||Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW
Washington, DC 20016
||Dr. Richard G. Hewlett,
|Hours of Service:
|Tuesday and Thursday:
||10:00 a.m.--2:00 p.m.
|Open to the public:
||Yes, by appointment
Personnel files and some recent files are not available to the
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- Reference Policy:
- Telephone and mail reference questions are answered for the
public provided that inquiries are precise and can be answered
without extensive research.
- Borrowing Privileges:
- Not a lending institution.
- Background Note:
- The Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation was chartered
by the United States Congress in 1893. Construction of the cathedral
itself was started in 1907 and was completed in 1990. The Cathedral
is the seat of the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church and
the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. The cathedral
is not an instrument of the federal government and receives no
support from the federal government, the Diocese of Washington,
or the Episcopal Church. Worship services in the cathedral are
based on the liturgy of the Episcopal Church, but the Cathedral
is open to other Christian denominations and other religions and
is maintained as a house of prayer for all people. Researchers
should note that there is no central register of genealogical
data in the Episcopal Church. Such records are held by individual
parishes. The only such data held by the Cathedral are baptisms,
confirmations, marriages, and burials performed in the cathedral.
- Books and monographs:
- This is a library of histories and reference works related to
the history of the Cathedral and the Episcopal Church (500 volumes,
open to the public) with inclusive publication dates from 1890
to 1980. The archives also has in storage a collection of architectural
and art books (approximately 1,500 volumes), used for reference
during design and construction of the cathedral These pertain
primarily to Gothic architecture. This collection is not available
for research at present.
There is a computer catalog for both libraries, 1890-1980.
- Periodicals and newspapers:
- The Archives holds Cathedral Age, a quarterly
magazine, 1925-present. This journal describes activities of
and its associated schools: the National Cathedral School for
girls, St. Albans School for boys, Beauvoir School, and the
of Preachers. Also contains occasional articles on other Episcopal
and Anglican cathedrals and articles on conferences held in
cathedral on religious, ethical, economic, and social issues
of national significance.
A detailed computer index is available.
- Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
- The central core of the Cathedral Archives is the manuscript
collection, consisting of 52 record groups, 250 record storage
boxes, and 6,600 folders. The collection documents the corporate,
administrative, and public history of the cathedral, 1885-1990.
A computerized inventory which can be searched by folder title
and record date span is available for the entire collection.
A new system, which incorporates key word searching, is being
The curator of the manuscript collection is Dr. Richard G.
Hewlett, the Cathedral Historiographer, (202) 537-8981.
The architectural and constuction records generated during the 83 years
that the cathedral was under construction are maintained in a separation
collection maintained off-site. The collection consists of 250 record
center boxes of correspondence and reports and approximately 40,000 architectural
drawings. A rough preliminary inventory by storage box and map case drawer
exists on computer. For access to the collection, consult Dr. Richard
Hewlett, (202) 537-8981.
- Five of the 52 record groups noted in the Archives section
have been microfilmed for document security purposes.
- Paintings, photographs, slides, and prints:
- Four record groups in the main collection contain only photographs.
Photos cover major events in the history of the cathedral since
These record groups are included in the computerized inventory.
The photo curator is Jesse Wilson, (202) 537-8981.
Bratenahl, George C. F., 1862-1939; Callaway, Paul, 1909-1985; Christian
art; Church architecture; Church buildings; Church music; Councils
and synods; Creighton, William Forman, 1909-1987; Dirksen, Richard
Wayne, 1921- ; Dun, Angus, 1892-1971; Ecumenical movement; Education
and religion; Episcopal Church--Clergy; Feller, Richard T., 1919-
; Freeman, James Edward, 1866-1943; Harding, Alfred, 1852-1923; Liturgy;
Perry, Charles Austin, 1928- ; Preaching; Religion and state, Religious
art; Religious biography; Ritual; Sacraments; Satterlee, Henry Yates,
1843-1908; Sayre, Francis Bowes, Jr., 1915- ; Sermons; Theological
education; Walker, John Thomas, 1925-1989; Women and religion; Worship
Inventory of Washington Cathedral Archives. Historical
Records Survey, Work Progress Administration. Washington, DC: Works
Progress Administration, 1930. [Outdated but contains valuable