D.C. Community Archives
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.
Appointments are required to use collections in the Archives. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is closed for a three-year modernization. Starting May 8, 2017, patrons can visit our Appointments/Contacts/Hours page (preferred) or call 202-727-2272 to make an appointment. Appointments will begin on June 5.
Materials will be delivered, by appointment, to the Library of Congress Newspaper & Current Periodicals Reading Room. Please note that at least three business days are required to transport collections from the time your request is confirmed.
Appointment blocks are available Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 - 4 p.m. Additional evening appointment blocks may be scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Library of Congress
Newspaper & Current Periodicals Reading Room
101 Independence Ave. SE
Madison Building, LM-133
Washington, DC 20540
In some instances, archival collections may be delivered to the Peabody Room at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. Please contact the Archives for details.
Please contact the Archivist (see above) for more information about donating your collection to DC Public Library Special Collections.
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.