Archives Center

Welcome to the Archives Center

The Archives Center supports the mission of the National Museum of American History by collecting, preserving, and providing access to archival documents that complement the museum's exhibition, research, and collecting programs. The Archives Center holds more than 1,300 collections documenting the history of technology, invention and innovation, business and consumer culture, American music, and popular culture as well as many other topics.


Beyond the Label: Arab American Faces, Places and Traces

The Arab American Studies Association Conference honors Alixa Naff (1919-2013), donor and former Archives Center volunteer. Naff was foremost in promoting the understanding and changing nature of the Arab American label. Her contributions to archiving Arab American history include a collection of archival materials, oral histories, and artifacts that she catalogued and donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Her preeminent publication, Becoming American: The Early Arab-American Experience, remains a pioneering and influential history of Arab Americans.