Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

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

Whither Washingtoniana?–collection closes July 7, 2017 at the Carnegie Library building!

Washingtoniana will close its doors at the Carnegie Library on July 7, 2017. Preparations for construction of the (fast-tracked) Apple global flagship store, as described here: http://intowner.com/2017/06/14/plans-for-major-rehab-enhanced-use-of-historic-carnegie-library-building-now-moving-forward/  are due to begin. … Continue reading

June 29, 2017 · 1 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 · 1 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 · 1 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

Whither Washingtoniana? Plans sketched, concerns rebuffed, closing March 4

MLK Library is slated to closed March 4, 2017 for three years at least. Planned is a final design meeting, Thursday, Feb. 2. 2017 at 6:30 p.m. (location not yet announced). … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

November 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

Whither Washingtoniana? NCPC waves through the MLK Library proposal

MLK Library review starts at 2:52:00 (almost 3 hours into the video) 3:08:00 for Special Collections (barely a mention) NCPC approved Preliminary AND Final review.    

October 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Whither Washingtoniana? MLK Library Design Update City-wide community meetings

This from the DC Public Library: “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 … Continue reading

October 9, 2016 · Leave a 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