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 more than 1,900 manuscripts, books, newspapers, broadsides, photographs, postage stamps, paper currencies, and a remarkable collection of prints and maps. 

On View

Best Laid Plans: Designs for a Capital City

This exhibition examines unrealized designs for the Washington Monument, Memorial Bridge, and other structures around the city, through historical prints and paintings from the collection.

Songs of the Civil War

This exhibition showcases historical sheet music that provided the soundtrack to a nation divided by war.

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

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