The Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection

Photo of "A New Dissected map of the World with a  Picture Puzzle of the Capitol at Washington"
A New Dissected map of the World with a Picture Puzzle of the Capitol at Washington. Produced by McLoughlin Bros., New York, 1888. AS 632 A. Photo by Jessica McConnell Burt / The George Washington University.

Albert H. Small, a third-generation Washingtonian, is President of Southern Engineering Corporation. He became interested in historical collecting after serving in the Navy during World War II, and in February 2011, donated his Washingtoniana collection—some sixty years in the making—to the university to help establish the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. The Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection documents the formation, development, and history of Washington, D.C. from the eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century, and includes nearly 1,000 manuscripts, books, newspapers, broadsides, photographs, postage stamps, paper currencies, and a remarkable collection of prints and maps. 

On View

Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton

Drawing on historical newspapers from the collection of Antonia M. Chambers, this exhibition highlights important life events and accomplishments of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Greetings from Washington

This exhibition examines postcards relating to D.C., from their golden age at the turn of the twentieth century through the vintage glamour of mid-century graphics and beyond.

Treasures from the Albert H. Small Collection

A selection of maps, letters, prints, and artifacts on display from the museum’s Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection includes recent acquisitions and rare treasures.

Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies Reading Room

Make an appointment to explore the Washingtoniana Collection.

D.C. Mondays at the Museum

The museum's Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection inspires weekly lunchtime talks on changing D.C. topics.