District of Columbia Police Department Scrapbooks Collection
Scope and Contents
The four scrapbooks that make up this collection contain clippings, programs, and photographs documenting the successes and failures of the Metropolitan Police Department. Also included in these scrapbooks are clippings related to the King and Queen of England.
- Creation: 1939-1948
- District of Columbia. Police Department (Organization)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
No known restrictions.
Biographical / Historical
In 1790, the Federal City was established out of land ceded from Maryland and Virginia. For the next 10 years, Washington, D.C. was policed by law enforcement officers from those two states. In 1802, the city was given the power to enforce its own laws, although this was to be accomplished with only 15 officers. In 1861, the Metropolitan Police Department was established and continues to this day. The first arrest under the department was for a charge of intoxication (Source: Metropolitan Police Department Website: Brief History of the MPDC).
3 Linear feet
Processed without series.
It is unknown whether these scrapbooks were maintained by the Metropolitan Police Department or by the staff of the Library.
Basic archival processing procedures were applied to the collection when it was processed.
- District of Columbia Police Department Scrapbooks
- An inventory of District of Columbia Police Department Scrapbooks at DC Public Library
- Finding aid prepared by Ryan P. Semmes.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Language of description note