Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies

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The center houses an important collection of Washington, D.C., history, as well as a non-circulating library. Stop by during public hours or schedule a research visit to access books, serials and original maps, illustrative prints, newspapers, ephemera and more. You can also engage with us online: browse the entire collection on the collections website, follow the center's Evolution D.C. blog for student research or join our virtual D.C. Mondays programs for insights into Washington's history and culture.





Plan a Visit

The Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies is located in the museum's historic Woodhull House (entrance on 701 21st St. NW). Walk-in visitors are welcome on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. You can also request a research appointment by contacting Curator Kasey Sease at [email protected].

Looking for more? Visit our Woodhull House galleries to see rotating exhibitions inspired by the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. Plan a museum visit

About the Collection

The Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection traces the founding and evolution of Washington, D.C., as a city and a national capital. It includes nearly 2,000 prints, maps, manuscripts, books, newspapers, broadsides and photographs. The collection was donated to the George Washington University in 2011 by real estate developer and philanthropist Albert H. Small. Browse the entire collection online

D.C. Mondays Programs

In this virtual series, local authors, researchers and community members discuss Washington, D.C.’s history, politics, culture and more. Browse upcoming programs or watch videos of past programs

Evolution D.C. Blog

Evolution D.C. is a platform for university students to share original research on the history and development of the nation’s capital. Drawing inspiration from the museum’s Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection, these short essays and insights connect past with present, exploring D.C.’s evolving neighborhoods, politics, art, culture and more. Visit the blog

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Black-and-white map

John Obilby, Nova Terrae Mariae Tabula, 1671, AS 707.

A group of Victorian men and women look out over National Mall

The Inauguration of President Garfield, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 1881, AS 89. 

Historical impeachment trail ticket

Philps & Solomons, Pass to attend impeachment in Congress of President Andrew Johnson, April 17, 1868, AS 817.

Historical rendering of U.S. Capitol building

Edward Sachse (1804-1873), View of Washington City, 1871, AS 2.