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About this collection

The Historical Image Collection is DC Public Library's second largest image collection, consisting of photographs and prints organized by subjects related to district life and history. The digital collection includes slides documenting D.C. in the days following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The library has accepted donations, purchased, and collected images for the Historical Image Collection since the early 1920s. Therefore, the collection has a variety of sources and much of it is of unknown origin. Collection strengths include the built environment, including streets, buildings, and monuments, as well as early Washingtonians.

Sections of the collection are being digitized and made published online on an ongoing basis, beginning with color slides of the April 1968 riots that occurred in D.C. following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis.

The Library does not hold copyright for all images in the collection, but some are in the public domain. It is the responsibility of the user to determine copyright, if any. Any known information about an image's creator and rights status is included with the image in Dig DC.

Learn more about the collection on its DCPL Special Collections webpage.

 

 
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