The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. is planning to digitize more of the maps, photographs, prints and other items in its collections. This new digitization project is funded by a City Fund grant from the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. According to the press release, the Historical Society’s catalog includes “more than 100,000 prints, negatives and slides from the 1860s to the present, documenting local street scenes, events, businesses, and people; more than 500 cataloged maps, tracing the development of the built environment; and more than 800 archives and manuscript collections, ranging from diaries and personal papers, to early 18th century land records, to the historic records of existing organizations.”
A sample digital archive featuring more than 400 items will be available in early 2015. The D.C. Public Library’s collection of about 8,000 historical maps of D.C. is also being digitized.