Smithsonian Libraries and Archives: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library External
Address: 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560
Telephone number: 202-633-7498
Contact information: [email protected]
Online catalog External
Digital Collections link External
Hours of service: Research appointments are scheduled weekdays between 10:30am and 4:30pm (excluding Federal holidays).
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]
Background note External
Books and monographs
The collection holds approximately 100 print volumes on subjects in religion which were published between the mid-19th century to the present. Highlights include the history and culture of the African American religious experience, with an emphasis on churches, sacred music, the religion associated with social movements, folklore, and non-traditional African American religions and religious communities. The online catalog (SIRIS) External covers these collections.
Periodicals and newspapers
Periodicals that cover topics in religion are included in the SLA electronic resources collection.
Databases and/or electronic resources
Information about our databases and other electronic resources can be found on the SLA Research Tools webpage External
Databases that are free for the general public to use are linked here External
Smithsonian Collections Search Center External
African Americans – Religion; Churches; Sacred music; Folk Beliefs; Spirituals; Spirituality; Preachers and Preaching; Theology