Research Files and Library
The following materials are available for use by researchers by appointment only. Please contact Gadsby's Tavern Museum to arrange a time.
- Research Files: These include primary and secondary source materials gathered from a variety of sources that are organized by topic. They help document the history of the building, provide context, and assist in furnishing the museum.
- Library: This consists of over 1,000 volumes including decorative arts, furnishings, clothing, social life and customs, Alexandria and Virginia history, museum studies, conservation, building preservation, and other related subject areas.
The library also includes information on the preservation and history of the tavern buildings. Guiding documents for the interpretation and preservation of the tavern buildings include The Historic Furnishings Plan by Ellen Kirven Donald and Gretchen Sullivan Sorin (1978), The Master Interpretive Plan(1985), and Restoration "Gadsby’s Tavern" in Old Town at
Alexandria, Virginia by J. Everett Fauber, Jr. FAIA (1976).
- Rates of Liquors & Overview
- Mutual Assurance Map, 1796
- Tavern Bill of Sale, 1801
- Thomas Jefferson to Joel Barlow, 1808
- Irwin Family Archival Collection: funded by the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society
- George Washington and the Birthnight Ball
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art purchases Gadsby’s Ballroom
- John Gadsby beyond Alexandria
- The Civil War at Gadsby’s
- The Story of the Female Stranger
- Honoring our Veterans: A Century of Service - The American Legion in Alexandria
- A Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Joel Barlow
- O Say Can You See? Stories from the National Museum of American History Blog: Where did Francis Scott Key write the song that became our national anthem?
- the memory place Podcast: If You Have to be a Floor
- Twisted Preservation One Night Stand Blog:
Leaving Crumbs Behind
The Museum continues to document its 18th, 19th, and 20th century history. The staff is presently collecting all archival materials and memorabilia that references Gadsby’s Tavern, or the owners and occupants of the buildings. The Museum welcomes any clippings, programs, letters, correspondence, photographs, videos, or other information relating to the history and use of Gadsby’s Tavern. Please contact the Museum to discuss donations.