Research

HSW_20130618_Researcher_002The  extensive collections of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. document more than 200 years of local history and are made available to the public through the Society’s exhibits, the online catalog, and during the renovation of the Carnegie, via the reading room at Historical Society’s interim location at the Newseum. Select collections belonging to the Washingtoniana Division of the DC Public Library are also currently co-located with the Historical Society at the Newseum (see below for contact details).

Access to both collections is by prior appointment during the following hours:
Tuesday 12pm – 7pm (last appointment 5pm)
Wednesday – Friday 10am – 4pm (last appointment 3pm)
Select Saturdays in Fall 2017 (see here for dates)
Appointments are scheduled for the top of the hour only

To request a research appointment with Historical Society collections, please email the following information to library@dchistory.org:

  • Your requested date and arrival time, within our operating hours;
  • The topic of your research inquiry;
  • Call numbers from the online catalog of materials you would like to have ready for your visit.

A representative of the Historical Society will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Patrons requesting access to the DCPL Washingtoniana Collection co-located with the Historical Society at the Newseum should contact DCPL staff (wash.dcpl@dc.gov or 202-727-1213) to request an appointment.

Join us for library resources workshops on selected Tuesday evenings this fall! See the events calendar for details

Browse resources available in our temporary location:
Historical Society: http://dchistory.pastperfectonline.com/
DCPL: https://www.dclibrary.org/node/56712

Access to the library and collections is free of charge.

The C Street entrance to the Newseum is located on the north side of the building, at 6th and C Streets, NW

The C Street entrance to the Newseum is located on the north side of the building, at 6th and C Streets, NW

All researchers must access the reading room via the Newseum’s Group entrance, on C Street between 5th and 7th streets NW. Photo ID is required, as is passing through the security area.

 

Online Catalog

Policewoman directs traffic at 7th St. and Massachusetts Ave. NW, ca. 1918. Photo by Zaccheus Spratt. (ZSI 132A)