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Washington (D.C.) -- History

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Washington During the Civil War: The Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861-1865

Although diaries are personal memoirs not usually meant for public viewing, they can sometimes reveal history more vividly and accurately then actual history books. With that said, Washington during the Civil War: The Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft presents three manuscript volumes, totaling 1,240 digital images, that document daily life in Washington, DC through the eyes of Horatio Nelson Taft...
Washington As It Was: Photographs by Theodor Horydczak, 1923-1959

While other photographers of the area such as Dorothea Lange may be more well-known to the general public, Theodor Horydczak’s body of work is one that deserves equal attention. Relatively little is known about his background, though most people agree that he was born in Eastern Europe and that he may have been a member of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. What is known is that he documented many...
Unbuilt Washington

As we look across an urban landscape, sometimes we may wonder: "What might have been here?" Monuments and dramatic buildings are often part of the picture, and in a federal city, there are frequently many structures that are proposed, but never built. This exhibition from the National Building Museum "reveals the Washington that could have been by presenting architectural and urban design projects...
DC By the Book

DC By the Book is an innovative project created by Tony Ross and Kim Zablud of the DC Public Library. This rather novel work "explores the richness of non-Federal civic life in Washington and its character as a city, as brought to life by fiction." The entire work is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Studies' Library Services and Technology Act grant program. First-time visitors can...
A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

To commemorate the recent 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, August 28th, 1963, the Library of Congress has selected these images from its extensive Prints and Photographs collections. Images by members of the White House News Photographers Association, color slides for publication in Look magazine, and pictures from a professional Ohio photographer document a "day that changed the...