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Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives:
A Guide to Resources in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia

Table of Contents - Preface/Acknowledgements - Abbreviations
Lists of Entries: District of Columbia - Maryland - Virginia

Smithsonian Institution Libraries:
National Museum of American History Branch Library

Address: 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
NMAH 5016, MRC 630
Washington, DC 20560
Telephone Number: (202) 357-2414
Fax Number: (202) 357-4256
Contact Persons: Rhoda Ratner, Branch Librarian
Email Address:[email protected]
Internet Catalog Address:telnet to or

Access Policies

Hours of Service:
Monday--Friday 10:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
Open to the public: Yes, appointment strongly encouraged
Photocopying:: Yes
Interlibrary loan: Yes

Reference Policy:
Telephone, mail and email reference questions are accepted from scholarly researchers, colleagues at other research institutions and the general public with serious queries.
Borrowing Privileges:
Borrowing privileges are limited to members of the Smithsonian community holding valid Smithsonian Institution ID and Smithsonian Institution Libraries borrowing card. The public may borrow through interlibrary loan using their own public library or university library.
CIRLA, FEDLINK. Holdings are listed in OCLC.
Background Note:
The Branch Library opened in 1965.
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Description of Collections

Books and monographs:
The collection holds approximately 350 volumes with publishing dates from the 1850s to the present. The focus of this collection is American religion, with an emphasis on churches, Southwestern missions (history and architectural history), some materials on American Jews and some materials on African American churches.

The computer catalog covers all holdings.

Approximately seven titles which focus on American history. Many include materials of relevance to the history of religion. Collections of interest are the Black Abolitionist Papers, Papers of the Pennsylvania Abolitionist Society, the Oral History Collection of Columbia University and Pamphlets in American History.

Subject Headings

Church buildings; Mission buildings--Southwest United States; Missions and missionaries--Southwest United States; Religion--Southwest United States

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