Albert H. Small

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Albert H. Small
Born 1927 (age 89–90)
Nationality United States
Occupation Real estate developer
Children Albert H. Small, Jr.
Parent(s) Albert Small

Albert H. Small (born 1927) is a real estate developer, and philanthropist.

Early life and education[edit]

Born to a Jewish family,[1] Small is of the second generation of a family involved in real estate development in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.[2] His father, Albert Small, was a commercial developer who built the Silver Spring Shopping Center in 1938, the first drive-in shopping center in suburban Washington.[2] Albert H. expanded into apartment and commercial development. In 1950, he founded Southern Engineering with Herman Greenberg and eventually built more than 20,000 homes, condominiums, and office buildings throughout the region.[2]

His son, Albert Small Jr., has followed in the family business and is involved in residential homebuilding mainly in Northern Virginia.[1] He graduated from the University of Virginia in chemical engineering in 1946.[citation needed]


Small served as a Director of Home Properties of New York Inc. from July 1999 until May 4, 2004. Along with the acquisition of properties near Washington, D.C., he and others received approximately 4,086,000 of operating partnership units in Home Properties.[3] He is President of Southern Engineering Corporation and is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the National Association of Home Builders.

He invested with Bernie Madoff.[4][5]


Small serves on the Board of Directors of the National Symphony Orchestra, National Advisory Board Music Associates of Aspen, Department of State Diplomatic Rooms Endowment Fund, James Madison Council of the Library of Congress, Tudor Place Foundation, The Life Guard of Mount Vernon, Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and the National Archives Foundation.[3]

The University of Virginia Library[6][7] and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History[8][9] have named rooms for him. The Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection in the University of Virginia Library is the most comprehensive in the world about the document. Small pledged his entire collection to the University, along with substantial funds for the new building.[6] He has given to Tulane University.[10] Small has a special affinity for those who died during World War II, and whose stories are "forgotten" as time passes. For the past two years, he has paid for a team of fifteen teachers and their student partners to come to Washington D.C. as part of Project Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom[11] This institute is affiliated with National History Day.[12] Students and teachers research a soldier from their home state who is buried at the American Cemetery in Normandy, France. The teams then travel to France and tour the D-Day battlefields, where they lay a wreath at the graveside and read a memorial to their soldier. After they return home, students produce a web page devoted to that soldier.



  1. ^ a b Jewish Washington - Scrapbook of an American Community: "Albert H. Small, Jr. - Real Estate Developer" June 2, 2005
  2. ^ a b c Jewish Washington: "Real Estate Boom" retrieved September 18. 2014
  3. ^ a b "Albert H. Small Jr.". Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Searching the Madoff List". Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bernard Madoff investors made public". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Declaration of Independence Collection, Small Library, UVa". Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "University of Virginia News Story". Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "NMAH - Albert H. Small Documents Gallery - America's New Birth of Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation". Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "National Museum of American History: Albert H. Small Documents Gallery". Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
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  12. ^ "Home of History Education: National History Day". Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "News Archive". Retrieved 16 January 2015. 

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