Special Collections Access & Services

Special Collections Access & Services

During the MLK Library Modernization

Collections available at Washingtoniana at Van Ness

The following collections will be available for use during walk in hours. Please request an appointment if you would like collections pulled before your visit by e-mailing wash.dcpl@dc.gov or calling (202)727-1213.  

  • Evening Star Photo Collection by subject

  • DC Historical Image Collection 

  • Vertical Files 

  • Book Collection - Washingtoniana books focusing on neighborhoods and not duplicated at the Historical Society are accessible. To see the selected titles, go to the catalog at dclibrary.org and check "Washingtoniana Library" under Library.

  • Microfilm
    • ​Historic Building Permits (1877-1949)
    • City directories (1822-1973)
    • Haines Criss-Cross directories (1974-present)
    • Telephone directories (1907-present)
    • Historic D.C. Newspapers
    • Tax assessments (1874-2010) and Lusk’s sales directories are accessible.
  • Genealogy Materials - Print resources and D.C. marriage records (microfiche) are accessible.

Collections Available by Request

The following collections will be available for use by appointment only. Request an appointment by e-mailing archives.dcpl@dc.gov or calling (202)727-2272. Please allow three days for transporting collections to our Van Ness location. 

Collections available at the Peabody Room

See collections available at the Peabody Room on Archives Space. 

The Black Studies Center

Select books from Black Studies Center are available for check out at Woodridge Neighborhood Library