New Maps Online at Dig DC

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New Maps Online at Dig DC

A Century of Historic Washington, DC Maps: 1760s to the Civil War

DC Public Library Special Collections is proud to announce the release of a century of historic Washington, DC maps in Dig DC, the online portal to DCPL Special Collections. These maps cover the District of Columbia and the region from the 1760s to the Civil War. To see them, head on over to the Maps: City & Regional collection on Dig DC!

Some highlights of the rare maps in this collection include:  

The library has digitized nearly 250 historic maps from the Washingtoniana Map Collection and is currently working to bring all of these maps online for global public access and research. These digitized maps will be released in chronological phases. Next up -- Washington, DC from the Civil War to the Turn of the Century!

In other map news, three new sets of Hopkins’ Real Estate Atlases were recently added to the Real Estate Plat Book Collection on Dig DC. The latest additions include:

These real estate atlases are not only beautiful - they have enormous research value. Plat maps convey important information about a property, such as the footprint, lot and building dimensions, and material. These maps can help you find old lot numbers, street names, and subdivision names. Studying plat maps over time gives a sense of the gradual development of neighborhoods and shows what existed before the current homes and buildings were built.

The Real Estate Plat Book Collection on Dig DC also includes four previously digitized real estate plat books from 1874 to 1892.

For more information about the historic map collection in Washingtoniana, please see the Washingtoniana Map Collection web page from Special Collections.