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.

The Archives Center Is Moving

March 15, 2015

    Reference services will resume March 16 in the Archives Center Reading Room on the first floor, west wing of the National Museum of American History. Following the move the Reading Room will be open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. The Archives Center is closed  Fridays and Federal Holidays.

    Several collections will remain at the Smithsonian Institution facility in Suitland, Maryland. To provide access to those collections the Archives Center's off-site reading room will be open Monday through Thursday the first full week of each month. The Archives Center is closed Fridays and Federal Holidays.