The Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection
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.
Photo Gallery: George Washington Behind the Scenes
Washington and His Family. Engraved by William Sartain, Philadelphia, after the painting by G. Schussele, Philadelphia. Published by Bradley & Co., Philadelphia, 1864. Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection 918.
George Washington, President of the United States. Mezzotint engraving by Edward Savage, London, 1793. Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection 497.
Founding of Washington, D.C. and Washington City
Floor plan of two rental houses on Capitol Hill. Drawing by George Washington, 1798. Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection 328-A.
Check, George Washington to William Thornton. May 31, 1799. Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection 670.
Handwritten and signed letter. George Washington, Philadelphia, to David Stuart, Georgetown, D.C. November 30, 1792. Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection 895.00.
Souvenir of Mount Vernon including Monticello and Arlington.
Northwest View of the Mansion of George Washington, Mount Vernon. Drawn by Capt. Washington Hood and published by O. Hass, Washington, D.C., ca. 1850. Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection 329.
Residence of Washington. Drawn by August Kollner and published by Goupil, Vibert Co., New York, ca. 1850. Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection 47.
The Home of Washington, Mount Vernon, Va. Published by Currier & Ives, New York, ca. 1850. Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection 330.
Bird’s-Eye View of Mt. Vernon, the Home of Washington. Published by G. & F. Bill, 1859. Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection 331.
Mount Vernon, Home of Washington, Representing the Two Hundred Acres Purchased by the Ladies Association. Drawn by H. Whateley and published by T. Sinclair, Philadelphia, 1859. Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection 645.
Mount Vernon – the Home of Washington. Lithograph by R. von Glumer, Washington, D.C., ca. 1860. Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection 483.
Washington Monument in various stages of completion
Washington Monument. Published by Endicott, New York, ca. 1850.
Potomac at Washington. Unknown publisher, ca. 1870. Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection 120.
Top of the Washington Monument, Setting the Capstone. Woodcut after photograph by Alex Miller, 1885. Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection 512.
Ticket #805 allowed admittance to the Washington Monument dedication ceremony on February 21, 1885. Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection 787.
Prints & Maps
Civil War Ephemera
The Washingtoniana Collection represents the finest private collection of historical maps of Washington in existence.
The Washingtoniana Collection library holds over 600 books, pamphlets, planning studies, government reports, proposals, and documentation of both built and un-built Washington.
The Washingtoniana Collection is especially strong in materials documenting Civil War Washington—iconic buildings such as the Capitol, White House, and various public monuments.