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Acquiring Published Genealogies

Please help the Library of Congress identify and acquire new and reprinted genealogy and local history volumes.

The Library of Congress has one of the world's premier collections of U.S. and foreign genealogy and local history publications. The Library's genealogy collection began as early as 1815 when Thomas Jefferson's library was purchased. Through generations of international giving, the Library's collections contain more than 50,000 compiled family histories and over 100,000 U.S. local histories. The Library also collects local histories from around the world. Researchers doing foreign research will find strong collections for western Europe, especially the British Isles, Ireland, and Germany.


To donate a genealogy or local history to the Library of Congress, bring the book to the Main Reading Room, located on the first floor of the Jefferson Building (LJ-100). Donations may be sent by FedEx or UPS to:

Library of Congress
U.S. Special Acquisitions - RG
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4275
[email protected]

Donations to the Library of Congress will be acknowledged, and may be tax deductible, depending on the donor's own tax situation. We strongly encourage the use of acid-free paper and if the work requires binding, please allow wide margins.


If it is not possible for you to donate your publication to the Library, we will make every effort to purchase a copy, subject to the availability of funds. Please send the publisher's name, address, and telephone number, along with the author, title, and price of the book to Local History & Genealogy, Collection Development, at the address listed.


When copyright deposit copies of published genealogies are sent to the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress, it is not necessary to donate additional gift copies. If you copyright your published work, two copies must be deposited with the Copyright Office within three months of publication. Copyrighted published genealogies are automatically added to the Library's collections. The Library does not collect unpublished genealogies. Further information about copyright registration is available from:

Library of Congress
U.S. Copyright Office
Publications Section
101 Independence Avenue, SE #6300
Washington, DC 20559-6300

(202) 707-3000 or 1-877-476-0778 (toll free)
[email protected]

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