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Service Alert

The Anacostia Library will be closed from Monday, July 22 - Sunday, Aug. 4 for a scheduled facilities project. Learn more on the Anacostia Library page.

Our staff are here to help navigate the archive. Appointments are encouraged so we can prepare for your visit, but you can also walk-in during our open hours.

Because some of our materials are rare or fragile, we have special guidelines. No materials can be checked out. Visitors must place all belongings, except electronic devices, pencils, and paper, in a locker. No food or drink is permitted.

The People‚Äôs Archive staff can help by phone or email, but in-depth research often requires an onsite visit. 

Research Guides

Learn more about conducting research at The People's Archive by viewing the video and our research guides.


See a few of our research guides listed below. 


Ancestry Library Edition

Genealogy 101

DC Neighborhood History Guides

Audiences: All Ages
Type: Research