Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

Category Archives: Research

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

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

AHA – Letter to Archivist of the US Concerning Discontinuing of Saturday Research Room Hours (July 2017)

Letter to Archivist of the US Concerning Discontinuing of Saturday Research Room Hours (July 2017) [NOTE: the posted announcement gave Ann Cummings ann.cummings@nara.gov at the contact to express concern. William … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · 5 Comments

Treasury Dept Collection of Confederate Records (RG 365) & the Civil War Special Agencies of the Treasury Dept (RG 366) moved to Archives I (downtown DC)

The Process: Moving RG 365 and 366 Records from Archives II to Archives I FROM: https://text-message.blogs.archives.gov/2017/05/16/the-process-moving-rg-365-and-366-records-from-archives-ii-to-archives-i/ Posted on May 16, 2017 by Netisha Today’s post was written by Amanda Landis and Ken … Continue reading

May 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Public Washington DC history resources – Library of Congress – DC City Directories (microfilm)

(–and paper) (and evening research hours) The Library of Congress is a superb public institution for researching Washington DC history. Contrary to perception it is not difficult to use, once you … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

Evening research locations in Washington DC (and Saturdays) – updated

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 · 1 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 · 2 Comments

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 · 1 Comment

Whither Washingtoniana – issue raised at the August 17 DCPL Board meeting

The issue of access to Washingtoniana collections while MLK Library is undergoing renovation was raised at the Board of Trustees meeting  August 17, 2016 in the public comments at the start of … Continue reading

August 19, 2016 · Leave a comment
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