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Sidney Taliaferro Scrapbooks Collection

Identifier: 050

Scope and Contents

The scrapbooks consist primarily of clippings that highlight Mr. Taliaferro’s activities while he was Commissioner of the District from 1926-1930. The scrapbooks also contain programs, letters, tickets, invitations, and other memorabilia regarding Herbert Hoover’s inauguration in 1929; original signed letters from President Hoover, Taliaferro, local D.C. officials, and citizen groups; and a number of programs and typewritten remarks/speeches of Mr. Taliaferro from social, political, and civic events in which he participated.


  • Creation: 1927-1930


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Biographical / Historical

Sidney F. Taliaferro was born in Salem, Virginia in 1885 and began his working career as an office boy when he was 13. In 1899, Taliaferro moved to Washington where he worked as an insurance agent while he attended night school at Georgetown University Law School. After graduation, he practiced law and earned a respected reputation representing railroad companies. In 1926 he was appointed D.C. Commissioner by Calvin Coolidge and served until 1930 when he resigned to join the Riggs National Bank as a vice president and trust officer until he retired in 1950. Mr. Taliaferro was also very active in civic affairs. He was director of the Washington Gas Light Company for many years, and served on many public and corporate boards, including the public utilities commission, zoning commission, board of public welfare, Boys Club of Washington, YWCA, Salvation Army, Group Hospitalization, Julius Garfinkel Company, and Brooks Brothers.


0.6 Linear feet

3 Boxes

Sidney Taliaferro Scrapbooks Collection
An inventory of Sidney Taliaferro Scrapbooks Collection at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by DC Public Library.
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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