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The Daughters of the American Revolution Library

The Daughters of the American Revolution Library is a private, non-circulating library with over 100,000 books and thousands of files relating to American history and genealogy. It was established in 1896 for DAR staff genealogists, but is now open to the public. Non-members must pay a small entrance fee. For information about the DAR genealogy society itself, see the topic Daughters of the American Revolution.


DAR Library or DAR Museum
1776 D Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20006-5303
Web site:

Telephone: (202) 628-4780


Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sundays: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on holiday weekends
Closed Saturdays, Federal holidays, and for two weeks in mid-April

Unannounced closings may occur; call ahead to make sure they will be open when you plan to visit.


The DAR Library collection includes books pertaining to genealogy and American and local history. Among their special collections are Genealogical Records Committee Reports from all 50 states, which contain selected Bible records, cemetery transcriptions, court record abstracts, censuses, military records, and vital records. They also have files which document DAR membership applications, 25,000 family histories, a collection of genealogical research notes and personal letters, a Native American collection, genealogical periodicals, and city directories. In addition, there is also special collection devoted to the history of the American Revolution, the formation of the Union, and the Constitution.

Access to Records

On site
Non-member researchers must pay entrance fees. The cost is $5.00 on weekdays, $3.00 on Sundays, and $2.00 for those who come just for the lunch hour. Due to the fragility of many books, no self-service copying is available.
Through the mail
Requests for photocopies must include the author, title, date of publications, and pages needed. The cost is $1.25 for the first page from each book and $.30 for each subsequent page in the same book. There is a limit of 30 pages per order. Checks should be made out to "Treasurer General, NSDAR" and should be marked "Library Photocopies." Mail orders directly to the library.
Literature available
The following informational pamphlets are available:
  • NSDAR Library: Basic Policies and Information
  • DAR Library
The DAR also sells the following publications:
  • DAR Library Catalog, Volume 2: State and Local Histories and Records. $17.00
  • DAR Library Catalog, Volume 3: Centennial Supplement, Acquisitions 1985-1991. $65.00

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