National Rifles Scrapbooks Collection, 1880-1899

National Rifles Scrapbooks Collection, 1880-1899

Finding Aid

Collection No. 51
D.C. Community Archives


The scrapbooks were donated to Washingtoniana in 1929 by Mr. and Mrs. Evans. This information was found in the Washingtoniana Division Daybook for Nov. 5, 1929.


The National Rifles, an independent company of the D.C. Militia, was organized in 1859 in the wake of John Brown’s raid. It was the first company of citizen troops ordered into the Civil War in 1861.

A few years after the War, the militia disbanded or merged with other troops. The National Rifle Armory was located on G Street between 9th and 10th at the site of the current Mather Building, directly across from the MLK Library. Members of the company formed a veteran’s organization to hold annual reunions, fairs, soirees, dinners, and other events to commemorate the anniversary of their founding and military service.  

Scope and Content Note

The scrapbooks contain clippings, invitations, programs, memorabilia, handwritten and typewritten letters, ledgers, receipts, meetings minutes, and a few copies of Canteen, the daily record of the National Rifles and an oversized poster for the July 4th Military Celebration in St. Louis, Mo.

Also included is a box of cabinet card images of uniformed members of the National Rifles. Notes on the back of the photographs indicate that the images came from the Evans Collection in November 1929.  

Related Collections

There are seven portraits in the Washingtoniana Historic Image Collection of men in uniform, including John Evans, however there is no indication that they were apart of the Evans Collection. They were, however, housed with the Evans Collection images. All portraits from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the Cartes de visite and cabinet card portraits collection on Dig DC

Box Inventory

Box 1

  • Scrapbook, 1880-1885

Box 2

  • National Rifles Fair Scrapbook, 1885

Box 3

  • Scrapbook, 1885-1895

Box 4

  • Scrapbooks, 1895-1899

Box 5

Name Historic Image Collection Negative #
Acker, G. N. 855
Barksdale, William H. 852
Blois, J. F. H. 845
Boteler, W. P. 849
Bowers, H. C. 854
Brooks, Charles W. 7750   
Burkart, Frank A. 850
Burkart, Frederick W. 851
Burnside, J. O. P.  825
Choate, Warren R., Jr. 826
Clear, James H.  828
Colladay, W. 827
Constant, Robert E. 823
Ellis, W. K. 797
Fonda, Charles B. 715
Fox, James C. 716
Garner, T. A. 685  
Geneste, Leon D. 684
Green, A. J. 1893 686
Holmes, Lewis 951
Howell, J. W. 952
Keech, W. C. 1021
Moore, Robert E. N/A
Oyster, J. F. 489
Paige, C. H. 1882 1253
Paige, C. H. 1197
Sayles, Arthur U. N/A
Simms, C. E. N/A
Simms, C. E. N/A
Stokes, George W. N/A
Stone, O. P. D. 1881 N/A
Taylor, C. McC. 1889 N/A
Taylor, George W. N/A
Unknown 492
Warner, C. H. N/A
Williams, Sherman 1285
Woodley, Will T. 1282
Zantizinger, D.  1881 1482 

Oversized folder

  • Poster for July 4th military celebrations in St. Louis 

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Washington, D.C.  20001

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