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D.C. Area Archives and Repositories

An introduction to archives and repositories in the Washington DC area.


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List of Public Library/Historical Society Repositories

     The DAR Library,  founded in 1896,  serves as one of the largest genealogical libraries in the country. The collection contains over 225,000 books, 10,000 research files, thousands of manuscript items, and nearly 40,000 family histories. In person visitation is allowed.

1776 D Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 628-177

    The DC History Center is a non-profit organization with a collection focused on history in the local DC area. There are a wide variety of materials including manuscripts, maps, yearbooks, ephemera, oral histories, photographs, postcards, and artwork. The DC History Center also holds the Records of the Columbia Historical Society which was later named the Historical Society of Washington DC.Non-circulating collections are located in the Kiplinger Research Center in the Carnegie Library building and are open by appointment only. 

DC History Center
801 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC
Library and Research Inquiries:
202-516-1363, Ext. 302

  • District of Columbia Public Library: the People’s Archive
        The local history resources for the DC public library is known collectively as the People’s Archive. The collections within the People’s Archive include Digital Collections, the DC Community Archives, the Washingtoniana Collection, Black Studies, and the Peabody Room. These collections offer great resources for local DC area history. Black Studies and Washingtoniana collections are located at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library while the Peabody Room is found in Georgetown Neighborhood Library.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. NW
Washington,  D.C.  20001

Georgetown Neighborhood Library
3260 R St. NW
Washington,  D.C.  20007

  • District of Columbia Archives
        The District of Columbia Archives contains the DC government records of historical value. Included in the records are birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, wills, land records, Board of Health minutes, Board of Commissioners reports, and many more.

1300 Naylor Court, NW 
Washington, DC  20001
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Contact Phone: (202) 671-1105