A Guide to Washington, D.C., Materials
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 is especially designed for kids and their
families. The site contains rare and sometimes unusual items
from the collections of the Library of Congress.
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
This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1836-1922 from more than 20 states and the District of Columbia.
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.
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.
Bibliographies and Guides
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.
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
American Photographs Assembled for 1900 Paris Exposition
The Paris Exposition of 1900 included a display devoted
to the history and "present conditions" of African
Americans. W. E. B. Du Bois and special agent Thomas J.
Calloway spearheaded the planning, collection and installation
of the exhibit materials, which included 500 photographs.
The collection contains more than 300
photographs compiled by Du Bois. Search this collection, using the terms Washington,
D.C. or Howard University to locate items
related to Washington, D.C.
for Architecture, Design and Engineering
The Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering includes
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.
and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject headings United
States--District of Columbia--Washington (D.C.) or
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.