Washingtoniana is Open!

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Washingtoniana is Open!

By Appointment at the Newseum Interim Location

Washingtoniana is now open by appointment at a new interim location in the Newseum office building! Contact staff to plan your visit and sign up for the Special Collections email list to receive announcements about interim services, events, and new collections.

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Research appointments may be scheduled Tuesdays, 12 - 7 p.m., and Wednesdays - Fridays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. In addition, appointments are available one Saturday per month, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m (October 3 and December 16).
Join us on selected Tuesday evenings for library resource workshops offered in collaboration with the Historical Society of Washington, DC. Register now at the links below to secure your spot! Workshops are open by registration only from 5:30 - 7 p.m. on the following Tuesdays:

Washingtoniana Interim Services

Washingtoniana is co-locating with the Historical Society of Washington, DC during the renovations of both the MLK and Carnegie Libraries. In addition to collections duplicated by the Historical Society (such as plat maps), Special Collections reference staff provide access to the following collections by appointment at our interim location at the Newseum:
  • Evening Star Photo Collection - All subject folders are accessible onsite. Biographical folders must be requested in advance. Contact staff for more details.
  • DC Historical Image Collection - Entire collection is accessible.
  • Vertical Files - All subject files are accessible.
  • 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.
  • Historic Building Permits (microfilm) - Permits from 1877 to 1949 are accessible.
  • Directories (microfilm) - City directories (1822-1973), Haines Criss-Cross directories (1974-present) and telephone directories (1907-present) are accessible.
  • Historic DC Newspapers (microfilm) - Historic local newspapers not available digitally are accessible on microfilm.
  • Tax assessment directories (microfilm) - Tax assessments (1874-2010) and Lusk’s sales directories are accessible.
  • Genealogy Materials - Print resources and DC marriage records (microfiche) are accessible.
Many Washingtoniana collections, such as plat maps, are duplicated at the Historical Society and may be accessed at the same time as your appointment with Washingtoniana staff. DC Punk Archive collections are now accessible by appointment in the Peabody Room at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library.
In addition to the new location at the Newseum, Washingtoniana’s archival collections and periodicals are available for public access (by appointment) at the Library of Congress Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room. Reference archivists are available via email and phone to schedule archival research appointments. The following collections may be retrieved from storage and delivered to the Library of Congress by request:
Service at the Peabody Room and 24/7 access to online resources at Dig DC remain available as usual. Please sign up for the Special Collections email list to receive announcements about interim services, events, and new collections.