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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.

George Derek Musgrove

Author Talk: George Derek Musgrove

Many books have been written about the politics and history of Washington, D.C. However the city's hometown aspect frequently is overlooked.

Rebecca B. Roberts photo

Author Talk: Rebecca Bogg Roberts

On March 3, 1913, a large procession of women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue with Capitol Hill as the backdrop. The Great Suffrage Parade was planned by Alice Paul, a prominent suffragist of the day. The parade was covered in the newspapers and many turned out to watch. Although events didn't go as planned that day, the Great Suffrage Parade was the first civil rights march to occur in the nation's capital.

In Resurrection City songbook by J. Edward Haycraft, signed

Poor People's Campaign Collection Online

Digitized for the 50th anniversary of the Campaign

The Library is pleased to announce that the Poor People's Campaign Collection has been added to Dig DC, your home for digital local history. The collection has been digitized in its entirety to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the campaign and Resurrection City.

Cover of the January 16, 1969 Washington Free Press, an illustration of a protest at the U.S. Capitol

Historic Washington Free Press 1967-1969 online

Digitized counterculture newspaper now available in Dig DC

DC Public Library Special Collections recently published The Washington Free Press Collection in Dig DC, the library's portal to digital local history archives. The collection contains issues of the underground newspaper the Washington Free Press published from 1967 to 1969.

Tenleytown mural

Tenleytown Mural

Have you seen the new Tenleytown mural? It’s on the northeast corner of Grant Road at Wisconsin Ave., NW on the wall of the oldest original building in Tenleytown. Take a look at the representations of area landmarks, and then come over to the library to learn more about the second-oldest village in Washington.

Native Gardens

Green Hedges Make Good Neighbors

A Reading List for Arena Stage's Native Gardens

Although DC is the City of Trees, we do not generally look at the plant life around when we tell the stories of our lives and our communities in the District. But gardens and plants often make for the best metaphors and signposts for understanding our relationships to each other and to the city that we inhabit. 

Race Class Politics Cappuccino City cover

Author Talk: Derek Hyra

In recent years, the Shaw/U Street neighborhood has experienced a dramatic transformation.What was once an open-air drug market has been replaced by new residential complexes and businesses. However, not everyone has benefited from the redevelopment in the neighborhood. Long-time residents and small businesses have moved out of the neighborhood or have had to adjust to the arrival of young, relatively wealthy newcomers.  With the changes from gentrification, what does it mean for the future of the Shaw/U Street neighborhood and the District?

Women's eight and coxswain on the water at the boathouse, circa 1920s

Potomac Boat Club Collection Digitized

Historic Georgetown rowing club photographs now online

The Potomac Boat Club Photograph Collection now online documents competitive and social events at the Georgetown rowing club from its 1869 founding through the late-20th century.  The collection, donated to the George Peabody Room Collection at Georgetown Neighborhood Library by the club in 2015, has been was digitized in its entirety.

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