The National Press Club Archives collects and preserves a treasure trove of archival materials from the National Press Club, the Washington Press Club (formerly the Women’s National Press Club) which merged with the NPC in 1985, and The Gridiron Club. The archives are available for research purposes to members of the National Press Club and historians.
The National Press Club Archives collects, preserves, describes, exhibits and makes available to researchers materials related to the history and activities of the National Press Club and the history of journalism, specifically in the Washington DC area.
The Archives provides research services for members and the general public. Basic reference requests are handled on a first come first serve basis free of charge. Due to limited staff, researchers with in-depth research requests are asked to perform their own research by making an appointment during regular business hours.
Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm by appointment only. To schedule an appointment call 202-662-7598.
National Press Building
529 14th Street, NW
Suite 480 (4th Floor)
Washington, DC 20045
The Archives offers photographic reprint services for personal use and for publication. Photographs may be reproduced and purchased pending copyright permission. Requests for copyrighted materials may be declined based on the copyright holder. Researchers requesting printed copies of photographs must pay the outside vendor fee plus 25%. Print requests may take up to three weeks. Digital copies of photographs are burned to CD-ROM. Digital copies are $25 for low resolution copies (under 300 dpi) and $35 for high resolution copies (600 dpi or higher). These prices are in addition to the $10 fee for the CD-ROM.
Researchers may request audio copies from our luncheon series, newsmakers, book raps, professional affairs events, and forums. The Archives will not sell copies of oral histories without the consent of the donor. Oral history copies may not be used for broadcast without permission of the donor. Please note, all audio from 1952 to 1990 is located at the Library of Congress. For more information and to search for National Press Club audio located at the Library of Congress please see www.loc.gov/rr/record. Most audio is in analog format requiring extra time to transfer to a digital format if requested. Older recordings are not broadcast quality.
The National Press Club maintains video of the Luncheon speakers, Fourth Estate Awards, Journalism Awards and club activities only. There is no video footage of Luncheon events prior to 1994. Video footage of other National Press Club activities vary. All video through early 2006 was shot on VHS. Non-broadcast quality digital copies are available.
National Press Club Luncheon transcripts may be ordered through the Archives and can be delivered as hard copies or emailed as a PDF. The cost is $22 (plus $5 to cover shipping on hard copies).
Photocopies are 25 cents per page up to 20 pages. If the total number of pages exceeds 20 copies an additional charge of $10 will be applied to the final bill. The archivist may refuse to copy certain items if they are deemed too fragile or unstable.
For more information about archives services, please contact the archivist at 202-662-7598 or email.