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Archived website

Thank you for your interest in the DC Africana Archives Project (DCAAP), which concluded in 2017. This webpage is an abridged version of the original project website. For more details about the project, please see archived versions of the DCAAP project website


During this project, The George Washington University's Special Collections Research Center and Africana Studies Program joined with five partner archives throughout the city to enhance access to previously unavailable research materials that document the history of the African diaspora in DC, the civil rights movements, the struggle for Home Rule, the rise of Black-owned businesses, the development of Howard University, slavery in the nation’s capital, jazz music in D.C., and the literary arts.  This project was made possible by a grant to the GW Libraries from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Partner institutions included the District of Columbia Archives, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Public Library, the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, the Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

Collection Guides, by institution

The following collection guides were produced during the course of this grant, and links below are to the versions hosted at GW. The materials themselves, however, can be accessed via each home institution. 

District of Columbia Archives

DC Archives Accession Register

Included within the DC Archives Accession Register are these collections which may be of interest to DCAAP researchers:

Residents of D.C. Marriage Records, 1870-1966

Department of Housing and Community Development Shaw & H St. Building Survey Forms Collection, 1968-1972 

The Department of Housing and Community Development 14th Street & Downtown Survey Forms Collection, 1968-1974

D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, Speeches and Papers 

Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Articles of Incorporation—Perpetual Businesses Ledgers, 1870-1957

Articles of Incorporation Dissolved/Delinquent Businesses

Department of Housing and Community Development Housing Conditions in Northeast D.C., 1957-1968

Mayor’s Photographs and Slides Collection, 1959-1990

D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Operation and Office Files, 1966-1990

District of Columbia Citywide Agency News Releases, 1967-1978

The Ellison Commission Records, 1967-1973

Office of Preparedness: Demonstrations, Civil Disturbances, 1965 & 1968 

Office of the Mayor: Walter E. Washington, Subject Files 

 D.C. Jail and Washington Asylum Prisoner Ledgers, 1848-1862 

DC Archivist Special Government Reports and Studies 

DC Jail Historical, Administrative & Research Files, 1940-1990

DC Jail Prisoner Logs, 1871-1926

DC Jail Prisoner Infirmary Logs—1874-1930

DC Jail Prisoner Commitment Documents and Court Orders, 1874-1928

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission Files, 1986-1999

Reports of the Board of Education 

DC Statehood Constitutional Convention Reports, 1982-1983

Office of Boards and Commissions Mayor’s Appointments, 1968-1981

Disinterment Records

Records of Councilman and Former Mayor Marion Barry, Jr.

Councilman and Former Mayor Marion Barry Photograph Collection

Military Discharge Certificates and Service Records

Records of Coffins & Burial at Potter's Field

Walter E. Washington Photographs


DC Public Library

Arrington Dixon Papers

Bethea-Welch VFW Post 7248 Ladies Auxiliary Collection

C. Bernard Ruffin Papers

Charlene Drew Jarvis Papers

Charlotte Wesley Holloman Papers

Craig Rosen and the Static Disruptors D.C. Groove Collection

Dorothy Provine Free Black Research Collection

Frederick Douglass Book Research Collection

Hilda Mason Board of Education Records

Hilda Mason City Council Records

Hilda Mason Statehood Party Records

Josephine Butler Papers

Lawrence Guyot, Jr. Papers

Leroy "Damu" Smith Papers

Lucy Barber Papers

Margaret Cooper Papers

Marya Annette McQuirter Papers

National Tots and Teens, Inc., DC Chapter Records

Neighbors, Inc. Collection

Paul Philips Cooke Papers

Savoy Family Genealogical Collection


Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University

Amiri Baraka Papers

Arthur P. Davis Papers

Calvin Raullerson Papers

Cecille Hoover Edwards Papers

Charles V. Hendley Papers

Doris McGinty Papers

Elias Blake Jr. Papers

Elsie Brown Smith Papers

Ethel James Williams Papers

George Murphy Jr. Papers

H. Minton Francis Papers

H. Naylor Fitzhugh Papers

House Committee on Home Rule

James Madison Nabrit Papers

Jeanne Spurlock Papers

John Lovell Papers

Dr. Lawrence Jones Papers

Mark Hanna Watkins Papers

Mary Burke Washington Papers

Nethula Journal Collection

Oscar Brown, Jr. Papers

Patricia Roberts Harris Papers

Sharon Pratt Kelly Papers

Sixth Pan African Congress Records

TransAfrica Records

Walter E. Washington Papers

Wilhemina Rolark Papers

William Bryant Papers

Youth Pride, Inc. Records

Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Bobby Tucker Collection

Duke Ellington Collection

Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection

Edward and Gaye Ellington Collection

Floyd Levin Jazz Reference Collection

Richard Becker Collection of Alex Bradford Gospel Music Materials

Ruth Ellington Collection

Scurlock Studio Records

WANN Radio Station Records


Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Archaeological Survey of the Southwest Quadrant of D.C. Oral History

Capital Press Club Records

D.C. Blacks in the Arts Historic Preservation Oral History

D.C. Statehood Party Records

Madeline Lindsey Green Family Research Papers

Methodist Cemetery of Tenleytown Interment Information

Neighborhood Survey Project 1987-1989 Oral History

Paul Phillips Cooke Papers

Reverend Hampton Tecumseh Gaskins Papers

St. Elizabeths Burial Ledger

Sadgwar Family Papers

Westminister Neighborhood Association Records


Special Collections, George Washington University

Geneva Valentine Papers

Walter E. Fauntroy Papers

Joel S. Bacon Letters on the Arnold Case

Witness To A Possibility Records

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