Capitalizing on Washington, DC’s diverse communities and its role as the nation’s capital, the Washingtoniana Collection of the GW Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) documents the city’s political, economic, social, and cultural history. This history of the District of Columbia covers the beginning plans for a federal city (1791) to the present day work to achieve DC Statehood.
The SCRC collects, preserves and makes available primary source documents and archived web pages that work to tell the most complete history of the District of Columbia. These materials encompass a variety of topics including Metro and other transportation issues, the District of Columbia government, a diverse and vibrant poetry community, local businesses, neighborhoods, and civic associations.
In addition to primary source documents such as letters, diaries, video and audio recordings, journals, maps, ledgers, newsletters, meeting minutes, the collection houses more than 20,000 books related to various topics for DC history.
Collection Primary Topic Areas
Maps and Secondary Source Content
- Africana Research Center
- Architecture in Washington, DC
- City Directories, Washington, DC
- Fiction by Washington, DC authors or about Washington, DC
- Georgetown Records Guide
- Guidebooks of Washington DC
- Historic American Buildings Survey for Washington, DC
- History of Washington, DC, General History
- History of Washington, DC, War and Politics
- LGBT Resources
- Maps of Washington, DC
- Neighborhoods in Washington, DC
- Newspapers in Washington, DC
- Poetry in Washington, DC
- Real Estate Directories
- Visual Images of Washington, DC
Materials within the Washingtoniana collections are available to researchers in the Special Collections Research Center reading room in accordance with SCRC access policies. If you are interested in reviewing our Washingtoniana materials, please contact us via our webform.