Posts in category Collections Snapshot

Do You Remember These “Long-Gone” Washington Eateries?

Do You Remember These “Long-Gone” Washington Eateries?

More than a dozen images from the Historical Society’s collections are featured in today’s Washington Business Journal. Some of the “long-gone” restaurants include Duke Zeibert’s at Connecticut and L, Gusti’s at 19th and M, and L’Escargot on Connecticut in Cleveland Park. Which places do you remember? Check out the full gallery.

History Mystery: Dating Door Keeper Buckingham

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History Mystery: The circa 2004 catalog record for the portrait of John E. Buckingham dated the image to 1865. When the photograph was pulled in 2015 for research regarding the assassination of President Lincoln, it was noted that the back, or verso, included a long note that threw doubt on the original cataloging.  Our task […]

Collaboration with Ford’s Theatre Launched

What's wrong with this broadside?

Oops. Contrary to the information seen in this broadside, Secretary of State William H. Seward did not die in the April 15, 1865 attack that killed President Abraham Lincoln. In fact, after surviving the brutal stabbing attempt on his life, Seward would go on to serve several more years as Secretary of State; he was […]

Collection Snapshot: Doctors Hospital

This image of Doctors Hospital shows editors marks.

Title: Doctors Hospital Publicity Records, 1940-1979 (MS 0792)     Content:  When was the last time you saw a pharmacy register ring up at 35 cents – or heard baby girls described as a “combination of Eve, Salome, and Florence Nightingale,” – or attended an evening function where cigarettes were literally on the menu? Publicity materials […]

Backstage: The Down Side of Framing

Pliers came in handy when removing the dozen of small straight nails holding the backing to the frame.

Backstage is an occasional series covering the behind-the-scenes actions that are part of collections care. We’ll delve into the decisions regarding rehousing collections of all kinds, and explore different methods of collections processing, from manuscripts to panoramic photographs to ephemera. We’ll tackle the tug of war between preservation concerns, the commitment to access for researchers […]

Deco the Halls!

Travelers in the waiting room of the Greyhound Bus Terminal on the south side of the 1100 block of New York Avenue NW.

Have you seen a movie at the Uptown? Have you – or your kids or grandchildren –  taken a ride on the carousel at Glen Echo Park, or wondered about the low-lying, tiered, rounded entrance to the massive office building at 1100 New York Avenue NW? (If you haven’t yet, get thee to all three […]

Backstage: Hats Off to the White Gloves Gang!

The White Gloves Gang at the Historical Society comprises, from left, Danielle Bennett, Manda Kowalczyk, Tom D’Amore, Marta Zlotnick, Patricia Raynor, Elizabeth Alberding. Front row: Javier Martinez-Baez and Jobi Zink.

Backstage is an occasional series covering the behind-the-scenes actions that are part of collections care. We’ll delve into the decisions regarding rehousing collections of all kinds, and explore different methods of collections processing, from manuscripts to panoramic photographs to ephemera. We’ll tackle the tug of war between preservation concerns, the commitment to access for researchers […]

Cirkut Maximus: The Capitol Photo Service Collection Progress Report II

Along with thousands of panoramic images, donors Mark and Douglas Segal contributed their father's massive Cirkut camera to the Society's collection.

The Capitol Photo Service Collection (SP 114) consists of several thousand oversized photographs of local business, organization, school, political, and other groups in locally significant settings, both indoors and outdoors, from 1957 to 2000. Since this spring, HSW interns have been hard at work towards making this collection accessible for researchers; this is Part II […]

Media Mention: John Kelly Highlights Recent Donation to HSW

Media Mention: John Kelly Highlights Recent Donation to HSW

The Washington Post, via “John Kelly’s Washington,”  recently featured William DeCosta, a retired local librarian who has compiled several indices which he subsequently donated to the Society. The latest donation, “Hoboes and Tramps in the 1890s,” is available on microfilm (MS 0798) and as well as an abridged printed version (P 5168). 

Cirkut Maximus: The Capitol Photo Service Collection Progress Report I

Cirkut Maximus: The Capitol Photo Service Collection Progress Report I

The Capitol Photo Service Collection (SP 114) consists of several thousand oversize photographs of local business, organization, school, political, and other groups in locally significant settings, both indoors and outdoors, from 1957 to 2000.  HSW interns have been hard at work towards making this collection accessible for researchers; this is Part I of a series […]