DAR Historic Preservation
History of the Americana Collection: One of the major
projects undertaken by the NSDAR at the time of the commemoration of
its fiftieth anniversary celebration in 1940-1941 was the creation
of a collection of early American manuscripts and imprints. For the
fifty-year period prior to this Golden jubilee celebration no formal
collection of such material had existed at the National Society.
Rather, early American manuscripts and imprints lay scattered among
the holdings of the DAR Library and the DAR Museum. The nucleus of
the collection formed in 1940 was material culled from the Society's
own library and museum.
When the addition to the NSDAR Administration Building was planned
later in the 1940s, provision was made for the construction of a
special, climate-controlled American Room to house the Americana
Collection permanently. With a proper home and an active collecting
policy, the collection has flourished. After fifty years, over 4,000
accessions compose the collection.
Items in the Americana Collection:
Collection is comprised of manuscript and imprint materials,
primarily (but not exclusively) pertaining to life in Colonial
America, the Revolutionary War era, and the Early Republic.
Currently, the Americana Collection is the sole collecting agent at
the NSDAR for early American manuscripts and printed materials.