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Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives: Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia

Smithsonian Libraries and Archives: Anacostia Community Museum Library

Introductory Information

Smithsonian Libraries and Archives: Anacostia Community Museum Library External

Address: 1901 Fort Place SE, Washington, DC 20020

Telephone number: 202-633-4863

Contact information: [email protected]

Online catalog External

Digital Collections link External

Access Policies

Hours of service: By appointment.

Open to the public: Yes, by appointment

Interlibrary loan: Yes

Reference policy: Reference requests are accepted by email: [email protected], telephone, or through the Ask-A-Librarian email: [email protected]

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Books and monographs
The collection holds approximately 200 volumes on subjects in religion which were published between the early 1960s to the present. Highlights include religion with an emphasis on churches, sacred music, and the religion of non-traditional communities and cultures. The online catalog (SIRIS) External covers these collections.

Periodicals and newspapers
The collection includes about thirty journal titles from 1834 to the present. These journals include articles on religion, community history, and church culture to name a few.

The library’s microform collection contains 40-50 titles of newspapers from the 19th century. Many of these have short runs and much of what is written includes the religion of the American abolitionist movements, as well as social and religious issues in American communities.

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Digital collections
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Subject Headings

African American churches; African Americans--Religion; Church buildings--African American; Church history--African American; Islam and African Americans; Spirituals; Urban Waterways; Cities; Environmental Justice; Communities