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Collection Horydczak Collection

Background and Scope

The Theodor Horydczak Collection documents the architecture and social life of the Washington metropolitan area in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, including exteriors and interiors of commercial, residential, and government buildings, as well as street scenes and views of neighborhoods. A number of Washington events and activities, such as the 1932 Bonus Army encampment, the 1933 World Series, and World War II preparedness campaigns, are also depicted.

The photographer's daughter and son-and-law, Norma and Francis Reeves, presented the collection, consisting of more than 32,000 items, including approximately 17,450 black-and-white photographs, 14,000 negatives, and 1,500 color transparencies, to the Library of Congress in 1973. Approximately 14,350 digital images are included in this online collection.

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Business and Commerce

Theodor Horydczak, photographer. Potomac Electric Power Co. Building. PEPCO Building, day I
Potomac Electric Power Co. Building. PEPCO Building, day I

Memorial Bridge Construction

Theodor Horydczak, photographer. Construction of Memorial Bridge
Memorial Bridge. Construction of Memorial Bridge

Cherry Blossoms

Theodor Horydczak, photographer. Views of Washington Monument, cherry blossoms and Tidal Basin III
Washington Monument. Views of Washington Monument, cherry blossoms and Tidal Basin III

Washington D.C. in Color

Theodor Horydczak, photographer. Arlington National Cemetery. Amphitheater, tulip time III
Arlington National Cemetery. Amphitheater, tulip time III

People

Theodor Horydczak, photographer. Switchboard operator, Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co. Building. Switchboard operator, Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co.
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