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

Your Next President . . . ! The Campaign Art of Mark and Rosalind Shenkman

Patriotic textiles from the Collection of Mark and Rosalind Shenkman illustrate how presidential campaigning developed in the 19th century.

A Collector’s Vision: Creating the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection

Updated in June with a dozen new objects, this exhibition showcases highlights from this remarkable collection documenting the history of D.C.

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 Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection inspires regular lunchtime talks on changing D.C. topics.