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Family Stories

Identifier: 168

Content Description

This collection features 304 short stories written by children, ages 5 to 13 years old, who attend various DC Public Schools. The stories, both written and typed, are about the child’s family and often include a drawing that illustrates their story. The project was a collaboration between the DC Public Library and the DC Public Schools. The stories were written in honor of National Library Week in 1990.


  • Creation: 1990


There are no known restrictions on the use of this collection

Historical Note

The Family Stories project was a collaborative project between the DC Public Library and the DC Public School system.


1.75 Linear feet (4 boxes)

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Originally housed in the Local Authors Collection in the Washingtoniana Division, the stories were moved to the Archives by the Library’s archivist in 1999.

Processing Procedure

Standard archival procedures were followed at the time of processing. The original order of the files when they were donated was kept, organized by grade and then alphabetically by last name of the child. Due to all the items in the collection being the children’s stories, there is only one series, stories, and then each story was stored in its own folder.

Family Stories Collection
A guide to the Family Stories Collection
prepared by Joely Alt
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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