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D.C. History: Home

This guide provides resources for researching D.C. history.


This guide provides access to resources for researching topics in the history of Washington, D.C. -- books, databases, journals, and links to area archives and museums.

The Basics

How did Washington get its name? Why are three stars and two stripes on the flag? The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. has answered some frequently asked questions about the city's history.

Museums, Archives, and Collections

Recommended Databases

This is a list of databases available that might be useful for research on local history.

Historic Newspapers

Recommended Books



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