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Call Number/Catalog Number DCPL Wash
Title DCPL Washingtoniana Collection at HSW@Newseum
Collection DCPL Washingtoniana Collection at HSW
Object Name Records
Description The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, D.C.’s central library, closed March 4, 2017 for three years to undergo a major modernization. During that time, parts of the Washingtoniana collection will be available at partner organizations, including the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Patrons requesting access to the DCPL Washingtoniana Collection at HSW should contact DCPL staff (wash.dcpl@dc.gov or 202-727-1213) to request an appointment in the interim reading room at the Newseum, noting specifically the material they are requesting to access and the requested appointment time. DCPL staff will respond to the request as promptly as possible.

Specifically, the DCPL Washingtoniana Collection at HSW comprises the following resources, arranged by media type:

---Evening Star Photo Collection - Entire collection is accessible except for the Biographical images, which are available to be paged via prior request.
---DC Historical Image Collection - Entire collection is accessible.
---Vertical Files - All subject files are accessible.
---Book Collection - Select Washingtoniana books are accessible.
---Historic Building Permits (microfilm) - Permits from 1877 to 1949 are accessible.
---Directories (microfilm) - City directories (1822-1973), Haines Criss-Cross directories (1974-present) and telephone directories (1907-present) are accessible.
---Historic DC Newspapers (microfilm) - Historic local newspapers not available digitally are accessible on microfilm.
---Tax assessment directories (microfilm) - Tax assessments (1874-2010) and Lusk’s sales directories are accessible.
---Genealogy Materials - Print resources and DC marriage records (microfiche) are accessible.


Admin/Biographical History These collections are held by the DC Public Library's Washingtoniana Division; they are temporarily co-located with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. during the renovation of the MLK Library.
Level of description Fonds
Child Records DCPL Wash Book
DCPL Wash Evening Star
DCPL Wash Historic Image
DCPL Wash Microfilm
DCPL Wash Vertical Files