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Neighborhood history resources for Southeast DC.
Last Updated: Aug 17, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Welcome! This guide provides resources to help you research Southeast Washington, DC neighborhood history. Use the tabs above to find your neighborhood.


Neighborhood Research in Special Collections

Make the Washingtoniana Collection of the DC Public Library your first stop for neighborhood history research!

Neighborhood history resources in Washingtoniana include:

  • Neighborhood Bibliographies - Secondary sources to help you get an overview of the history and development of your neighborhood
  • Vertical Files - Subject folders filled primarily with news clippings related to neighborhoods, streets, houses and local institutions
  • Property Research - Plat maps, building permits, assessment directories, city directories and census records
  • DC Community Archives - Archival collections of local organizations and individuals
  • Photograph Collections - Photo collections include street scenes, historic houses, places of worship, schools and businesses

Ask a Washingtoniana Librarian

Have a question related to DC history? Email your question to or call us at 202-727-1213. Special Collections provides high-quality reference service to customers, connecting them to appropriate information resources - both for queries within our collections and through referrals. 

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Barry Farm: Past & Present

This documentary from filmmaker Tendani Mpulbusi explores the rich but turbulent history of the Barry Farm neighborhood in Ward 8 of Washington, DC. The once prominent Southeast neighborhood currently faces the same economic and social challenges experienced by communities throughout the District. From the Humanities Council of Washington, DC.

Other Local Resources

Dig DC

  • Dig DC
    Dig DC is your portal to selected digitized and born-digital items from DC Public Library Special Collections. At Dig DC you can find photos, maps, audio and more documenting the history of Washington D.C.

Where's My Hood?

Click on the map below for the neighborhood names and boundaries used by DC Public Library.


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