- The Black Renaissance in Washington, D.C., 1920s-1930s
- This site, prepared by the Washington, D.C. Public library, contains a very detailed timeline, biographies of leading figures, and links to other sites that encompass the Black Renaissance in Washington, D.C. and other cities.
(19 Nov 2001)
- Building Stones of Our National Capital
- The U.S. Geological Survey's history of building stones used in historical Washington, D.C. buildings. An excellent site for a little-known topic. Mostly for the geologically oriented.
(28 Jul 2001)
- Building the Washington Metro: An Online Exhibit
- This site, authored by Zachary Schrag, explores the history of the Washington Metro rapid transit system from the 1940s to the present. A survey page records the experiences of Metro's designers, builders, neighbors, and riders.
(28 Jul 2001; 23 Jul 2002)
- The Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake Bay Region, ca. 1600-1925
- This addition to American Memory Project contains 139 digitized texts of the Chesapeake region, including such cities as Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Richmond. The site includes first-person narratives, early histories, historical biographies, promotional brochures, and books of photographs for the period from European discovery to roughly 1925. It seems especially strong on illustrated works and traveller's descriptions. Women and minorities don't have voices.
(28 Jul 2001; updated 8 Aug 2002)
- Link also listed under Baltimore, Maryland and Richmond, Virginia.
- Crossing the River. Race, Geography, and the Federal Government in Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
- A brief history and photo essay of the African-American neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Mary Halnon put this site together for the American Studies program at the University of Virginia.
(28 Jul 2001)
- Duke Ellington's Washington
- This site contains much useful information about the famous bandleader; early twentieth-century African-Americans in Washington, D.C., where he grew up; and the Shaw neighborhood, historically the center of D.C.'s black community. The site was set up to accompany a PBS show about Ellington in 2000. While likely well-researched, it has numerous limitations. The bibliography is very limited. There are no weblinks, no discography and no sound files of Ellington's work. Credit is given for neither design nor authorship and apparently updates are not envisioned.
(23 Jul 2001; updated 8 Aug 2002)
- The only one of the H-lists devoted to one city. This valuable site, edited by Matthew Gilmore, website contains discussions, links, syllabi, FAQs about the District, links to historic and neighborhood groups, bibliographies, links to full text sources and photo collections, some digitzed maps, and tours.
(8 Aug 2002)
- Learning From Langston Terrace
- Kelly Quinn, a Ph.D. candidate of the University of Maryland created this well-documented site of a public-housing site and uses it to teach her undergraduate American Studies and Afro-American classes. The site states, "Langston Terrace is the nation's first public housing program built in Washington, D.C. Opened in 1937, Langston Terrace housed Black low-income, working class families; it was one of 51 racially segregated projects built by the Public Works Administration as part of the New Deal. The architect, Hilyard Robinson, combined his experience as a native Washingtonian, his concern for housing solutions for low-income families, and his commitment to his race in this project." Even as a work-in-progress, the site contains an impressive collection of original correspondence related to the project in addition to floor plans, photos of sculptures, and research resources.
(12 Aug 2002)
- The Mall
- Well-illustrated history of the Mall in Washington, D.C. from its days as a marsh to the present including discarded plans. Mary Halnon at email@example.com put this site together for the American Studies program at the University of Virginia.
(28 Jul 2001)
- Washington Places
- Michael Bednar at the University of Virginia Architecture School assembled this site which tracks the history of the most important blocks of Sixteenth St., Pennsylvania Ave., and Massachusetts Ave. Eventually some of the ornamental circles and the Mall will be added. Sanborn-based maps are provided for the important downtown blocks of each street going back to roughly 1900 with photos of significant buildings. There's a good text and bibliography, but no links.
(12 Sep 2001)
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