D.C. Police Department Scrapbooks, 1939-1948

D.C. Police Department Scrapbooks, 1939-1948

Finding Aid

Collection No. 69 (3 Linear Feet)
D.C. Community Archives


It is unknown as to whether these scrapbooks were maintained by the D.C. Police Department or by the staff of the DC Public Library.  


In 1790, the Federal City was established out of land ceded from Maryland and Virginia. For the next 10 years, the Federal City was policed by law enforcements officers from those two states. In 1802, the city was given the power to enforce its own laws, although this was to be accomplished with only 15 officers. In 1861, the Metropolitan Police Department was established and continues to this day.  The first arrest under the Metropolitan Police Department was for a charge of intoxication (Source: Metropolitan Police Department Website: Brief History of the MPDC).

Scope and Content Note

The four scrapbooks that make up this collection contain clippings, programs, and photographs documenting the successes and failures of the Metropolitan Police Department. Also included in these scrapbooks are clippings related to the King and Queen of England.


There are no restrictions to this collection.

Box List

Box 1

  • Scrapbook 1939-1941
  • Scrapbook 1941-1942

Box 2

  • Scrapbook 1946-1947
  • Scrapbook 1947-1948
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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