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Aerial views of Washington, D.C.: Washington Monument; Federal Triangle in background
Aerial views of Washington, D.C.: Washington Monument; Federal Triangle in background.
Photo by Fairchild Aerial
Survey, Inc., N.Y.C.
[between 1930 and 1940]
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:

The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925

The hundred texts selected specifically for The Church in the Southern Black Community are primarily books, together with a few pamphlets and journal articles.

Duke Ellington's Washington

Duke Ellington's Washington was the social and cultural capital of Black America in the early twentieth century. This PBS web site examines the history of the African-American community in Washington, D.C., before the Harlem Renaissance.

The Emergence of Advertising in America, 1850-1920

Emergence of Advertising in America presents more than 9,000 images relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. Included are an advertisement for the Ford's Theatre and an exhibit in Washington entitled "Halls of the Ancient."

First-Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920

This collection documents the American South from the viewpoint of Southerners. The collection includes narratives of Washington, D.C., relating to the history of politics, social life and customs, and the Civil War.

The George Washington University and Foggy Bottom Historical Encyclopedia

The Encyclopedia seeks to capture 186 years of GW's achievements and over two centuries of Foggy Bottom history. As a source of accurate factual information, the Encyclopedia can be used by anyone interested in the history of GW or Foggy Bottom. The Encyclopedia is an ongoing, constantly growing, on line resource.

H-DC Discussion Network

The H-DC Discussion Network is a refereed, multi- and interdisciplinary discussion list that provides a means of communication and interaction for those who research, write, read, teach, collect, curate, and preserve Washington, D.C., history and culture.

Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920

The Historic American Sheet Music collection presents 3,042 pieces of sheet music. The collection includes "The Washington Waddle. 1911."

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

This site provides information about the Kiplinger Research Library, which has collections of books, pamphlets, photographs, maps, prints, archives, and manuscripts related to Washington's history.

Making of America Books

Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history primarily from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The book collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books with 19th century imprints.

National Park Service (NPS)

The fundamental purpose of the NPS is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such
means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations. The NPS provides highlights, statistics, and a list of national parks for the District of Columbia.

The United States Capitol Complex (Architect of the Capitol)

The United States Capitol Complex comprises the Capitol, the House and Senate Office Buildings, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Capitol Grounds, the Library of Congress buildings, the Supreme Court Building, the Capitol Power Plant, and various support facilities. The site includes a description of the Capitol, the surrounding buildings, and grounds.

The Washingtoniana Division, District of Columbia Public Library

The Washingtoniana Division, located in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, is the local history and current local information section of the D. C. Public Library. The Washingtoniana Division has the largest comprehensive collection of material on the District of Columbia, current and historical. The Division also has photographs and maps in its collection. This site contains information about Washington's local history, including resource guides and bibliographies.

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