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Historic Image Collection

 Digital Collection
Identifier: HIC


  • Creation: 1790 - 2005


The Historic Image Collection is D.C. Public Library's second largest image collection, consisting of photographs and prints organized by subjects related to District life and history. The images are arranged in alphabetical order by title as many images are undated.
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.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions to accessing this digital collection.

Conditions Governing Use

D.C. Public Library does not hold copyright for all images in the collection, but some are in the public domain. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine copyright.

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001