Research

HSW_20130618_Researcher_002The Historical Society’s collections document more than 200 years of local history and are presented in exhibits, the online catalog, and in the reading room.

The library, offices, and select collections from DC Public Library’s Washingtoniana Division are temporarily located at the Newseum at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

Access to the library and collections is free of charge and is by appointment only:

  • Tuesday, 12:00 noon – 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday–Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Select Saturdays in Fall 2017 (dates).

To request an appointment, please email a preferred date and time, the topic of research, and any call numbers to library@dchistory.org.
To access collections from the DCPL Washingtoniana Collection, please contact wash.dcpl@dc.gov or call 202-727-1213.

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.

The C Street entrance to the Newseum is located on the North side of the building, at 6th and C Streets, NW. Photo ID is required.