Slide Image Collection

Slide Image Collection

Finding Aid

Collection No. P26
DC Community Archives

These were assembled from a variety of locations throughout Washingtoniana and each series has a different donor. For Series 1 there is no deed of gift and it is uncertain as to how the library acquired the majority of these slides. A few images do note photographer but it is uncertain if they donated the images.  Martin Mooney donated series 2 in 1995. Series 3 came to the library in 1996 as a gift of Lori Federman and Roy Watson donated series 4 circa 1990.
The collection consists of 217 slides assembled from various locations throughout the division. The images range from circa 1820 thru 1987 and cover a wide array of subjects. The topics include the Cherry Blossom Parade, Moscow Circus bears, Papal visit, federal buildings, street scenes, 1968 riots, Georgetown, urban planning and construction.
Slides were originally stored in various filing cabinets, folders and boxes throughout Washingtoniana. In 2005, many of the loose images, including slides were gathered together and permanent storage location was found for each image. It was decided that the slides would be moved to the DC Community Archives for long-term storage. The slides were combined with several other smaller slide collections. Each image was assigned a number and placed in an archival storage box. Numbers in thousand increments were used to distinguish between different series within the collection. A brief description, along with other data, was entered into an Access database. A printout of the database is attached and an electronic version is available on our website.
There are no restrictions on viewing the prints from collection. 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 Slide Image Collection and indicate that they appear “courtesy of the Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library.”

Series Descriptions

Series 1: Historic Image Collection (HIC), 149 Slides
In addition to twenty-one slides of various Washington, DC buildings and street scenes there are twenty-six images of Georgetown, nineteen of the development at 11th and G Street, NW, twenty-six of Union Station, nineteen illustrating the construction of the H Street bridge, thirteen of the crash of a police helicopter on the 700 block of Yuma Street, SE, and twenty-five showing the aftermath of the 1968 riots.
Series 2: Martin Mooney, 47 Slides
These images include nineteen slides of the Cherry Blossom parade, twenty of the Moscow Circus bear wedding on the National Mall, four of the altar for the Pope’s mass on the Mall, and four of an artist with his large sculpture of a boot.
Series 3: Lori Federman, 17 Slides
This series includes thirteen images of the US Treasury building and four of the White House.
Series 4: Roy Watson, 4 Slides
Four images of the development at Fort Lincoln.


Prepared by Mark S. Greek, Photo Archivist
August 2006

DC Public Library, Special Collections
D.C. Community Archives
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Washington, D.C.  20001

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