Interested in genealogy? Writing a paper on Frederick Douglass' role as the first African American Recorder of Deeds in Washington, DC? Want to learn more about DC Emancipation Day? All this and much, much more is available at the District of Columbia Archives.
The District of Columbia Archives holds historical and permanently valuable records of the DC Government such as birth and death records, wills, land records and marriage records. Historic records on file include the original wills of Alexander Graham Bell, Francis Scott Key, James Madison, Dolly Madison, Woodrow Wilson, Oliver Wendell Holmes and Frederick Douglass, and the birth certificate for Duke Ellington.
The archives have recently launched their presence on the social media platforms Twitter (@DCArchivesOPR) and Instagram (@dcarchivesopr). The office also has a blog, DC ARCHIVES AND THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC RECORDS.
Naturally, the office has a website: District of Columbia Archives. There you will find the agency basics (address, hours of operation, phone, etc.), a list of the types of information available, and links to other local archives.