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

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.