Posts in category Collections Snapshot

Collection Snapshot: Land Records, 1795-1798

Collection Snapshot: Land Records, 1795-1798

Working Title: District of Columbia Land Records, 1791-1798 (MS 0788) Content:  The Society received a donation of more than thirty original documents primarily relating to the division of properties, 1795-1798, prior to the federal capital’s official move from its temporary Philadelphia home. The donation includes an estimate of lots along the southwest of Massachusetts Avenue, […]

Land Records, 1795-1798

Land Records, 1795-1798

Working Title: District of Columbia Land Records, 1791-1798 (MS 0788) Content:  The Society received a donation of more than thirty original documents primarily relating to the division of properties, 1795-1798, prior to the federal capital’s official move from its temporary Philadelphia home. The donation includes an estimate of lots along the southwest of Massachusetts Avenue, […]

HSW Explores New Collaboration with MapStory

HSW Explores New Collaboration with MapStory

  MapStory is an online social cartographic platform developed by the MapStory Foundation since April 2012. Its goal is to empower the community of experts to crowd-source and peer review data within a geospatial and temporal framework. This data can be used to track events across a large area, like the migration of Native Americans […]

HSW Welcomes Smithsonian Archivist

HSW Welcomes Smithsonian Archivist

On June 16, the HSW Collections Manager gave a behind-the-scenes tour and collections update to Alison L. Oswald, Archivist at the Archives Center of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and her summer interns. Emily Keithley and Elise Fariello, two of the HSW interns working on the Capitol Photo Service Collection (SP 114), also […]

Collection Snapshot: A Campaign for the Right to Vote

Collection Snapshot: A Campaign for the Right to Vote

Working Title: Washington Star Twenty-Third Amendment Campaign Scrapbook, 1959-1961  Content: This  24″x18″ folio traces the newspaper’s 1959-1961 campaign for the passage of the Twenty-Third Amendment.  A collage of clippings, predominantly with a Grace Bassett byline,  have been laminated on non-newsprint sheets that are glued back-to-back; a few pages contain actual newsprint. Generously interspersed with the […]

Getting to Know You: Meeting our Neighbors

Getting to Know You: Meeting our Neighbors

Basis DC‘s middle school class, whose charter school is walking distance from the Society on 8th Street, visited June 12th to observe how DC’s neighborhoods have changed over time, using the Kiplinger Collection. While here, we challenged the students to answer all of our DC history trivia questions using only Window to Washington. As you […]

Executive Director Attends Cherry Blossom Festival Annual Review Luncheon

Executive Director Attends Cherry Blossom Festival Annual Review Luncheon

On Tuesday, June 10, John Suau attended the annual review luncheon for the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. This was his introduction to the group, facilitated by Barbara Ehrlich who is the secretary on the board for the festival and was in attendance at the May 1st reception in Suau’s honor. Ms. […]

HSW Welcomes Summer Interns & Volunteers

HSW Welcomes Summer Interns & Volunteers

June brings warm weather to Washington, yes, but also a welcome influx of interns and volunteers to the Historical Society! This week and next, HSW will welcome the 2014  summer cohort, including interns from the University of Maryland’s library science program and American University’s public history program, and volunteers from AU and the University of […]

HSW to Receive the White Gloves (Gang) Treatment

HSW to Receive the White Gloves (Gang) Treatment

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. is pleased to have been selected to receive a day of donated collections care courtesy of The White Gloves Gang of the Mid Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM). MAAM’s annual conference will be held in D.C. October, 22-24, 2014. Members of the White Gloves Gang contribute their considerable expertise […]

Collection Snapshot: Barrett Photographs, 1950s-1980s

Collection Snapshot: Barrett Photographs, 1950s-1980s

Working Title: Wm. Edmund Barrett Washington Photograph Collection, 1951-1989 Content: The collection is largely comprised of Washington street scenes captured in approximately 4,000 sharp, 4×5” Kodak negatives, nearly all individually identified by location and date. The collection also includes Barrett’s copy work; 35mm negatives and slides; several hundred black and white prints; and selected client […]