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Resources for Southwest Washington, DC neighborhood research
Last Updated: May 25, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Welcome! This guide provides neighborhood history resources on Southwest Washington, DC. Use the tabs above to navigate between the various neighborhood pages.


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From the DCPL Photo Archive

Independence Ave SW in 1941, before the Avenue was widened and these rowhouses were demolished. The Washington Post, 1941. From the Washington Historical Image Collection, DC Public Library.


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

Other Local Resources

Featured Resource

Daily Evening Star. May 16, 1853.

  • Washington Evening Star, 1852-1950
    Search and browse "scanned" copies of every page of every issue of the Star, long considered the "hometown paper of record" for the Nation’s Capital. This valuable archive offers significant new research opportunities from the Antebellum Period to World War I to the start of the Korean War.

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