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DC Archives Preliminary Finding Aids and Box Lists

Please note that only records with finding aids or box lists are listed here. Additional records may exist for your each subject identified.

Access restrictions may apply.

Records relating to buildings and property:

  • Building permits, 1949-1955 (DCA-94-0005)
  • Building permits, 1955-1958 (DCA-94-0005-1)
  • Building permits, 1958-1962 (DCA-94-0005-2)
  • Building permits, 1958-1978, numbered streets (DCA-94-0005-3)
  • Building permits, 1958-1978, lettered streets (DCA-94-0005-3A)
  • Building permits, 1976-1983 (DCA-04-0005-6)
  • Building permits, 1984-1989 (DCA-94-0005-7)
  • Building permits, 1990-1993 (DCA-94-0005-8)
  • Building permits, 1994-1995 (DCA-94-0005-9)  
  • Building plans (DCA-94-0005-10 through DCA-94-0005-18)
  • Project Files, Capital One Arena (then MCI Center), 1994-1998 (DCA-05-0002)
  • Project Files, (former) Washington Convention Center, 1995-1997 (DCA-05-0003)
  • Subject Files of Planning Director John Fondersmith, 1972-1999 (DCA-06-0004)
  • Records of the Redevelopment Land Agency, 1965-1976 (DCA-90-0009)
  • Shaw School Urban Renewal District Case Files, 1967-1968 (DCA-90-0010)
  • Historic Preservation Review Board Hearing Transcripts, 1977-1995 (DCA-96-0002)

Records relating to the Office of the Mayor and operations of the executive branch:

Records of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions:

Records relating to infrastructure:

  • Index to records of the Engineer Department, 1897-1953 (DCA-90-0008)
  • Water Office, 1882-1905 (DCA-05-0008)
  • Department of Sanitary Engineering, 1955-1970 (DCA-05-0008-1)
  • Miscellaneous records of the District Department of Transportation, 1936-1989  (DCA-10-0008)
  • Miscellaneous records of the District Department of Transportation, 1936-1989 (DCA-10-0009)
  • Department of Health records related to Spring Valley, Riggs Park, and River Terrace (DCA-12-0007)
  • Department of Public Works Management Files, prior to 1965 (DCA-14-0058)

Records relating to law enforcement and the justice system:

Records useful for genealogy:

Collections of publications and reports:

  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (DCA-00-0001)
  • Department of Housing and Community Development (DCA-05-0010)
  • Office of Planning (DCA-94-0011)


  • Board meeting transcripts of the Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board, 1982-1996 (DCA-06-0003)
  • Operations Files of the DC Bicentennial Commission, 1988-1990 (DCA-08-0001)
  • Photographs, 1952-1990 (DCA-91-0003)