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About this collection

The DC Punk Archive was established in 2014 to document the vibrant and influential punk music scene of Washington D.C. The subject scope is intentionally broad, including punk and related local music 1976-present, in order to capture both well-documented and lesser-known stories. Find out more about the project.

 

The archive documents music and musicians as well as the cultural context of venues, festivals, record shops, radio stations, houses and tours that were a vital part of the D.C. scene. The collection includes photographs, published materials (books, zines, and articles), sound and video recordings (vinyl records, tapes, CDs, live performances, demos, oral histories, and interviews), and ephemera (fliers, posters, set lists, letters, and tickets).  

 

Digitization of selected DC Punk Archive materials began in summer 2014. Materials will continue to be added to Dig DC as digitization and cataloging continue.  Fliers, posters, zines, and other ephemera from the following collections have been digitized and are available here:

 

Controlled vocabularies for music venues, performers, and other related organizations have been created for this collection to increase accessibility and digital connections across collections.  Digitized materials from the DC Punk archive contains some nudity and violent imagery used in the context of artistic expression.  The copyright owner(s) and status of many of the items in this collection are unknown.

 

 

 
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