100 Archives and Counting!

Posted: May 13, 2014 by Martha in News
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Did you know there are at least 100 archives in the Nation’s Capital and surrounding area? I didn’t until I started working on a project to locate and describe them for Professor Jane Zhang at The Catholic University of America. The first 100 are now part of the National Capital Archives Map on the SAA@CUA blog.

While researching this project, I found out that access to Naval Archives is restricted not just because they don’t want to give away the Navy’s secrets, but because they are working to fix their storage facilities. I also learned that the Black Women’s History Archive needed to be moved because the environment was inadequate to appropriately house the collections. More about stories like these will be in future blog posts by members of the student chapter of the Society of American Archivists at the Catholic University of America.

If you are a student or researcher interested in learning more about the archives in the Washington, DC Metro area, check out the map. Click on any marker to view details about the archive.

Catholic University of America Archive Marker

Catholic University of America Archive Marker

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Comments
  1. 72floress says:

    During my previous internship at the National Park Service was just in the process of transferring theBlack Women’s History Archive in the blog, from the Mary McLeod Bethune location the to the Museum Support Center (MRCE) in Landover, MD. I see that is where it is placed on the map now. MRCE also has several archives from other collections. While I was there, I was working with archives from the C&O Canal.

    Great map!

  2. Martha says:

    Would love to hear more about the collections at MRCE. What was in the C&O archives? Any cool or unusual finds you can share??

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