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Willard R. Ross Postcard Collection

 Digital Collection
Identifier: dcpl_p031


  • Creation: 1909 - 1931



The Willard R. Ross Postcard Collection is comprised of original photographic postcard prints, primarily of the streets and architecture of Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas from the 1910s to 1930s.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions to accessing this digital collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Images are in the public domain and there are no known restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Photographer Willard R. Ross (1860-1948) moved to the district around 1910, where he became a postcard photographer specializing in “hometown” views. The collection consists largely of building and street views – churches, cemeteries, schools, businesses, and other public buildings are well represented – but also contains some images of Washingtonians, including many images of the adventures of the Wanderlusters, a co-ed hiking club. Ross assigned captions and non-unique numbers to most of his postcard images which are used as the item titles.

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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