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    Department of Human Services
    Vital Records Division
    825 North Capitol Street, NE, First Floor
    Washington, DC 20002
    (202) 442-9009
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Birth and death records and indexes, 1874-present

    D.C. Archives
    1300 Naylor Court, NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    (Between 9th and 10th Streets, NW, and N and O Streets, NW)
    (202) 671-1107 (archivist)
    (202) 671-1111 (records manager)
    Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Call ahead to make an appointment.)

    D.C. Historic Preservation Division
    Office of Planning
    801 N. Capitol Street, NE
    Third Floor
    Washington, D.C. 20002
    (202) 442-8818
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    D.C. Marriage Bureau
    DC Superior Court,
    500 Indiana Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    (Room 4335 for Divorce Decree or Room 4485 for marriage license)
    Marriage information (202) 879-4840
    Divorce Information (202 879-1261
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    D.C. Register of Wills
    Probate Division
    Room 5008
    500 Indiana Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    (202) 879-4800
    Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

    D.C. Public Library
    Washingtoniana Division (3rd floor)
    901 G Street, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20001
    (202) 727-1213
    Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Fri., Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Sun., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (winter only)

    D.C. Recorder of Deeds
    Room 300
    515 D Street, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20001
    (202) 727-5374
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

    Office of the Surveyor
    941 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 2700
    Washington, DC 20002
    Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 4:15 pm

    Special Collections at the Alexandria Library
    first floor of the Kate Waller Barrett Branch
    717 Queen St.,
    Alexandria, VA 22314.
    Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.,Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Phone: 703-838-4577, ext. 213
    Fax: 703-706-3912

    Virginia Room of Arlington County Public
    Central Library
    1015 N. Quincy St.
    Arlington, VA 22201
    (703) 228-5990
    (703) 228-6320 (TTY)
    Phone (703) 228-5966
    Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Wednesday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives
    101 Life Cycle Institute
    Catholic University of America
    Washington, DC 20064
    Our office is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday,
    Telephone: 202-319-5065
    Fax: 202-319-6554

    Fairfax County Regional Library
    Virginia Room
    3915 Chain Bridge Road
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    (703) 293-6383
    Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.
    10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri.
    10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.
    12 noon-6 p.m., Sun.

    Mary Riley Styles Library (City of Falls Church)
    120 North Virginia Avenue
    Falls Church, Virginia 22046
    Virginia Room Hours
    Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    Friday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.
    Phone 703-248-5140

    Fenwick Library
    4400 University Dr.
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    Special Collections & Archives (SC&A)
    Hours: 12:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday - Friday. Evening and weekend appointments are subject to staff availability. SC&A is open between academic terms but closed during holidays. Communicating ahead of time is always a good idea:
    TEL 703-993-2220 * * * * FAX 703-993-2229.
    EAD finding aids
    digital collections
    "Planned Communities"

    George Washington University
    Gelman Library, Special Collections
    Room 207
    2130 H Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20052
    (202) 994-7549
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 12 noon - 5 pm
    Mon. (school terms) research appointments until 8 p.m.

    Georgetown Regional Library
    Peabody Room
    Wisconsin Avenue & R Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    (202) 282-0214
    Hours: Call ahead; opening hours vary.

    Georgetown University
    Special Collections · Lauinger 5th Floor ·
    202-687-7444 · Fax: 202-687-7501
    Open from Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5:30 pm.
    southeast corner of the campus at 37th and N Streets N.W
    collection list
    collection search

    City Museum
    Kiplinger Library
    Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
    801 K Street, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20001
    Phone: 202.383.1800
    Fax: 202.383.1870

    Library of Congress
    1st Street and Independence Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C. 20540
    Reader's cards: Madison Bldg; LM140
    online catalog

    Prints and Photographs
    Madison Building, Room 351
    (202) 707-6394
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    P&P catalog

    Geography and Maps
    Madison Building, Room BO1
    (202) 707-6277
    Hours: Mon.-Sat., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Local History and Genealogy
    Jefferson Building, Room G42
    (202) 707-5537
    Hours:Tues., Thurs., Fri., 8:45 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Sat., 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

    LDS Family History Center
    Washington, D.C. Temple
    10000 Stoneybrook Drive
    Kensington, MD 20895
    (301) 587-0042
    Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Tues.-Thurs., 7-10 p.m.

    Maryland Historical Society Library
    201 West Monument Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    (301) 685-3750
    Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Temporary Mt. Vernon Campus Closing - Beginning June 1, the museum and library will be closed to visitors in order to install the new exhibitions and finish renovations. The library will reopen at the end of September and the museum will open to the public on November 16. The MdHS will not be able to respond to requests for museum or library research after May 30. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Details on the MdHS construction projects and reopening.

    Maryland State Archives
    Hall of Records
    350 Rowe Boulevard
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    (800) 235-4045
    (410) 974-3914
    special collections search
    Wednesday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday (see below for Saturday closures), 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Archives is CLOSED ON SUNDAYS, MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, the FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH, and SATURDAYS OF HOLIDAY WEEKENDS. On weekdays, the search room remains open at lunchtime (12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.) but the circulation desk will be closed. On Saturdays, the search room and lobby will close from 12 noon - 1 p.m. Patrons must leave the building. During the week the search room remains open during lunch time but no records are pulled from 12 noon to 1 p.m. There is no lunch room in the building for patrons. There are restaurants and a state cafeteria within walking distance of the Archives.

    Montgomery County Historical Society
    111 West. Montgomery Ave.
    Rockville, MD 20850
    (301) 340-2974 (Research Library)
    Office: 301-340-2825; M-Fri. 9-5pm
    Museum: 301-762-1492; Tues-Sun. noon-4pm.
    Library: 301-340-2974; Tues.-Sat. 10-4pm, Sundays 1-4pm

    Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
    Founders Library
    Howard University
    Washington, DC 20059
    (202) 806-7240
    MSS collection list
    Library: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.;
    Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Manuscripts: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2 -4:45 p.m.

    National Archives
    Pennsylvania Avenue at 8th Street, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20408
    (202) 501-5400
    ARC catalog
    Hours: Mon., Wed., 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Tues., Thurs., Fri., 8:45-9 p.m.
    Sat., 8:45-4:45 p.m.
    Civil Reference, Rm.410; 501-5395 x341
    Military Reference, Rm.410; 501-5395 x329
    Materials for these branches are pulled at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30 and made available in Central Reference, Room 203
    Microfilm, room 400

    National Archives II
    8601 Adelphi Road
    College Park, MD 20740-6001
    (301) 713-6800
    Hours: See National Archives listing above
    Cartographics (third floor) The division also maintains an index to its cartographic holdings on specific Washington, D.C. properties; copy at HSW.
    Still Picture Branch, room 5360

    National Genealogical Society Library
    Glebe House
    4527 17th Street North
    Arlington, VA 22207
    (703) 525-0050
    Hours: Mon. and Wed., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution Library
    1776 D Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20006-5303
    (202) 879-3229/8
    The DAR Library is also an LDS Family History Center
    The DAR Library is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. May 19, 2002 will be the last Sunday on which the Library will be open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    Beginning on Saturday, June 1, 2002, the Library will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Prince George's County
    Genealogical Society Library
    12219 Tulip Grove Drive
    Bowie, MD 20715
    (301) 262-2063
    10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each Wednesday except the first Wednesday of the month (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
    and also on the last Saturday of each month 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Hours: Please call ahead to confirm.

    Smithsonian Institution
    (Washingtoniana photographs and architectural drawings)
    Archives Center
    Room C340
    National Museum of American History
    12th, 14th & Constitution Avenue
    Washington, D.C. 20560-0601
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    SIRIS catalog

    Sumner School Museum and Archives
    1201 Seventeenth Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    (202) 442-6060
    Hours: Please call ahead for appointment
    Student records from 1900 are maintained on microfiche at the Logan Administration Building, 215 G Street, NW, Room 105A (202-724-7751); access is restricted.

    The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) is a regional resource-sharing organization established by several universities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to expand and enhance the information resources available to their students and faculty.
    WRLC digital initiatives
    WRLC Digital Collections Production Center (DCPC)
    WRLC's Digital Collections Production Center (DCPC) is a collaborative facility to provide digital conversion services in a production environment for WRLC member universities. The DCPC provides staff and systems to manage digitizing projects, scan materials, and enter descriptive information developed in conjunction with library staff. The DCPC is being developed with a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the 2001 National Leadership Grants for Libraries program.

    Also see:
    Full text sources online for Washington DC
    Images online for Washington DC

    Matthew Gilmore, June 2003


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