Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The Underground/The Washington Independent

New Collection Acquired: The Underground

Special Collections recently acquired the Underground (which became the Washington Independent) newspaper collection from Francesco DiBaggio, the son of the newspaper’s creator — writer and journalist, Thomas DiBaggio. The paper, which was hand-distributed on the American University campus, was unique for its "free range" criticism, offering a variety of perspectives within its pages.

Finger pointing at a historic plat map

Educators & Students

Now that Washingtoniana has settled into its new interim location, we'd like to invite groups of educators and students from around the city to visit and discover all that our division has to offer. Our collections contain a number of resources that may be useful in the classroom or for specific research projects, such as:   Photographs Maps Books on DC history Vertical files and newspapers Building permits and directories Genealogy and house history resources Archival collections

The Intelligencer

The Intelligencer

Special Collections' Newsletter

Want to stay up-to-date on all the latest happenings in Special Collections? Consider signing up for our newsletter, The Intelligencer! Sent via e-mail every three weeks, The Intelligencer covers collection updates, interim services, and upcoming programs and events for Washingtoniana, the DC Community Archives, the Peabody Room at Georgetown Neighborhood Library, and the Black Studies Center.

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In Resurrection City songbook by J. Edward Haycraft, signed

Poor People's Campaign Collection Online

Digitized for the 50th anniversary of the Campaign

The Library is pleased to announce that the Poor People's Campaign Collection has been added to Dig DC, your home for digital local history. The collection has been digitized in its entirety to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the campaign and Resurrection City.

Cover of the January 16, 1969 Washington Free Press, an illustration of a protest at the U.S. Capitol

Historic Washington Free Press 1967-1969 online

Digitized counterculture newspaper now available in Dig DC

DC Public Library Special Collections recently published The Washington Free Press Collection in Dig DC, the library's portal to digital local history archives. The collection contains issues of the underground newspaper the Washington Free Press published from 1967 to 1969.

Women's eight and coxswain on the water at the boathouse, circa 1920s

Potomac Boat Club Collection Digitized

Historic Georgetown rowing club photographs now online

The Potomac Boat Club Photograph Collection now online documents competitive and social events at the Georgetown rowing club from its 1869 founding through the late-20th century.  The collection, donated to the George Peabody Room Collection at Georgetown Neighborhood Library by the club in 2015, has been was digitized in its entirety.

Music Scores

Score Collection & Music Resources at DC Public Library

DC Public Library circulates an extensive collection of music scores for library users: piano music, popular and classical vocal music, solo and ensemble instrumental music, fakebooks, instructional method books, full orchestra, ballet and opera scores, miniature study scores, and more!

The Hans Kindler Orchestral Score Collection

Hans Kindler was the founder and conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra for its first eighteen seasons, from 1931 to 1949.  His library of orchestral performance sets was donated to the DC Public Library in 1951. This special collection includes over 900 titles and is available for use, free of charge, by orchestras and ensembles in the Washington Metropolitan region.   Holdings

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