Donating to Special Collections

Donating to Special Collections

Archival materials enable researchers to study and understand the history of our city. You, your family, and/or your organization have all contributed to the heritage of the District of Columbia; when you donate to a repository, you ensure that this history becomes a part of our community’s collective memory.
 
Do you have something to donate to the Archives? We welcome the opportunity to review your materials, and recommend reaching out before discarding or reorganizing any part of your collection. If materials fall outside of our collecting scope, we may refer you to another institution or repository. Please contact us at archives.dcpl@dc.gov or 202-727-2272. 
 
Materials may include: letters, diaries, photographs, organizational records, genealogical information, minutes, reports, films, speeches and articles. We seek items that document the social, cultural, and political life of the District, with particular emphasis on the following:

●  DC Home Rule/Statehood
●  Music, Art and Culture
●  LGBTQ history
●  Churches and Schools
●  Genealogy
●  Clubs, Societies and Businesses
●  Neighborhoods
●  Architecture and the Built Environment
●  Civil rights and Social Justice Movements
●  Ethnic and Immigrant Communities
 
Donors will be asked to sign a Deed of Gift, which formally signifies that the ownership of materials has been transferred to the library. We will oversee proper storage, handling and use of donated collections.

For more information on making a donation to a repository, visit the Society of American Archivists' donor education page.