This guide offers search strategies and overviews of resources for researching Washington, D.C., sites and structures using Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division's holdings that complement a variety of resources both within the Library of Congress and at other institutions that support the study of buildings in Washington, D.C.
Humanities Council of Washington, DC's online collection of documentary films, oral histories, and other materials of great cultural and historic significance to the District of Columbia. Many of the materials are grantee products that can be difficult or even impossible to find elsewhere. The collection consists of over 800 items, many of which are searchable in this online catalog. Most of the item pages include links to downloadable files or videos on HCTV, the Humanities Council's Youtube Channel. (HCTV link below)
Great source for:
District of Columbia Ward Information
Historic Landmark and District Information
Historic Preservation Review Board
Downloadable Ward Maps
Downloadable Historic District Maps
More Downloadable Maps
(Closed for renovation- see DigDC link below) For over 100 years, the Washingtoniana Division (now part of Special Collections) of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library has collected materials relating to the history and development of Washington, DC. Collection includes books, maps, documents, photos, as well as over one million images and clippings from the Washington Star newspaper.
Of special interest to DC studies: Genealogy & Local History Reading Room, Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room and the Geography & Map Division Also primary sources for DC: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/states/dc/index.html
As one of Howard University's major research facilities, the MSRC collects, preserves, and makes available for research a wide range of resources chronicling the Black experience. The is among the world's largest and most comprehensive repositories for the history and culture of people of African descent in Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world.
Brief histories of historic neighborhoods. Neighborhood Walking Tours & Trails - Cultural Tourism DC Self-guided walking routes marked with illustrated signs that tell stories of Washington’s historic neighborhoods. Website includes information on the neighborhoods.
Project of The Urban Institute and National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership includes data on D.C. neighborhoods — population, race, ethnicity, income, poverty, employment, education, public assistance, single-parent families, low weight and teen births, income, housing, crime and more designed for community organizations.
Free weekly newspaper print and online. City Paper is known for stories about the city and its surroundings, with a preference for narratives with a conflict of some sort at the center. We publish a variety of journalistic genres, including profiles, investigative pieces, polemical essays, and stories about local institutions. They don't publish op-ed material, fiction, poetry, stories about news conferences or demonstrations, or service journalism about 12 great places to get espresso after midnight. Nor are we much interested in the sort of celebrity-worshiping journalism that lards the pages of Washingtonian and Vanity Fair.