Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

Category Archives: historical research

How HathiTrust is better than Google Books

Describing how the Library of Congress researcher card provides access to important resources (https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/2020/02/24/unexpected-uses-of-your-library-of-congress-researcher-card-hathitrust-digital-library/) raises the question of why and in what way are those resources valuable–and worth using rather … Continue reading

February 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Unexpected uses of your Library of Congress researcher card — Hathitrust Digital Library

To use materials held by the Library of Congress, the District of Columbia’s only public research library, readers (users/patrons) must register for a reader card. It is simple and painless … Continue reading

February 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

Non-mysterious Washington DC street names/naming

Recently published articles make much of the mystery behind the naming of Oklahoma Avenue: https://www.enidnews.com/news/state/oklahoma-avenue-thrives-despite-mysterious-history/article_07675fc8-7a66-5744-ac15-763d2d2b6d33.html and https://nondoc.com/2019/09/27/oklahoma-avenue-mysterious-history/ Frankly this is just silly–it’s never been a mystery or insoluble*. Between 1893 … Continue reading

October 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Pamela Scott – Interview with a Washington DC History Author – “Creating Capitol Hill: Place, Proprietors, and People”

Creating Capitol Hill: Place, Proprietors, and People. US Capitol Historical Society, 2018. Tell us about the book. Antiquarian Charles Carroll Carter, political historian William C. di Giacomantonio, historian-cartographer Don Alexander … Continue reading

July 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Update on the District of Columbia’s Archives and Public Records Office -Spring 2018

Progress continues at the DC Archives and Public Records Office on a number of fronts. Sarah LeClair has joined the staff as an archivist. Move planning continues: OPR has a … Continue reading

June 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

News for the Community: Origins of Washington’s Neighborhood Newspaper Tradition

News for the Community: Origins of Washington’s Neighborhood Newspaper Tradition By Matthew B. Gilmore* http://intowner.com/2018/04/29/news-for-the-community-origins-of-washingtons-neighborhood-newspaper-tradition/ Hill Rag, the Georgetowner, Northwest Current (and more recent targeted Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, and Dupont editions), the Southwester, and The InTowner itself (and … Continue reading

April 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

News for the Capital and the Nation: Politics and Washington’s Daily Newspapers

What Once Was News for the Capital and the Nation: Politics and Washington’s Daily Newspapers PUBLISHED: MARCH 21ST, 2018 Full column here: http://intowner.com/2018/03/21/news-for-the-capital-and-the-nation-politics-and-washingtons-daily-newspapers/ Click this to find our archive of What … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · 1 Comment

National Archives DC court records followup

For original issue see: http://intowner.com/2017/08/03/national-archives-and-district-of-columbia-records/ Here’s the National Archives response: Statement on Status of DC Records from the National Archives PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2017 The National Archives, our nation’s record … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Online Washington DC history resources – City directories online

A list Link here More: 1822 directory – first Washington directory 1846 – Washington directory an national register — another copy 1846 Hathi 1850 – The Washington directory, and Congressional and executive register, … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Washingtoniana re-opens (by appointment) at the Newseum on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Visit During the three-year modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Washingtoniana archival materials are available by appointment at the Library of Congress. Due to renovations of the … Continue reading

September 7, 2017 · Leave a comment