Genealogy: District of Columbia Library and society resource list

District of Columbia Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

University Archives and Collections (5)

  1. American University:    http://bender.library.american.edu:8083/php/directory.php?dept_id=arc
  2. Catholic University of America. American Catholic History Research Center and  University Archives:    http://libraries.cua.edu/achrcua/index.html
  3. George Washington University:    http://www.gwu.edu/gelman/spec/
  4. Georgetown University:    http://gulib.lausun.georgetown.edu/dept/speccoll/
  5. Howard University:    http://www.founders.howard.edu/moorland-spingarn/

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (41)

  1. Archives of American Art:    http://www.aaa.si.edu/
  2. Brookings Institution:    http://www.brook.edu/lib/archives.htm
  3. Carnegie Institution of Washington. Archives:    http://carnegieinstitution.org/legacy/default.html
  4. Carnegie Institution of Washington. DTM-GL Library:    http://www.ciw.edu/library/ http://libraries.cua.edu/achrcua/archives.html
  5. Daughters of the American Revolution Library:  http://www.dar.org/library/
  6. Library of Congress. American Folklife Center:    http://lcweb.loc.gov/folklife/archive.html
  7. Library of Congress. Manuscript Division:    http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/mss/
  8. Library of Congress. Music Division:    http://www.loc.gov/rr/perform/guide/spcmus.html
  9. Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs:    http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/print/
  10. Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library:  http://dclibrary.org/washingtoniana/
  11. National Academies Archives:    http://www7.nationalacademies.org/archives/
  12. National Air and Space Museum:    http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/
  13. National Anthropological Archives & Human Studies Film Archives:    http://www.nmnh.si.edu/naa/
  14. National Archives and Records Administration:    http://www.archives.gov/index.html  and  http://www.nara.gov/genealogy/genindex.html
  15. National Archives and Records Administration, Archives Library Information Center:    http://www.archives.gov/research_room/alic/index.html
  16. National Building Museum:    http://www.nbm.org/Exhibits/collections2.html
  17. National Defense University:    http://www.ndu.edu/library/manuscripts.html
  18. National Gallery of Art:    http://www.nga.gov/resources/gadesc.htm
  19. National Geographic Society Library:    http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngs/library/about.html
  20. National Museum of African Art:    http://www.nmafa.si.edu/resource/musresrc.htm
  21. National Museum of American History:   http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/archives/home.htm
  22. National Museum of American Jewish Military History:    http://www.nmajmh.org/collections/index.html
  23. National Museum of Health and Medicine:    http://nmhm.washingtondc.museum/collections/archives/archives.html
  24. National Museum of the American Indian:    http://www.nmai.si.edu/subpage.cfm?subpage=collections&second=archives&third=pap er
  25. National Museum of Women in the Arts:    http://www.nmwa.org/library/
  26. National Press Club: http://www.press.org/library/archives/
  27. National Register of Historic Places:    http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/research/index.htm
  28. National Security Archive:    http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/archive/resguide.htm
  29. Naval Historical Center. Operational Archives Branch:    http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/nhcorg10.htm
  30. Navy Department Library:    http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/nhcorg7.htm
  31. Organization of American States: http://www.oas.org/columbus/archives.asp
  32. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Photo Study Collections:    http://americanart.si.edu/art_info/photoarchives.cfm
  33. Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library:    http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/aapg-hp.htm
  34. Smithsonian Institution Archives:   http://siarchives.si.edu/
  35. Smithsonian Institution. Cullman Library of Natural History:    http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/cullman/index.htm
  36. Smithsonian Institution. Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/Dibner/index.htm
  37. Social Security Administration:    http://www.ssa.gov/history/archives/archives.html
  38. U.S. Department of Labor Library:    http://www.dol.gov/oasam/library/collections/collections.htm
  39. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum:    http://www.ushmm.org/research/collections/
  40. Washington National Cathedral:    http://www.cathedral.org/cathedral/discover/archives.shtml
  41. City Museum of Washington, D.C. :    http://www.citymuseumdc.org/Do_Research/

Digital Library Collections (6)

  1. Catholic University of America, American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives:
  2. Documents Online: Digitized Materials:    http://libraries.cua.edu/achrcua/docuon.html
  3. Washington Research Libraries Consortium:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/general-collections-us.html#WRLC-DC#WRLC-DC
  4. Digital Collections by Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  5. Library of Congress, Digital Collections and Programs:    http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/digital.html
  6. American Memory  http://bcdlib.tc.ca/general-collections-us.html#AmericanMemory#AmericanMemory
  7. Washington Research Libraries Consortium, WRLC Libraries Digital and Special Collections:   http://www.aladin.wrlc.org/dl/
  8. Digital Collections by Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html#BCDL-Links-Subjects