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Arrington Dixon Papers

Identifier: 132

Scope and Contents

The Arrington Dixon Papers Collection contains materials including campaign ephemera; correspondence; newspaper clippings and publications; photographs; pamphlets; and other documents related to Dixon’s political campaigns, work in city government (especially for the District of Columbia City Council), and personal life. The bulk of the collection covers 1953 to 1989.


  • Creation: 1935-2008
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1953 - 1989


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Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher’s obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Arrington Dixon is a local politician who served on the District of Columbia City Council as a Representative of Ward 4, Chairman, and an At-Large Member. Dixon was born in Washington, DC on December 3, 1942. He attended Birney Elementary, Douglass Junior High School, and McKinley Technical High School where he participated in the Cadet Corps program. Dixon went on to attend college at Howard University where he studied economic statistics, math, and physics; and participated in the Air Force ROTC. He transferred to the Air Force Academy for a short time, but returned to Howard following the 1964 death of his brother James W. Dixon, Jr., who served in the United States Air Force. After his graduation in 1966, Dixon worked for various institutions as a computer/systems analyst and educator. He ran for the Ward 5 Board of Education seat in 1968, which he ultimately lost. In 1972, Dixon earned a law degree from George Washington University. He ran for the then-newly established DC City Council in 1974, serving as Ward 4 Representative from 1975 to 1979, City Council Chairman from 1979 to 1982, and later for a brief period of time as an At-Large Member in 1997. Dixon was also involved with the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission and a number of other community groups such as the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the National Capital Planning Commission, and DC Citizens for Better Public Education. Dixon married future District of Columbia Mayor Sharon Pratt (Kelly) in 1966. Their marriage ended in 1982. Dixon and Kelly have two children, Aimee and Drew. Since serving as an elected official, Dixon founded Arrington Dixon and Associates, Inc. (ADAI) a professional consulting and public liaison service.


17 Boxes

9.5 Linear feet


The collection is divided into four series:
Series 1: Campaigns
Series 2: City Government
Series 3: Personal
Series 4: Photographs

Custodial History

Arrington Dixon donated this collection to the DC Public Library’s Special Collections Department in August 2013.

Related Materials

Related Collections:
Collection 029: Hilda Mason Papers
Collection 131: Charlene Drew Jarvis Papers
Collection 002: District of Columbia Citizens for Better Public Education Records

Processing Information

This collection was originally processed in 2014 as part of the DC Africana Archives Project, funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Collections.

The collection was reprocessed in 2019, and was divided into series and subseries and arranged chronologically thereunder, with related material grouped together. Oversized photographs are located in Box 14 and additional oversize materials are stored together in Box 17.

Throughout processing, paper clips and loose, rusty, and/or warped staples were removed; folded papers were unfolded and pressed flat; and folders and binders were disassembled. Photographs were covered in protective sleeves. The processor made redacted copies of items containing personal or private information. The majority of newspaper clippings were photocopied; however, full-size newspapers were separated from other items with a sheet of acid-free paper. The processor relabeled and refoldered, as needed.

The following items were removed from the collection and discarded: duplicates (more than two); original newspaper clippings; blank papers; envelopes containing no contextual or relevant information; and original folders, binders, and storage containers. The processor also shredded any originals containing personal or private information.

Arrington Dixon Papers
An inventory of Arrington Dixon Papers at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by DC Africana Archives Project, 2014. The collection was reprocessed and finding aid updated by Julie Burns, 2019.
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-07-24: Series 2, 3, and 4 added to the finding aid.

Repository Details

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

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