Conducting Research Around Washington, DC

Archives in Washington, DC

DC is full of libraries and archives, but places that could be useful to historians are not always obvious.  Below is a list of places in and around DC where researchers are welcome, as well as links to information about their collections.

The American Historical Association also provides information about archives around the United States.  For more information, check out the AHA Wiki.

If using public transportation, follow this Metro Map.

American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives

A part of the Catholic University of America, the archives hold over 5,000 items that document the history of the University and Catholicism in the United States.

101 Aquinas Hall, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064

Closest Metro: Brookland-CUA stop on Red line

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Online Catalog

AHA Wiki

Dumbarton Oaks Library and Archives

Administered by Harvard University, the Library and Archives features items in the areas of Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape studies.

1703 32nd St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Closest Metro: Dupont Circle stop on Red line

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-10:00pm ; Saturday-Sunday 9:00am-10:00pm

Online Catalog

Researchers must contact the library before visiting.

George Washington University, Special Collections Research Center

A part of the GWU library, Special Collections houses archival material in a variety of subject areas.

Seventh floor of the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, George Washington University

2130 H St NW, Washington, DC 20052

Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU stop on Blue/Orange/Silver lines

Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm (Saturday by appointment)

Online Catalog

German Historical Institute Library

Holds over 50,000 items concerning German-American history, focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

1607 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC 20009

Closest Metro: Dupont Circle stop on Red line

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm, Friday 9:00am-4:00pm

Online Catalog

AHA Wiki

Historical Society of DC

Located in the Carnegie Library building, the Historical Society documents 200 years of DC local history.

801 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Closest Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown stop on Green/Yellow and Red lines

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm

Online Catalog

Schedule an appointment by emailing

Library of American Broadcasting and Broadcasting Archives

The nation’s largest collection of broadcast history, managed in part with University of Maryland, College Park

Hornbake Library at University of Maryland, Campus Dr, College Park, MD 20740

Closest Metro: College Park, U of Maryland stop on Green/Yellow lines

Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm (during semester)

Online Catalog

Moorland-Spingarn Research Center

Founded in 1914 as a part of Howard University, the center holds one of the largest collections concerning the African diaspora.

Founders Library at Howard University, 500 Howard Place NW, Washington, DC 20059

Closest Metro: Shaw-Howard University stop on Green line

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:30pm

Online Catalog

Research must make an appointment by calling 202-806-7480 or 202-806-7498.

National Agricultural Library

A part of the Department of Agriculture and home to one of the largest collections devoted to agriculture and agricultural science.

10301 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705

Closest Metro: Greenbelt stop on Green line

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30pm

Online Catalog

Researchers must make an appointment by contacting the Department of Agriculture

Navy Department Library

Founded in 1800 and home to over 150,000 items concerning the United States Navy.

805 Kidder Breese St SE , Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC 20374

Closest Metro: Navy Yard stop on Green line

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm

Online Catalog

AHA Wiki

Society of the Cincinnati Library

Founded in 1783 by American and French Revolutionary War officers, the library hold materials on the American Revolution, eighteenth century studies, and the history of the Society of the Cincinnati.

2118 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20008

Closest Metro: Dupont Circle stop on Red Line

Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm by appointment

Online Catalog

AHA Wiki

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives

Holds numerous items relating to the Holocaust, including Jewish experiences before and during the war, Nazi history, and other documents from post-WWI through the 1950s.

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington DC, 20024

Closest Metro: Smithsonian stop on the Blue/Orange/Silver lines

Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm

Online Catalog

AHA Wiki