Sidney Taliaferro Scrapbooks Collection, 1927-1930

Sidney Taliaferro Scrapbooks Collection, 1927-1930

Finding Aid

Collection No. 50 (.6 Linear feet)
D.C. Community Archives


Sidney F. Taliaferro was born in Salem, Va., in 1885 and began his working career as an office boy when he was 13. In 1899, Taliaferro moved to Washington, where he worked as an insurance agent while he attended night school at Georgetown University Law School.

After graduation, he practiced law and earned a respected reputation representing railroad companies. In 1926, he was appointed D.C. Commissioner by Calvin Coolidge and served until 1930, when he resigned to join the Riggs National Bank as a vice president and trust officer until he retired in 1950.

Mr. Taliaferro was also very active in civic affairs. He was director of the Washington Gas Light Company for many years, and served on many public and corporate boards, including the public utilities commission, zoning commission, board of public welfare, Boys Club of Washington, YWCA, Salvation Army, Group Hospitalization, Julius Garfinkel Company, and Brooks Brothers.

Scope and Content Note

The scrapbooks consist primarily of clippings that highlight Mr. Taliaferro’s activities while he was Commissioner of the District from 1926-1930.The scrapbooks also contain programs, letters, tickets, invitations, and other memorabilia regarding Herbert Hoover’s inauguration in 1929; original signed letters from President Hoover, Taliaferro, local D.C. officials, and citizen groups; and a number of programs and typewritten remarks/speeches of Mr. Taliaferro from social, political, and civic events in which he participated.

Box Inventory

Box 1

  • Volume 1, April 1927 thru May 1928

Box 2

  • Volume 2, May 1928 thru March 1930

Box 3 (rare items)

  • Signed letter from Herbert Hoover, Nov. 9, 1928
  • Inaugural Ceremonies program, March 4, 1929
  • Inaugural invitation, March 4, 1929
  • Signed letter from Charles Edison on stationary “From the Lab of Thomas A. Edison,” June 5, 1929
  • Original letters from Hoover, Hoover’s staff, citizens, etc., 1929-1930
  • Signed letters from Taliaferro, February 1930
DC Public Library, Special Collections
D.C. Community Archives
901 G St. NW, Room 307
Washington, D.C.  20001

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