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.
 

Back Where We Belong

The Archives Center has returned to its permanent location on the first floor of the National Museum of American History’s West Wing. All but a few collections are available for use in the NMAH Reading Room. The collections that remain off-site can be accessed the first full week of each month at the Reference Room in Building 19 of the Garber Facility in Suitland, Maryland. It is critical that you contact the Archives Center to make an appointment at least two weeks prior to visiting. Please communicate with us and schedule an appointment before making travel arrangements. We are able to accommodate researchers requiring access to off-site collections only the first full week of each month.

To ask about the location of collections of interest and schedule an appointment send an email to archivescenter@si.edu.

To determine which collections may be of interest consult Archives Center Collections and SIRIS the Smithsonian Institution’s on-line catalogue.

Days and Hours:

Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Monday through Thursday
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Archives Center is closed Fridays and Federal Holidays.

 

Building 19, Garber Facility, Suitland, Maryland

Monday through Thursday
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

(The first full week of each month only)

The Archives Center is closed Fridays and Federal Holidays.

 

 

 

 

The Archives Center is part of a $496,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources to establish the D.C Africana Archives Project. The grant aims to document African American and African culture, history and politics in D.C. through photographs, documents, audio recordings and films held by people and organizations throughout the city.

The Archives Center is working with The George Washington University - the lead grant recipient - as well as the District of Columbia Archives, Howard University's Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

To learn more about the project, please contact Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist, at 202-633-3719 or brossuardv@si.edu