The Americana Collection offers more than 4,000 diverse American imprints and manuscripts. The focus of the collection is on Colonial America, the Revolutionary War Era, and the early Republic, but the breadth of the collection spans five centuries.
The DAR treasury includes diaries and letters; military papers; govermental papers; birth, baptismal and marriage records; autographs; newspapers; maps; legal and court records; and music and photos. Visitors to the Americana Room can view the collection's holdings arranged in exhibits which change periodically to reflect different themes. Past exhibits have captured the essence of the American Revolution, illustrated schooling in America, and showcased Signers of the United States Constitution.
To schedule a visit, please see General Information.
||"Those Who Knew And Loved Him": The General Henry Knox Family Documents in the Americana Collection
||The Four Founders and the DAR's Early Years
||The 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence
||Revolutionary Revelations: The American Revolution as Reflected in the NSDAR Americana Collection
||A Glimpse into Early America: Pre-Eighteenth Century Treasures in the Americana Collection
||Maidens, Wives, Mothers, Widows: Women in America from Colonial to Modern Times
||The Americana Collection's Golden Jubilee: Capturing America's Past Through Pen and Press
||The 39 Signers of the Constitution [of the United States]
||Schooling in America, 1700-1850
||The Stages of Life: Birth and Baptism; Childhood-education; Youth; Marriage; Responsibilities of Adulthood; Death
The Office of the Historian General also maintains the NSDAR Archives. These online exhibitions explore the fascinating history of the DAR.
- Four Founders
Decidedly not ladies of leisure, the four founders of the DAR were anything but traditional. Two were single and two were widowed, and all four were working women who supported either children or extended family.
- Dazzling Daughters
From its outset and beginning with its founders, the Society's ranks have included uncommon women who achieved uncommon goals. They include First Ladies and firsts in their field, actresses and adventurers, artists and authors, reformers and humanitarians, educators and engineers, doctors and nurses, and even pioneers in space. While their accomplishments are as diverse as their professions, all of them have been brave women who often performed heroic acts and shared a sense of purpose and pride, and an undaunted pursuit of their ideals.