As early as 1889, the society recognized the need to preserve records of Revolutionary documents. Moreover, as membership depends upon descending from a Revolutionary War soldier, the society also began to amass genealogical records of births, marriages, and deaths.
From 1889 to 1925, these records were held by the Secretary General or Registrar General. In 1926, the records were moved to the first official SAR library in Washington, DC. However, when the headquarters officially opened in Louisville, KY in 1979, the SAR Library was moved to this new destination, where it remains today.
A visit to the library may enlighten the visitor on pieces of his/her history that he/she never knew. Tours of the headquarters can also be arranged, where many interesting artifacts are on display.