DC Public Library's Special Collections

DC Public Library's Special Collections

Our mission is to collect, preserve and provide access to collections and materials of historical importance documenting the social, cultural and political life of the District of Columbia; and connect the community to its history and culture through creative engagement and public programming.

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  • Digital Collections: Dig DC houses all of our digitized Special Collections materials; including maps, photos, postcards, pamphlets, historic newspapers, and web archives.  
  • DC Community Archives: Our archives include personal papers, business and organizational records, photographs, and ephemeral items that document local DC history and culture.  
  • Washingtoniana Collection: A variety of special materials including reference books, microfilm, and maps on the history of local life in Washington DC. 
  • Black Studies: Select books are available at Woodridge Library.
  • Peabody Room: Located on the top floor of Georgetown Library, the Peabody Room holds materials related to Georgetown history.
  • Donation guidelines.

See below for guides on our resources.