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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

Spectator at Home Rule hearing, 1972, from the Washington Evening Star

New oral history collections added to Dig DC

DC Public Library is proud to announce the publication of three new oral histories in Dig DC, the online portal to DCPL Special Collections.  The collections include:   Milepost to Self-Government Oral History -  first person accounts of the quest for DC Home Rule from leaders of the fight for self-government

Archival Image of the Gay Liberation Task Force

Collecting LGBTQ History

A panel discussion

Join us for a special panel discussion on the importance of collecting LGBTQ materials and the preservation of LGBTQ history and memory. Our panel will consist of a variety of specialists who focus on different aspects of LGBTQ history:   Derek Gray, Archivist in Special Collections, DC Public Library

Black, Copper,and Bright

Southwest Washington D.C. and the Civil War

A talk by C. R. Gibbs, Wednesday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m.

You are cordially invited to attend this talk about the role Southwest Washington, D.C. played in the Civil War presented by noted historian C. R. Gibbs. A question-and-answer period will follow.

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Rainbow History Project

Collecting and preserving D.C.'s LGBT history

The Rainbow History Project is the archive for preserving the city’s LGBT history and memory. Join member and advocate Vincent Slatt as he presents on the Rainbow History Project’s digital and physical collections, including its oral history project, recent acquisitions and collecting efforts.   We'll meet in the Southeast Library's meeting room.

Antique photo of boat on C&O Canal

'The Grand Old Ditch'

The past, present, and future of the C&O Canal

Judith Welles, a Canal Trust Board member and local history author, will provide historic highlights and photographs of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, including the canal’s role in the Civil War, in a talk to be held Wednesday, June 10, at 7 p.m.