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Matthew B. Gilmore

Whither Washingtoniana? rumored plans

Something to bring to the November 9 community meeting at MLK Library at 6:30 p.m.

A few rumors indicate several access points are planned:

Georgetown’s Peabody Room, the Library of Congress, and the Historical Society, with most kept in storage. Library of Congress service point would provide the widest access.


No idea how “collections” are really disposed or what would be accessible at what location, not what kind of intellectual (online/card catalog) access would be available.

Collections include:

  • books–open stacks
  • books–closed stacks
  • books, etc.–uncataloged
  • microfilm
  • archival materials
  • vertical files — 80 file cabinets
  • maps
  • atlases
  • periodicals
  • newspapers
  • Star photograph morgue–collection of 1 million plus
  • Historic photograph collectiosns–80,000 + images

What percentage of any of this would be available is unknown, but issues easily apparent simply looking at this list.

Much (40%) of the collection is not listed in the online catalog, so the card catalogs need to be accessible.

“The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, at 901 G St. NW, will have a major modernization to meet the current and future needs of D.C. residents. The building, designed by modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, was designated an historic landmark in 2007.

Proposed Design | Regulatory Review | Library Building Program
Interim Library | Community Engagement
Architect Selection | Project Background

The $208 million modernization is lead by the world-reknown design team of Martinez + Johnson Architecture and Mecanoo. The library is scheduled to close for modernization in 2017 and will re-open in 2020.

The Library will host a Community Meeting, 

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m. at MLK Library.

  • Come see the latest designs
  • Learn about the project timeline and plans for library services during construction


DC Public Library is hosting a series of community meetings around the city to share the latest information about the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

  • See the latest designs
  • Hear about the project timeline
  • Learn about city-wide library services during construction

Wednesday, Nov. 9
6:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street NW

One comment on “Whither Washingtoniana? rumored plans

  1. Maggie Hobbs
    November 16, 2016

    Please keep me informed.


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This entry was posted on November 4, 2016 by in DC History, History, Library of Congress, Washington DC historians, Washingtoniana.
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