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 the Kiplinger Research Library on the second floor of the Carnegie Library building.

Researchers are welcomed at the Kiplinger Research Library by prior appointment Tuesday through Friday. Access to the library and collections is free of charge.

Please note, due to the small staff and nature of special collections, appointments are required. Scheduling these appointments allows us to pull materials in advance, making your visit as productive as possible. To request a research appointment, please email the following information to

  • Your requested date and arrival time;
  • 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.

Upcoming Events

Sat 29
Sun 30

Save Your History: a Digital Preservation Workshop

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
May 06

Mapping and Migration

May 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
May 11