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  1. “All Politics Is Local” Documenting Local DC Politics in Records in the DC Public Library’s Washingtoniana Division Derek Gray 38th Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library November 5, 2011

  2. Overview of Washingtoniana Division and DC Community Archives • Established in 1905 as a local center for collecting, preserving, and researching the history of Washington, DC. • DC Community Archives established within the Washingtoniana Division in 1987. • Over 2,000 linear feet and 150 processed and unprocessed archival collections.

  3. Overview of Washingtoniana Division and DC Community Archives • Established in 1905 as a local center for collecting, preserving, and researching the history of Washington, DC. • DC Community Archives established within the Washingtoniana Division in 1987. • Over 2,000 linear feet and 150 processed and unprocessed archival collections.

  4. “Artificial” Collection (#60) Consists of miscellaneous items pulled from the Vertical Files Collection Dates from the 1700s Includes City Council, Mayor, gov’t agency, and some U.S. presidential records

  5. Political Memorabilia Collection Consists of material from DC Mayor and City Council election campaigns. Campaign literature, flyers, buttons, signs, banners, etc.

  6. Home Rule Committee Collection (#55) Established by influential DC residents in 1953. Members testified in Congress, wrote letters, and lobbied support for Home Rule.

  7. David Carliner Papers Immigration attorney, founder of the DC chapter of the ACLU Driving force behind securing Home Rule for Washington, DC Represented clients against Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws and fought against its poll tax system.

  8. Harry S. Wender Papers ( #9) Practicing attorney who was involved in voting rights for DC residents from the 1930s – 1960s Member of local organizations including the DC Suffrage Association and Home Rule Committee

  9. Clifford Berryman Cartoon Collection (P8) Editorial cartoonist for the Washington Evening Star Covers many local Washington, DC issues as opposed to national news Date range is 1900 - 1948

  10. Hilda Mason Papers (#29) Member of DC Board of Education, 1972 – 1977 Known as “the grandmother of the world” Served on the DC City Council; chaired Committee on Education and Libraries

  11. League of Women Voters of DC Records (#33) Formed in 1921 after the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 Famous members included U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Focused on better race relations/civil rights in 1940s; suffrage and Home Rule in 1950s and 1960s

  12. DC Statehood Commission Records (#48)

  13. Julius Hobson Papers (#1) Political career grew out of grassroots activism in the 1950s Chair, DC chapter of CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) Founder, DC Statehood Party

  14. Other Local Politics Resources in Washingtoniana Books Vertical FilesTheses NewspapersGov’t Publications Abstracts

  15. Show Me The Collections! • Research in the DC Community Archives is by appointment ONLY. • Monday and Tuesday: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Wednesday through Friday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm • Available on Saturdays (advanced notice required) • Researchers must complete an Archives Registration Form and comply with ALL rules and regulations regarding usage of archival materials.

  16. Contact Information Derek Gray Archivist Washingtoniana Division DC Public Library 901 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 Phone: (202) 727-2272 Fax: (202) 727-1032 Email: derek.gray2@dc.gov www.dclibrary.org

  17. THANK YOU!