If you are interested in information about the War of 1812, or researching your family history (especially your 1812 ancestor), Washington D.C. has a boutique library and museum you will not want to miss! The United States Daughters 1812 Memorial Library and Museum, 1463 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington , DC 20005 is free to the public.
The library has the only collection in Washington, DC that focuses on the period from the end of the American Revolution through the ratification of the Treaty of Ghent in 1815. Indeed, it may be the only such collection in existence. The collection includes the Archives of Pennsylvania, the Archives of Maryland, and similar official publications of those states most involved with this period. Rosters of militia for most of the 18 states in the Union during this time period are also in the Library collection. There are more than 5,000 titles in the collection representing some 6,000 volumes.
The second floor of the building, occupies the 1812 Museum. It is an exceptional facility dedicated to the 1784-1815 time period.
Both the library and the museum are usually open Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. You may call 202-745-1804 to be sure so you don’t waste a trip. The Library has limited staff so assistance can be provided and we can give you a tour of our beautiful and unique museum.
We regret that Assistance cannot be offered in genealogy or lineage research. Limited photocopies can be made at a cost of $.20 per page and microfilm copies at $.50 per page. No photography is allowed in the museum.
For more information, and to view the library’s holdings, visit the Daughters of the War of 1812 on the web at http://www.usdaughters1812.org/home.html.