Letter from George Washington to David Stuart
Photo 8 of 12 ALS. George Washington, Philadelphia, to David Stuart, Georgetown, D.C. November 30, 1792. Small 895.

The Washingtoniana Collection includes over 600 books, pamphlets, planning studies, government reports, proposals, and documentation of both built and un-built Washington. Highlights include President George Washington's letter to Congress describing the ten-mile square that would become the District of Columbia and an 1814 manuscript map by an English army officer illustrating the Battle of Bladensburg, the American defeat in the War of 1812 that resulted in the burning of the White House and other buildings.

Current Exhibitions

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.