Physical Address: National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue & 12th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20013, Room 1041
Mailing Address: Smithsonian Libraries and Archives, Dibner Library, National Museum of American History, MRC 672, P.O. Box 37012, Washington, DC 20013
Telephone number: 202-633-3872
Contact information: [email protected]
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Books and monographs
More than 500 rare books on religion and related subjects from the 15th to the late 19th centuries. The collection is rich in Bibles and Bible portions, Christian theology, and the history of churches of various denominations. Other prominent genres are prayerbooks, sermons, hymnals, psalters, and devotional literature. Works in Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Islam are also present.
Periodicals and newspapers
A handful of periodical titles related to religion.
Archives, manuscripts, correspondences, and/or oral histories
Less than fifty bound manuscripts or loose-leaf manuscript groups related to religion from the 10th to the 19th centuries, including medieval missals, an Armenian prayerbook, and an Aramaic Pentateuch
More than 2,000 portraits in format of art prints, (woodcuts, copper and steel engravings, mezzotints, lithographs, etc.), oil paintings, and photographs.
Ca. 100 primarily 19th-century maps.
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Incunabula From the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology (si.edu) External
Scientific Identity: Portraits from the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology (si.edu) External
Other holdings not listed above
More than 300 incunabula (i.e. books printed before 1501), many related to religion
The Comegys Family Rare Book Collection, including illustrated 19th-century Bibles
Bible; Buddhism; Christianity; Church; Devotional Literature; Hinduism; Hymns; Islam; Judaism; Piety; Prayer; Religion; Theology