Selected Library of Congress Resources for District of Columbia
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The extensive collections at the Library of Congress contain historic artifacts and cultural materials from across the U.S. The list below is just a sample of the many Washington DC resources available for free on the Library's Web site.
Teachers can find even more primary sources, along with the tools to help use them in the classroom, at www.loc.gov/teachers. They can also search the Library's American Memory or Prints and Photographs collections.
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Birds eye view of Barnes & Weaver's addition to Brookland, 1895
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Frederick Douglass House, 1411 W Street, Southeast, Washington, District of Columbia, DC
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D.C. view from Washington Monument showing city of Washington, D.C..1912
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Frederick Douglass : a lecture on our national capital
A Bill to Abolish Slavery in the District of Columbia, 1849
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“Man-on-the-Street”, Washington, D.C, December 8, 1941
Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1865
Gordon Parks' collection of images of Ella Watson, Government Charwoman, 1942
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The Washington Nationals, 1913
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United States Hotel, Pennsylvania Avenue, between 3d and 4 1/2 streets...
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City of Washington, statistical maps 1880
Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway
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