The People’s Archive is DC Public Library’s local history center with materials on D.C. and African American history and culture.
901 G St. NW
4th Floor East
Washington, DC 20001
At this location
Our mission is to connect you to unique resources that illustrate the District of Columbia’s local history and culture. We are a home of discovery, where diverse stories - past and present - are preserved and amplified.
The People's Archive includes Washingtoniana, Black Studies, and the Peabody Room collections. Stay connected by subscribing to our monthly newsletter.
Search The People's Archive
Learn how to search our materials. Remember you can also ask our staff to help you search.
Overview of Collections
Learn more about selected collections, including the history of our department.
How The People's Archive is Used
See examples of books and videos created with research and materials from The People's Archive.
Donate to The People's Archive
Become a part of the story of Washington, D.C. We collect personal and organizational records documenting the social, political, and cultural life of Washington, D.C. We collect many formats - photographs, letters, flyers, and even websites.
Current focus areas include:
- Ethnic and Immigrant communities, especially Latina/o/x culture
- LGBTQ+ culture
- Social justice movements
Donations are reviewed by our selection committee, and pick up can be arranged. Please contact us with any questions.