DC Militia Scrapbook Collection, 1890-1906

DC Militia Scrapbook Collection, 1890-1906

Finding Aid

Collection No. 68 (3.75 Linear Feet)
D.C. Community Archives


Gilbert Thompson donated the scrapbooks to the DC Public Library in 1907.


House Resolution 9068, entered into the United States Congress on April 2, 1888, established the volunteer militia of D.C. as the National Guard of the District of Columbia, but the D.C. Militia’s history goes back to the Revolutionary War. A notable member of the D.C. Militia is Francis Scott Key.

The D.C. Militia participated in the War of 1812, various Indian Wars, the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. The militia also fought in the first and second World Wars, Korea and Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, the defense of Washington on Sept. 11, 2001, and the Iraq War.

Included among the D.C. Militia were the Engineer Battalion and the National Rifles.  

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of three scrapbooks that contain information regarding the D.C. Militia (National Guard) Engineer Battalion.  Materials included in the scrapbooks include:
clippings from Washington, D.C. and national newspapers correspondence
programs flyers
maps blueprints
photographs (the photographs have been interleaved with acid-free buffer paper)
Although the scrapbooks are labeled as “1890-1898,” the materials in the scrapbooks extend to 1906. Each scrapbook also contains notes at the beginning regarding the content of the materials contained within.  


There are no restrictions to this collection.

Related Collections

See also:
  • The National Rifles Scrapbook Collection, #51, D.C. Community Archives, Washingtoniana, MLK Library.

Box List

Box 1

Volume 1  August 1890-December 1893 

Box 2

Volume 2 January 1894-April 29, 1897   

Box 3

Volume 3 April 29, 1897-1906
Compiled by Ryan P. Semmes, August 2006

DC Public Library, Special Collections
D.C. Community Archives
901 G St. NW, Room 307
Washington, D.C.  20001

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