DCALS TRIP TO NATIONAL ARCHIVES, COLLEGE PARK MD
FREE - MEMBERS OF DCALS ONLY
30 PERSON LIMIT --- KINDLY SIGN UP PROMPTLY
As suggested at our December dinner - after Ralph Ehrenberg's talk on Nicholas King - DCALS has organized a Group Excursion to National Archives, College Park MD.
It'll take place Friday afternoon April 8 and is absolutely free. Advance registration is required. This tour is limited to DCALS members and one (1) guest per member.
National Archives will have on display for us the original King Plats of Washington, by Nicholas King himself (DCSO's are 1887 copies,) plus the first Record Books of Squares from the 1790s, as well as 'Survey Returns' submitted by Ellicott and his crews showing original Square measurements, along with maps prepared by the Surveyors Office of Washington from L'Enfant's time to William Forsyth, plus layout sheets of Original City by the Ellicott brothers, Isaac Briggs, James Reed Dermott . . . and more.
In the 1880s and again in 1936, DC Surveyors Office culled their inventory and sent voluminous historic records over to US Archives. Today, DCSO's survey papers don't date back much before 1870. Where's their earlier work? Beautifully preserved at College Park MD in "Archives II" - largest archival facility in the world. Down amongst those vast 'stacks' off Adelphi Road are 940 linear feet of Record Boxes, hundreds (maybe thousands) of early maps and more than 600 rolls of microfilm from DC Surveyors Office.
Joining us will be Ralph Ehrenberg from Library of Congress, who knows more about early maps of Washington than anyone else.
We'll convene in the lobby of NARA's "Archives II" building at 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park MD 20740, at 12:30 pm. Parking is free. Driver's licences must be shown. Everyone gets a Visitor's Pass. Then our event takes place on 3rd Floor. By 4 pm we'll be heading home.
You must be a DCALS member in good standing. (That means 2016 dues paid.) Advance registration is mandatory. Members may invite one non-member guest, but all names must be submitted in advance. (No surprise 'walk-ins.') Our total group is limited to 30. First come, first served. Deadline for registering is Friday April 1.
If numbers warrant, a second tour may be organized for Friday afternoon April 22.