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


Researchers must call or email Mike Hardy in advance of any visit to ensure materials are available for viewing.


This is a general collection of unique items (8,000 monographs and 245,000 serial holdings) with broad strengths in the following areas of the 19th and 20th centuries:


  • Applied science and technology
  • Natural and physical sciences
  • History and culture
  • Fine arts, especially Modern Art
  • Museum studies
    • Museum reports from all over the world
    • Smithsonian publications, including the bulletin of the National Museum, annual reports for both the Institution and the National Museum


Unique specialized collections include:

  • Culinary Historians of Washington (CHoW) Collection
  • Easter Island archival materials, the Robert P. Anderson Collection
  • Aerospace Legacy Reports Collection
  • Auction catalogs, chiefly from Sotheby’s and Christie’s

The facility features a modern reading room with connections for laptops and cameras, and a microform reader.