James O. Hall Research Center

The James O. Hall Research Center, a repository of books and research materials pertaining to the Lincoln assassination and early Victorian period, is available to those studying the Lincoln assassination. It was named after the late James O. Hall, a highly respected authority on the Lincoln assassination.

In addition to a library of more than 2,000 books, the Research Center houses the research files of Lincoln assassination scholar, James O. Hall; the Surratt House Museum; other researchers, historians, and benefactors. Included are microfilm holdings on: the Lincoln assassination Suspects file from the National Archives, Library of Congress materials, Provost Marshal’s files, Old Capitol Prison records, and more. Also available are all major books on the subject, many of which are out-of-print, as well as extensive vertical file information. A photo archive, periodicals and other materials and media round out the holdings.

An adjacent, newly-constructed Meeting Room serves as a gathering place for meetings, seminars, and small receptions.

• The research center is open by appointment only.
•  The Library at the James O. Hall Research Center is a non-lending library. Every effort is made to assist researchers and scholars to efficiently and effectively access information while at the Center.
• Limited copying of library materials is available.
• Call 301.868.6185 for details.
• Question or comment? Send us a secure email

Notice of copyright responsibility: The materials in the James O. Hall Research Center at Surratt House Museum are made available solely for the purpose of private study, research, and education. Many of the items are protected by U.S. Copyright Law, and several major collections were donated with copyright privileges granted to the museum and its volunteer affiliate, The Surratt Society. Due to the size of our holdings, it is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights