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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:
Office of the Director

Address: 10th Street and Constitution Ave. NW
NHB 22, MRC 154
Washington, DC 20560
Telephone Number: (202) 357-2240
Fax Number: (202) 786-2866
Contact Persons: Dr. Nancy E. Gwinn, Director
Email Address:[email protected]
Internet Catalog Address:telnet to or

Access Policies

Hours of Service:
Monday--Friday 8:45 a.m.--5:15 p.m.
Open to the public: By appointment only
Photocopying:: Yes
Interlibrary loan: Yes

Reference Policy:
See branch library listing.
Borrowing Privileges:
These privileges are for staff and Smithsonian fellows. The general public may borrow through interlibrary loan.
CIRLA (Chesapeake Information and Research Library Alliance), FEDLINK (Federal Library Information Network). The Smithsonian Institution Libraries is a special member of the RLG (Research Libraries Group) Preservation Program . Holdings are listed in OCLC.
Background Note:
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries system was established in 1968. The 17 branch libraries serve the research and programs of the Smithsonian and also the general public.
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Description of Collections

Collections with religion or religion-related books and materials are held in the five branch libraries listed here:

  • Anacostia Museum Branch Library
  • Anthropology Branch Library
  • Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology
  • National Museum of African Art Branch Library
  • National Museum of American History Branch Library


Smithsonian Institution Libraries. The Books of the Fairs: Materials about the World's Fairs, 1834-1916, in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Chicago,IL: American Library Association, 1992.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Manuscripts of the Dibner Collection in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Libraries, 1985.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Rare Books and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995.

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