Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

What Once Was: Naming Washington Neighborhoods

References and Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore and Michael R. Harrison. “A Catalog of Suburban Subdivisions of the District of Columbia, 1854-1902.” Washington History, Vol. 14, No. 2, Commemorating the Centennial of the McMillan Plan, Part II (Fall/Winter, 2002/2003), pp. 26-55 https://matthewbgilmore.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/catalogofsuburban40073520.pdf

Priscilla W. McNeil. “Rock Creek Hundred: Land Conveyed for the Federal City.”  Washington History, Vol. 3, No. 1, Special Bicentennial Issue: Washington D.C.,1791-1991 (Spring/Summer, 1991), pp. 34-51

Maryland State Archives. MSA SC 6131: Priscilla W. McNeil Survey Research Collection – A study of Maryland surveys and patents (1662-1800) on land given for the District of Columbia, with index of patent names, transcriptions from land records, and survey drawings.

Over the years, as explained in The Maryland State Archives Atlas of Historical Maps of Maryland 1608-1908 by Edward C. Papenfuse, Maryland’s boundaries have shrunk and lands formerly encompassed in the Charter to Lord Baltimore of June 20, 1632, are now located in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Index 55, LAND RECORDS (Patents, Tract Index), lists tracts of land, indexed by tract name, that are now located in the District of Columbia, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Maps of Washington City Wards.  https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/maps-of-city-of-washington-wards-1801-1871/

Matthew B. Gilmore, Joshua Olsen. Foggy Bottom and the West End in Vintage Images. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2010.

George R. Brown. Washington. A Not too Serious History. Norman, 1930.

Samuel Clagett Busey. Pictures of the City of Washington in the Past. – Washington (D.C.) W. Ballantyne & sons, 1898


Jack Nicas. “As Google Maps Renames Neighborhoods, Residents Fume.” New York Times,  Aug. 2, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/02/technology/google-maps-neighborhood-names.html

Nena Perry-Brown. “Did Google Maps Rename Your Neighborhood?” August 7, 2018 https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/did-google-maps-rename-your-neighborhood/14282

Charles R. Burr. “A Brief History of Anacostia, Its Name, Origin and Progress” Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Volume 23.

Tanya Edwards Beauchamp (1996) Revised by Kimberly Prothro Williams (2006) DC Office of Planning. “Anacostia Historic District” https://planning.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/op/publication/attachments/Anacostia_Historic_Brochure_0.pdf

Boyd’s Directory of The District 0f Columbia, 1913.

Ed Hatcher. “Washington’s Nineteenth-Century Citizens’ Associations and the Senate  Park Commission Plan.” Washington History, Vol. 14, No. 2, Commemorating the Centennial of the McMillan Plan, Part II (Fall/Winter, 2002/2003), pp. 70-95.

C. Harold Gray “Washington, the Planned City, Is Really a Collection of Old Villages” Washington Post – May 30, 1937.

Glover Park History – Historical Sketches of Glover Park, Upper Georgetown, and Georgetown Heights by Carlton Fletcher – Maps [Maps, plats and diagrams, illustrating various aspects of the development of Georgetown Heights, Upper Georgetown, and Glover Park.]



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