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National Rifles Scrapbook Collection

 Collection — external hard drive: DIG_00012
Identifier: 051
Cartes de visite and cabinet card portraits in Dig DC
Cartes de visite and cabinet card portraits in Dig DC

Scope and Contents

The scrapbooks contain clippings, invitations, programs, memorabilia, handwritten and typewritten letters, ledgers, receipts, meetings minutes, and a few copies of Canteen, the daily record of the National Rifles and an oversized poster for the July 4th Military Celebration in St. Louis, Missouri.

Also included is a box of cabinet card images of uniformed members of the National Rifles. Notes on the back of the photographs indicate that the images came from the Evans Collection in November 1929.


  • Creation: 1880-1889


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

The National Rifles, an independent company of the D.C. Militia, was organized in 1859 in the wake of John Brown’s raid. It was the first company of citizen troops ordered into the Civil War in 1861. A few years after the War, the militia disbanded or merged with other troops. The National Rifle Armory was located on G Street NW between 9th and 10th at the site of the current Mather Building, directly across from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Members of the company formed a veteran’s organization to hold annual reunions, fairs, soirees, dinners, and other events to commemorate the anniversary of their founding and military service.


5 Boxes

Custodial History

The Scrapbooks were donated to the Library in 1929 by Mr. and Mrs. Evans.

Processing Information

Basic archival processing procedures were applied to the collection when it was processed.

National Rifles
An inventory of National Rifles at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by DC Public Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

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