||14th and Constitution Avenue NW
NMAH 5016, MRC 630
Washington, DC 20560
||William Baxter, Head, Special Collections Department;
Leslie Overstreet, Reference Librarian
|Internet Catalog Address:
||telnet to siris.si.edu or http://www.siris.si.edu/
|Hours of Service:
||10:00 a.m.--4:30 p.m.
|Open to the public:
||Yes, appointment strongly encouraged
Photocopying is done by Library staff only and at the discretion
of the Reference Librarian. Some volumes are too fragile to be copied.
Books are not loaned through interlibrary loan, but the Library
will copy up to 20 pages per volume if possible.
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- Reference Policy:
- Telephone and mail reference questions are accepted. The Library
attempts to respond as time allows to questions from graduate-level
and higher researchers who cannot find such materials elsewhere
and who cannot come in person to DC to use the materials themselves.
Staff time is extremely limited and the Library cannot undertake
lengthy research. They are best able to provide bibliographic
information and responses to specific, focused inquiries.
- Borrowing Privileges:
- Not a lending institution.
- CIRLA, FEDLINK. Holdings are listed in OCLC.
- Background Note:
- See information in first Smithsonian Libraries entry.
- Books and monographs:
- The collection holds approximately 600 volumes dating from the
15th to the 20th centuries. Important highlights include Bibles
as examples of European printing history, from early printings
to the Dove's edition; and Bibles in Native American languages.
Examples include: New Testaments in Chippewa, Aleut, Mohawk, and
other Native American languages, along with biblical texts and
other related works. Most of these were done by missionaries of
various denominations, generally in the 19th century. A third
highlight is the collection of American religious texts and hymns
from the 18th and 19th centuries. Each of the mentioned collections
have fewer than 50 volumes each. Most of the holdings are general
philosophy and religion with major works in the history of European
The online catalog (SIRIS) includes all the general religion
and philosophy books above. About half of the holdings in the
first three collections are available via the card file in the
Dibner Library. This will gradually change as materials awaiting
cataloging are added to the online catalog.
Bible; Bible--Versions--Native American languages; Hymns and hymnals;
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