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Washington Navy Yard Photograph Collection

Identifier: P018

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 31 3.5x5 inch and 30 8x10 inch images of buildings 137 (General Foundry) and 167 (Boiler Makers shop) in the Washington Navy Yard complex. The smaller images are interior and exterior views of buildings and the larger images are reproductions of architectural blueprints.


  • Creation: 1975

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Biographical / Historical

The Washington Navy Yard was established in 1799 and is one of the United States Navy’s oldest shore establishments. The Yard was the Navy’s largest shipbuilding facility until the British burned it during the War of 1812. After the war the Yard never regained its prominence as a shipbuilding facility due to the shallow waters of the Anacostia River. In 1866 the Yard was designated as an ordnance manufacturing center and by the start of World War II it was the largest ordnance facility in the world. At its peak the Yard consisted of 188 buildings on 126 acres and employed over 25,000 people. In 1964 the Yard was redesignated. Today the Yard houses a variety of activities, serving as the headquarters of the Naval District Washington, Naval Historical Center and Museum, and the home of numerous support activities for the fleet and aviation communities.


1 Boxes

0.1 Linear feet


Processed at item level without series.

Custodial History

There is no deed of gift and it is uncertain as to how the Library acquired these photographs.

Processing Information

The images were removed from their original housing. Each image was assigned a number and placed in an individual polypropylene sleeve. The images were then placed in an acid-free folder and stored in an archival storage box for long-term storage.

Washington Navy Yard
An inventory of the Washington Navy Yard Photograph Collection at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Mark S. Greek.
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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