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U.S. Capitol. Photographic montage of people walking to U.S. Capitol.
U.S. Capitol. Photographic montage of people walking to U.S. Capitol.
Theodor Horydczak, photographer, circa 1920-1950.
Prints and Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:
LC-H814-T-2449 DLC

American Folklife Center

Folklife in Your State: District of Columbia

The District of Columbia has a richly diverse community including immigrant populations from many parts of the world. Because the American Folklife Center is located in Washington, DC, a number of its collections document the District's folklife and are readily available to District residents in the Folklife Reading Room. The District of Columbia's Local Legacies Projects, an exploration of local traditions and celebrations, and a concert Webcast from Reverb are available on the Center's Web page.

America's Library

America's Library is especially designed for kids and their families. The site contains rare and sometimes unusual items from the collections of the Library of Congress.

Explore the States: District of Columbia

Jump Back in Time

Abolition in the District of Columbia, April 16, 1862

Washington D.C., Became the Capital, July 16, 1790

The Cornerstone of the White House Was Laid, October 13, 1792

Digital Collections & Services

Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1836-1922 from more than 20 states and the District of Columbia.


American Treasures at the Library of Congress - The Nation's Capital

Contains L' Enfant's original plan of Washington, D.C., and early pictures of the Capitol and the White House.

Temple of Liberty: Building a Capitol for a New Nation

Online exhibition of original prints, drawings, and documents related to the construction of the U.S. Capitol.

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Bibliographies and Guides

U.S. State Poets Laureate

This site provides the names of all current state poets laureate of the United States. It also includes a history of the laureateship in each state, as well the District of Columbia, and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing of all prior state poets laureate. Included is information on the position of State Poet Laureate in the District of Columbia.

Law Library of Congress

The Guide to Law Online

Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information on U.S states and territories, including the District of Columbia.

Prints and Photographs Division

By Popular Demand: “Votes for Women” Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920

The Library of Congress staff selected this set of 38 images relating to woman suffrage from various files and collections in the Prints and Photographs Division and the Manuscript Division. Included are images of suffrage events that took place in Washington, D.C.

Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering

The Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering includes Biographies and essays on architectural themes which supplement the essays in Capital Drawings: Architectural Designs for Washington, D.C., from the Library of Congress, edited by C. Ford Peatross.

Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject headings United States--District of Columbia--Washington (D.C.) or District of Columbia--District of Columbia--Washington to find digital images related to Georgia, such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search in PPOC to locate additional images.

Washington, D.C., Sights Before 1850: A Select List of Images

A select list of early images of Washington, D.C., from the Prints and Photographs Reading Room.

Teachers Page

Features & Activities

Primary Sources by State

The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Click on the District of Columbia to view historic artifacts and cultural materials from the state.

Lesson Plans

Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local

Examine the interplay between national, state, local, and personal history. Students produce a digital collection of primary sources from their family or local community based on the collections in American Memory.

Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and Traditions

Students explore the local history of the community in which they live through written and spoken stories; through landmarks such as buildings, parks, restaurants, or businesses; and through traditions such as food, festivals and other events of the community or of individual families.

Local History: Mapping My Spot

Students create their town’s history for coming generations and place themselves on the map in a literal as well as figurative sense, by producing portions of an updated version of an early twentieth century panoramic map from the American Memory collections.

Veterans History Project

Veterans History Project Home Page

The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them. Browse the database by state of residence to locate veterans from the District of Columbia.


Capital Drawings: Architectural Designs for Washington, D.C.

"Capital Drawings: Architectural Designs for Washington, D.C., from the Library of Congress" was published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in association with the Library. Edited by C. Ford Peatross, the Library's curator of architecture, design and engineering collections in the Prints and Photographs Division, "Capital Drawings" features drawings for some of Washington's most important buildings, monuments and memorials as well as anonymous structures of everyday life and ambitious projects that were never built.

Freedom Rising: Washington in the Civil War

Historian and biographer Ernest B. Furgurson discussed his new book, which tells the story of how the Civil War transformed the nation's capital from a provincial city into one of America's most important cultural and social centers.

Hidden Washington: The Alley Communities of the Nation's Capital

The program brought to life the alley communities in Washington, D.C., where people lived, worked, played and worshiped.

Lincoln and Whitman: Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington

Daniel Epstein is a poet, dramatist and biographer with 12 books in print. Epstein has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and Prix de Rome from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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