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Legends & Lore DC Book Discussion Series

History of Rock Creek Park by Scott Einberger

Do you enjoy reading about hometown Washington, D.C.?

Shirley Chisholm

The Giants Before Hillary

Hillary Rodham Clinton, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee stands on the shoulders of Giants. Women fought for political rights centuries before Clinton.Their struggles speak to the political and sexist variances that have occurred within the 20th and 21st centuries. The positive moments of progressive equality for women’s rights are simply that, moments. Demanding that these moments become permanent fixtures in the lives of all women is what Shirley Chisholm stressed. 

Stereoview of women of the Food Administration promoting food conservation on the homefront during World War I

Library's Oldest Historic Photographs Digitized

Unique Portraits and 3D Views of District Landmarks in Dig DC

DC Public Library Special Collections is pleased to announce the digitization of its collection of stereoviews, cartes de visite, and cabinet cards. These unique photographic formats from the late 19th and early 20th century include many of the oldest photographic portraits and views of the district in the library’s collection and are now available for research and reuse in Dig DC.

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Legends & Lore DC Book Discussion Series

Mrs. Lincoln's Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini

Do you enjoy reading about hometown Washington, D.C. history?  Cleveland Park Library has a local book discussion series! For June, we will be reading Mrs. Lincoln's Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini.  The novel is about Kate Chase Sprague who was a prominent hostess in Washington society during the Civil War era.

Red Cross Parade, May 18, 1918 - DC Public Library Special Collections, Willard R. Ross Postcard Collection

Explore Turn-of-the-Century Washington in Dig DC

700+ historic photos added to the Willard R. Ross Postcard Collection

Over 700 historical photo-postcards by Willard R. Ross have been added to Dig DC, DC Public Library's home for digitized archival materials.  The Willard R. Ross Postcard Collection now includes 1,100 images of Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas from the 1910s to 1930s.

Quicksilver Times

Unicorn Times and Quicksilver Times Digitized

Two Historical Independent Cultural Newspapers Now in Dig DC

DC Public Library's collections of the independent newspapers Unicorn Times and Quicksilver Times have been digitized and are now available in Dig DC.  Together, these two publications are a rich resource for researching the political, cultural and musical underground of Washington, D.C. from 1970 to 1985.

Join the Oral History Edit-athon!

Bring oral histories to life

Dive into the history of our city and revive decades' worth of oral histories from the Library's Special Collections in this unique three-hour workshop on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m. You'll learn the basics of working with oral histories while cutting a raw interview from the March on Washington 50th Anniversary Oral History Project into a short, engaging piece to share with the whole world. 

Seventy New Maps Added to Growing Collection in Dig DC

Historic D.C. Maps from the Civil War to the Turn of the Century

New Maps Online at Dig DC

A Century of Historic Washington, DC Maps: 1760s to the Civil War

NEW Digitized Collection: Dr. Darrell Clayton Crain Jr. Photograph Collection

Local medical doctor captures pictures spanning four decades in DC and abroad

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