Prints & Maps

Detail of "Plan of the City of Washington, in the Territory of Columbia."
"Plan of the City of Washington, in the Territory of Columbia" (detail), published by Samuel Hill after design of Andrew Ellicott, Boston, Massachusetts. Printed on cloth in red ink.

The Washingtoniana Collection is the finest private collection of historical maps of Washington in existence. Rare seventeenth- and eighteenth-century maps chart the land before the establishment of the nation's capital, then illustrate the city’s emerging settlement process, the Civil War era, and twentieth-century growth. The maps chronicle the built-up urban landscape, park systems, federal and domestic development, and urban infrastructure. 

Current Exhibitions

For the Record: Picturing D.C.

Compelling images selected through the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s annual juried competition document the city’s evolving urban landscape through the eyes of local artists.

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

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