Among the pictures catalogued at Washingtoniana is the photo archive of the Washington Evening Star.
Star is on microfilm at Washingtoniana, too, along with The Post and
such defunct papers as the Washington Herald and the Washington Times
(the original Washington Times).
African American papers
are there, too. You can scan city directories, which once were like
super-detailed phone books, complete with the occupation of each
Some of the material is digitized and searchable on your
computer from home. That includes the Evening Star from 1852 to 1952,
once searchable only via a handmade index. (All you need is a D.C.
library card, which you can get even if you don’t live in the District.)
“People are loving having the Washington Star,” said Kim Zablud,
special collections manager and boss of the 12-person department. (For
decades, the Star was the city’s leading newspaper, often besting the
rag you’re reading.)
Full Story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/the-district-librarys-washingtoniana-division-is-a-treasure-trove-of-dc-history/2014/01/11/0ccf52c2-7942-11e3-af7f-13bf0e9965f6_story.html
Attribution: John Kelly, washingtonpost.com