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District of Columbia Police Department Scrapbooks Collection

Identifier: 069

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


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.

Custodial History

It is unknown whether these scrapbooks were maintained by the Metropolitan Police Department or by the staff of the Library.

Processing Information

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

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