D.C. Community Archives

D.C. Community Archives

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Founded in 1987, the D.C. Community Archives contains archival material from individuals, families, and organizations that have played a significant and direct role in the political, artistic and social development of local affairs in the District of Columbia. The D.C. Community Archives also documents the city’s many diverse communities and their contributions to life in the District. Collecting is focused on the 20th Century and later. 

The D.C. Community Archives also houses the DC Punk Archive, Prints & Photographs, the Oral History Research Center and the Peabody Room Archives. As part of an ongoing digitization effort, selected collections are now available digitally on Dig DC.


Collections and Finding Aids by SUBJECT

Collections and Finding Aids by TITLE

Dig DC (Digital Collections)

Make an Appointment

Appointments are required to use collections in the Archives. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is closed for a three-year modernization. As a result, access to the D.C. Community Archives is suspended for two months. Starting May 8, 2017, customers can call 202-727-1213 or email the archivist to make an appointment.

Derek Gray, Archivist

Materials will be delivered, by appointment, to one of two locations:

Library of Congress
Newspaper & Current Periodicals Reading Room
101 Independence Ave. SE

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Georgetown Library Peabody Room
3260 R St. NW

  • Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Second and fourth Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Donate Your Collection

Please contact the Archivist (see above) for more information about donating your collection to DC Public Library Special Collections.

Internships in the Archives

Field study/practicum opportunities are available for graduate students enrolled in qualifying programs. Please see DC Public Library's Internships page for more details and position descriptions.

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