Washingtoniana at Van Ness is closed today due to HVAC issues. We apologize for the inconvenience, and are working diligently with our partners for a quick and efficient solution. We are monitoring the collection to ensure its safety and integrity.
Special Collections recently acquired the Underground (which became the Washington Independent) newspaper collection from Francesco DiBaggio, the son of the newspaper’s creator — writer and journalist, Thomas DiBaggio. The paper, which was hand-distributed on the American University campus, was unique for its "free range" criticism, offering a variety of perspectives within its pages.
In order to improve access during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library modernization, we've expanded walk-in hours to match our open hours:
Sunday & Monday: ClosedTuesday & Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.Wednesday & Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.First and third Saturdays of each month: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Now that Washingtoniana has settled into its new interim location, we'd like to invite groups of educators and students from around the city to visit and discover all that our division has to offer. Our collections contain a number of resources that may be useful in the classroom or for specific research projects, such as:
Books on DC history
Vertical files and newspapers
Building permits and directories
Genealogy and house history resources
October marked the 75th anniversary of the historic Barnett Aden Gallery. Founded by Alonzo Aden and James V. Herring of Howard University and located at 127 Randolph Place NW, it was the first privately-owned black gallery in the United States. The gallery featured the works of artists such as Alma Thomas, Elizabeth Catlett, Lois Mailou Jones and Aaron Douglas.
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Washingtoniana is a special collection that houses an array of resources and materials from the late 18th Century to the present, with a primary focus on local D.C. history. It is a reference collection, meaning the materials are not available for check out.