE block with returned HTML content. The STYLE block dresses up the otherwise drab HTML. If you prefer to style the returned HTML yourself set this parameter to false. Boolean. Default True.


    A successful invocation of Archives.getCollections returns a RESPONSE envelope and a single ARCHIVESCOLLECTIONS element.


    1001: Missing parameter
    A required param was missing (e.g., api_key, method)


    Try changing the values below to modify the service URL. Click "Call" to see the result.

    ?method=archives.getCollections&version=1&api_key=[YOUR API KEY]