Archive and Collection

The Archive and Collection at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum preserves relics of the game, the great stories they tell, and a trove of historic information. The items within the Archive and Collection come in a variety of shapes and sizes – ranging from large three-dimensional artifacts to photographic slides and everything in between.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has tens of thousands of three-dimensional artifacts, all of which represent a particular moment in baseball history. Whether it is a uniform shirt that Cy Young or Honus Wagner wore, or it is a bat used by Ted Williams, Willie Mays, or Derek Jeter, the National Baseball Hall of Fame maintains these items in a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled environment to ensure its preservation for future generations of baseball fans.

In addition to the three-dimensional artifacts, the Library contains over three million documents, everything from books and magazines to scrapbooks and manuscript collections, as well as over 250,000 photographic images and over 16,000 hours of recorded media. Like the artifacts, these items, too, are kept in controlled storage facilities to ensure that they last for years to come.

These materials are a boon to baseball fans and baseball researchers alike, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is committed to preserving these items so that future Museum visitors will be able to recollect baseball memories and share experiences.