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Paul K. Williams House History Collection

Identifier: 222

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 585 house history folders of homes in the District of Columbia. The folders contain housing permit records, historical information about the house and its prior owners. The Collection has a digital copy of basic data of the house histories on an external hard drive.


  • Creation: 1991 - 2021

Conditions Governing Use

There are no known restrictions on the use.

Biographical / Historical

Paul Kelsey Williams was born June 10, 1966 in Midland Michigan, the son of Charles and Nancy (Kelsey) Williams. He graduated from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989. He worked as the Legacy Resource Management Program Director in the U.S. Air Force Pentagon Headquarters from 1992 to 1997. He created Kelsey and Associates, a house history consulting firm in the District of Columbia in 1995. The Firm specializes in research on individual buildings or dwellings primarily in Washington, DC. Williams is the author or co-author of 20 books, primarily focused on Washington, DC neighborhoods as well as books on Skaneateles Lake, NY, Owasco Lake, NY and The History of Charles Village in Baltimore, MD.


11 Linear feet (22 boxes)

Language of Materials



Series 1: Northwest Series 2: Northeast Series 3: Southwest Series 4: Southeast

Custodial History

Paul K. Williams dontated the collection to DC Public Library in January 2021.

Processing Information

The donated collection consisted of 6 banker boxes of house histories in individual folders. House histories were removed from original folders and placed in new folders and arranged by city quadrant and then numerically and alphabetically by address. Financial materials pertaining to the contract for the completion of the house histories were removed. All materials were then placed in archival boxes for long term storage.

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An inventory of Paul K. Williams House History Collection at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Kenneth Despertt, 2023
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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