Cathedral Archives

The Archives of Washington National Cathedral preserves documents of historical importance to the Cathedral, the city of Washington, and the nation. The Archives is open to researchers, as well as the general public.

The Collection

The Cathedral Archives collection includes:

  • historical records of the building of the Cathedral and the establishment of the Cathedral Foundation
  • service registers and leaflets
  • news clippings from 1894 to the present
  • records of iconography and furnishings
  • architectural and construction records
  • a complete collection of the quarterly magazine Cathedral Age, beginning in 1925
  • information about Cathedral artists
  • photographs of national events occurring at the Cathedral
  • multimedia materials (DVDs, CDs, videos)

The Archives collection does not include historical materials of the national Episcopal Church, personal data records of church members, nor genealogical information.

Queries by mail

The Cathedral Archives welcomes questions, by telephone, email, or mail. Turn-around time is three weeks.

Onsite Research

Applications for an appointment to do extensive research must be made at least two weeks in advance.

Hours of Operation

The Archives is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 am until 2 pm, and other times by appointment.

Contact the Archives

Washington National Cathedral Archives
Massachusetts & Wisconsin Avenues, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016-5098
E-mail: dney@cathedral.org

Parking at the Cathedral

Parking in the Cathedral’s underground garage is free on Sundays for services and organ recitals; parking for concerts and programs is available for an event-parking fee. Learn more about parking options for individuals and groups.