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J. C. Wilfong, Jr. Collection

Identifier: P010

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 32 3 x 3 inch black and white photographs. There are no negatives with this collection. The images were taken between 1963-1965 and are of houses and businesses throughout Washington, D.C., many of which have been demolished. Historic locations include the Belasco Theater, Edwin Stanton House, John Philip Sousa House, Heurich Mansion, and the Commandant’s House at the USMC Barracks. Notations on many of the photographs indicate the year the building was demolished or note that the Landmarks Commission “cited” the structure. It appears that the photographs are of buildings in the district that were endangered or scheduled for demolition.


  • 1963-1965


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Biographical / Historical

James Chester Wilfong Jr. was an avid photographer and historian. Mr. Wilfong served as President of the PRing George’s County Historical Society and wrote columns on historical houses for many publications including The Laurel Leader, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.


1 Boxes


Basic archival procedures were used at the time of processing.

Custodial History

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

Related Materials

D. C. Historic Preservation Division Photograph Collection, P002
James Goode “Capital Losses” Collection, P004
Hambright and Hoachlander Photograph Collection, P019

Processing Information

Each image was placed in individual paper sleeves, intellectual information regarding the photograph was transferred onto the envelope, and the image was assigned a number. A general description of the image was added to the sleeve. The completed sleeves were then placed in an archival box for storage.

J. C. Wilfong, Jr.
An inventory of the J. C. Wilfong, Jr. 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, MLK Library Repository

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