The DAR Museum gives visitors a glimpse of pre-1840 American life through its displays of folk art, rocking chairs, quilts and other furnishings, silverware, samplers, and everyday objects. Its 31 Period Rooms reflect trends in decorative arts and furnishings from 1690 to 1935. On display in the Americana Room are select items from the museum's archives of the paperwork of each period, from Colonial days through the Revolutionary War, up to the country’s beginnings: diaries, letters, and household inventories.