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Rare Book Collection

  • Egenolff

  • Smith & Porcher

  • Monnoyer

  •  Fossati

  • Frézier

  • Catesby

The Rare Book Collection contains more than 10,000 volumes, prints, drawings, photographs, and blueprints. The collections began with the Blisses' purchases in the mid-twentieth century.

Use of materials held in the Rare Book Collection requires an appointment made in advance. The shelving location of all materials held in the rare book room is clearly indicated in the HOLLIS record. Searching HOLLIS in advance of arrival is recommended. We cannot guarantee that same-day requests for use can be honored.

The Rare Book Collection at Dumbarton Oaks is accessible by appointment, during the hours of 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, please contact Rare Book Collection staff at or 202-339-6462.

The Rare Book Reading Room is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Reading Room
Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Reading Room, photographed by Megan Cook

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Rare Book Collection

The Rare Book Collection is available by appointment only

Monday to Friday
9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. and
2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Closures in 2015–16
September 7, 2015
October 12
November 11
November 26
December 24–31
January 1, 2016
January 18
February 15
May 30
July 4