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DC Militia Scrapbooks Collection

Identifier: 068
The collection consists of three scrapbooks that contain information regarding the DC Militia (National Guard) Engineer Battalion. Materials included in the scrapbooks include: clippings from Washington, DC and national newspapers, correspondence, programs, flyers, maps, blueprints, and photographs (the photographs have been interleaved with acid-free buffer paper). Although the scrapbooks are labeled as “1890-1898,” the materials in the scrapbooks extend to 1906. Each scrapbook also contains notes at the beginning regarding the content of the materials contained within.


  • 1890-1906

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3.75 linear feet; 3 boxes

Biographical / Historical

House Resolution 9068, entered into the United States Congress on April 2 1888, established the volunteer militia of DC as the National Guard of the District of Columbia, but the DC Militia’s history goes back to the Revolutionary War. A notable member of the DC Militia is Francis Scott Key. The DC Militia participated in the War of 1812, various Indian Wars, the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. The Militia also fought in the first and second World Wars, Korea and Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm, the defense of Washington on September 11, 2001 and the Iraq War. Included among the DC Militia were the Engineer Battalion and the National Rifles.

Custodial History

Gilbert Thompson donated the scrapbooks to the DC Public Library in 1907.
DC Militia
An inventory of DC Militia Scrapbooks at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Ryan P. Semmes.
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Repository Details

Part of the DC Public Library Special Collections Repository

1709 3rd Street NE
Washington DC 20002 USA