Smithsonian Institution Libraries Research Annex

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Smithsonian Institution Libraries Research Annex
United States
38° 56' 18.2364" N, 76° 52' 49.4904" W

The repository features a modern reading room with connections for laptops and cameras, and a microform reader. Researchers must call or email Mike Hardy in advance of any visit to ensure materials are available for viewing.

The collection is a general collection of unique items (8,000 monographs and 245,000 volumes of serial holdings) with broad strengths in the following areas:

  • 19th & 20th century travel and exploration narratives, original and reprints
  • Anthropology foreign language journals
  • Arabic language science and medical tracts reprints
  • Applied sciences and technology, particularly foreign language titles
  • Transportation, especially automotive and rail
  • Presidential Papers series
  • Extractive industries, chiefly mining
  • Museum reports from all over the world
  • Auction catalogs, chiefly from Sotheby’s and Christie’s
  • Robert P. Anderson Collection of Easter Island archival materials
  • 19th and 20th century photography serials
  • Culinary Historians of Washington (CHoW) collection
  • Washington Post and Washington Star microform holdings
  • Dissertation abstracts in microform
  • Smithsonian publications, including the bulletins of the National Museum, annual reports for both the Institution and the National Museum, Contributions to Knowledge series, Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collection
  • Modern Art
  • NASM Library Aerospace Legacy Reports Collection
  • Photography
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Zalesch Mail Order Catalogs Collection
  • Geology
  • Horticulture