Metro Photograph Collection, 1971 – 1997

Metro Photograph Collection, 1971 – 1997

Finding Aid

Collection No. P16
D.C. Community Archives


There is no deed of gift and it is uncertain as to how the library acquired these photographs. There is a handwritten note on the original housing, which indicates that they were a gift from Metro, but no date or any other information could be found. The term “Metro” refers to the city’s subway and bus system, and is short for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 25 8"x10" and 5"x7" black-and-white prints. The majority of the images illustrate the construction of various subway stations and tunnels throughout the city. A few images show finished stations and the operation of Metro train cars. One image shows a Metrobus.


WMATA was formed on November 6, 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson signed the bill creating the authority. Ground was broken on the construction of the first station, Judiciary Square, on December 9, 1969 with 4.2 mile Phase 1 opening to the public on March 27, 1976.

Processing Procedures

The images were removed from their original housing. Each image was assigned a number and placed in an individual polypropylene sleeve. The images were then placed in an acid-free folder and stored in an archival storage box. The box was then placed in the D.C. Community Archives for long-term storage.


There are no restrictions on viewing this collection and all photographs are in the “public domain,” therefore there are no restrictions on reproduction. Reproductions should appear with the proper attribution indicating that the photograph is housed in the Metro Photograph Collection and indicate that they appear “courtesy of Washingtoniana, DC Public Library.”

Image List

1. Union Station Station  Nov. 11, 1973
2. MCI Arena Station Oct. 8, 1997
3. MCI Arena Station April 22, 1996
4. Union Station Station  July 5, 1973
5. Farragut Square Station  Nov. 8, 1971
6. Fort Totten Station Sept. 27, 1991
7. Georgia Avenue – Petworth Station Jan. 29, 1997
8. Shady Grove Station (3 copies) Apil 28, 1987
9. L’Enfant Plaza construction     ca. 1980
10. Gallery Place Station February 1971
11. Gallery Place Station March 11, 1972
12. Stadium Armory Station ca. 1980
13. Anacostia Station March 20, 1987
14. Green Line Tunnel Work  May 9, 1985
15. Tunnel Work Sept. 17, 1980
16. Rhode Island Avenue Station May 17, 1979
17. Rhode Island Avenue Station (3 copies) May 7, 1980
18. Train Operator (2 copies)  July 1, 1977
19. Articulated Bus at Jefferson Memorial Aug. 26, 1983
Prepared by Mark S. Greek, Photo Archivist, May 2006

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

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