Washington As It Was, 1923-1959, features Washington, D.C. as a developing urban center. The images highlight the architecture of government, industrial, commercial, and residential buildings and chronicle Washington's social and cultural life through photographs of its events, clubs, organizations, embassies, museums, galleries, and libraries.
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These online exhibits provide context and additional information about this collection.
These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.
- Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
- Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930
- The Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945
- Postwar United States, 1945-early 1970s
Related Collections and Exhibits
- American Life Histories, 1936-1940
- Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America, 1935-1955
- FSA/OWI Photographs, 1935-1945
- Panoramic Maps, 1847-1929
- Taking the Long View, 1851-1991
- Temple of Liberty: Building the Capitol for a New Nation
- Touring Turn-of-the-Century America, 1880-1920
Recommended additional sources of information.
Specific guidance for searching this collection
For help with search words, go to the Washington As It Was Subject Index.
For help with general search strategies, see Finding Items in American Memory.