The Washingtoniana Collection at the D.C. Public Library

The Washingtoniana Collection at the D.C. Public Library (http://www.dclibrary.org/node/35928) offers a wide selection of documents, maps, postcards, portraits, newspapers, comic books, magazines, photographs, interviews, propaganda, and political campaign materials. DigDC (http://digdc.dclibrary.org/cdm/) is the archival service that the D.C. Public Library uses to organize the collection by categories, with a tech-savvy interface and ability to download [images]. Focusing on municipal and city maps, I was successful in simply typing in key words to the search box at the top of the archive and render full high-resolution maps and documents. The archive provides full citations and information of most every piece viewed: “File Name,” “Title,” “Rights,” “Date Original,” “Language,” “Subject,” “Description,” and many other characteristics of each piece is available. Zooming and maneuvering on images of maps [and paintings] is easy and high-quality, in addition to being very fast (possibly due to the relatively low-traffic of the public library’s website…).

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