Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

Evening research locations in Washington DC (and Saturdays)

Library of Congress Locations for doing historical research in the evening in Washington are very few. The Library of Congress is the major one. Notably the reading rooms open late … Continue reading

April 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

DC Surveyor Office maps online

Now accessible from home. USE the manual: SurDocs Manual It is a very difficult and intimidating system to navigate–you need your square and lot–so you should know the whole history … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Past Planning for the Future: DC’s 1950 Comprehensive Plan …

… or, Planning Atomic-Age Washington PUBLISHED: APRIL 10TH, 2017 Click this to find our archive of What Once Was articles. Tip: Click any image in the article to view that … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Georgetown Becomes Colonial — Reborn at 200: Georgetown’s 1951 Bicentenary Celebration

Georgetown Becomes Colonial — Reborn at 200: Georgetown’s 1951 Bicentenary Celebration PUBLISHED: MARCH 14TH, 2017 http://intowner.com/2017/03/14/georgetown-becomes-colonial-reborn-at-200-georgetowns-1951-bicentenary-celebration/ By Matthew B. Gilmore* For three days in 1951, between April 12th and 14th, … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Public Washington DC history resources – NARA – DC City Directories (paper)

The National Archives (I) at Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets NW https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington  is a superb public institution for researching Washington DC history. Contrary to perception it is not … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Irish Washington DC – some sources -updated for 2017

Irish Washington DC originally here: https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/bibliography-irish-washington-dc/ St. Patrick’s Day in Washington DC in 1854. Old St. Patrick’s Church, 10th & F Sts., N.W. [LC-DIG-npcc-28305 / LC-F8122- 44637 [P&P]] New St. Patrick’s Church, … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Public Washington DC history resources – NARA – DC Building Permits

The National Archives (I) at Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets NW https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington  is a superb public institution for researching Washington DC history. Contrary to perception it is not … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Whither Washingtoniana–closes this week for three years…

… at least. Assuming there are no construction project overruns. Get your last research in this week! No materials from the collection will be made available for at least several … Continue reading

February 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Whither Washingtoniana – Future floorplans

Here are images from the plans that DC Public Library submitted to the Commission of Fine Arts, showing the new Washingtoniana Reading Room design. Note there is an equivalent size space on … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sesqui-what? Truman Throws a Party for Washington

Sesqui-what? Truman Throws a Birthday Party for Washington, the National Capital By Matthew B. Gilmore* Full article here: http://intowner.com/2017/02/02/sesqui-what-truman-throws-a-party-for-washington/ In 1948 President Harry Truman announced the National Capital Sesquicentennial Celebration to … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · Leave a comment