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May Collection of the Month: Kelly Photographs of Washington

postcard of CapitolSpecial Collections is home to a remarkable D.C. image collection, containing thousands of slides, photographs and postcards of buildings and street scenes from 1856 to 1983, all assembled by longtime Washingtonian Charles Suddarth Kelly (1920-2008).

As an early television production manager for stations in the city after World War II, Kelly assembled a personal collection of original and copy photographs starting in 1945, focusing on landmark sites and panoramas, views of buildings, neighborhoods, and parks.

Anyone researching changes in Washington over time will find interesting material here, including buildings now gone and neighborhoods that seem unrecognizable a century later. Take a look at the finding aid online, and then come browse the collection in person here at Special Collections!


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