DC Punk Archive
Preservation & Access | How to Donate
DC Music Archive -- Future Plans | Related Collections | Special Thanks
In support of the Washingtoniana mission to collect, preserve and provide access to primary source materials that document the history and culture of local D.C., we have established a DC Punk Archive in DC Public Library’s Special Collections. A year after initiating planning and community outreach, we have received several collection donations, secured grant funding to design an online portal for access to collections, and will further engage the public in the project through programming, volunteer training, exhibits and concerts.
We're celebrating the first anniversary of the launch of this project with a series of programs in October:
- Thursday, October 1 at 6 p.m. - Library Basement Show at MLK Library featuring Title Tracks, BRNDA & Art Sorority for Girls
- Saturday, October 17 at 2 p.m. - (Virtual) Downtown Walking Tour of the DC Punk Underground 1979-1985 with Banned in DC editor Cynthia Connolly and clips from Punk the Capitol
- Thursday, October 22 at 7 p.m. - Screening of Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC 1980-1990 at Mount Pleasant Library followed by Q&A with filmmakers Scott Crawford and Jim Saah 6 p.m.
- Sunday, October 25 at 2 p.m. - Glen E. Friedman, a live discussion moderated by Alec MacKaye at MLK Library
- Thursday, October 29 at 6 p.m. - DC Punk Archive Open House in Washingtoniana at MLK Library
INVENTORY OF RECORDINGS
We will continue to host shows in the basement every other month, sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation. If your DC-area band would like to play, LET US KNOW!
Subject content is not be limited to the music itself, but could include anything pertinent to the cultural context, such as organizations, record labels, houses, venues, festivals, record shops, radio stations and tours. The subject scope is intentionally broad, punk and related local independent music 1976-present, in order to capture both well-documented and as well as lesser-known stories.
- Mark ANDERSEN - organizational records of Positive Force DC and research materials for Dance of Days (article)
- Annie Lou BERMAN - oral histories
- Jourdan BETETTE & Sasha LORDE - posters from shows at Comet Ping Pong
- Tony BUCKLEY - zines, fliers, recordings and other ephemera
- Elliott CALDWELL - fliers and photos
- Cynthia CONNOLLY - fliers, posters and artwork from shows at d.c. space
- John DAVIS - zines, fliers and records
- Bobbie DOUGHERTY - fliers and other ephemera
- Sohrab HABIBION - videorecordings of punk shows
- Xyra HARPER - zines and radio shows
- Eddie JANNEY - fliers and posters
- Melissa KLEIN - LPs and riot grrrl zines
- Carni KLIRS - fliers and demos
- Kevin MATTSON - Positive Force fliers and zines
- Chris MOORE - fliers, posters and demos
- Deane NETTLES - photos and fliers
- Katy OTTO/Exotic Fever Records - flyers and recordings
- Radio CPR - organizational records and radio shows
- Mike ROSS - zines and letters (article)
- Jim SAAH - zines
- Rachel SENGERS - zines, fliers and posters
- Ryan SHEPARD - 7" records, live recordings, and punk fliers and posters
- Cynthia ULEMAN - zines
- Clarissa VILLONDO - photos
- Robbie WHITE - Slickee Boys posters and ephemera
AKASHIC Books ▪ Michael ANDRADE ▪ B. AVERY ▪ Natalie AVERY ▪ Jason BARNETT ▪ Troy BENT ▪ Tom BERARD ▪ James BERBERT ▪ David BERMAN ▪ Alec BERRY ▪ Paul BISHOW ▪ Kylos BRANNON ▪ Matthew BURGER ▪ Michele CASTO ▪ CHAIN and the Gang ▪ Sharon CHESLOW ▪ Alec COOPER ▪ CRICKET CEMETERY Records ▪ Sara CURTAIN ▪ Matthew DINGEE ▪ Amy DOMINGUES ▪ Bobbie DOUGHERTY ▪ David ENSMINGER ▪ FIL ▪ Teresa GIONIS ▪ Amanda HURON ▪ Brett ISSACOFF ▪ Carlos IZURIETA/Youngblood Records ▪ Leena JAYASWAL ▪ Casey JONES ▪ Evan Keeling ▪ Beck LEVY ▪ Amanda MACKAYE ▪ Ian MACKAYE/Dischord Records ▪ Susie MCQUARY ▪ MOBIUS Strip ▪ Matt MOFFATT ▪ Michael O'CONNOR ▪ Joey PATCHAN ▪ Matthew PAYNE ▪ Shira PILARSKI ▪ Bryan PILAT ▪ Hayley Gordon PIVATO ▪ Christopher PROKOP ▪ David ROSENBERG ▪ Tony ROSS ▪ Alex SCHELLDORF ▪ James SCHNEIDER ▪ Dan SEARING ▪ Matthew SIBLO ▪ Willona SLOAN ▪ John STABB ▪ JoAnn WARD ▪ Christiana WHEELER ▪ Don ZIENTARA
To donate materials to the collection or for more information, contact:
Programming has been another avenue for engaging the public in this project. We hosted a month-long series of programs in October, have held a bimonthly concert series in the library basement, will host an open house in the spring to give people a chance to see what we have collected, and are exploring having a music festival in September to celebrate the launch of the new online local music portal. This portal is made possible by grant funding from the Institute for Library and Museum services and will be another opportunity for the library to promote local music and provide public access to collections in the archive.
While we are actively targeting punk collections at the present, we are also currently accepting donations that document other genres, communities, and time periods of D.C. music. We will expand the ongoing Go-Go collecting project and we are capturing DC Jazz and U Street culture through this oral history project.
Rock music that preceded and followed the heyday of Punk; R&B, Funk and Hip Hop that influenced (was influenced by) Go-Go; the thriving early Bluegrass and Country scene--all of these are important elements that make D.C. a unique and vibrant center for local music and culture, and all will have a home at the library. As we expand out collecting focus we will do so in collaboration and cooperation with other repositories of D.C. music collections.
University of Maryland Special Collections in the Performing ArtsThe University of Maryland has established a D.C. Punk and Indie Fanzine Collection, 1979-2012, and as a collaboration between the two libraries, we will scan any zines that accompany donations to the DC Punk Archive in Washingtoniana and share them with UMD to help fill gaps in their (unless the donor prefers to donate original zines to UMD).
George Washington UniversityGeorge Washington University launced a D.C. Vernacular Music Archive in the fall of 2014, to support academic research in ethnomusicology and as a repository for student project raw materials. As we develop our interactive online local music portal, we will collaborate with these and other institutions to connect all digitized local music resources through one platform.
- James Schneider, who helped catalyze this project by reaching out to collaborate with the library on preservation of D.C. punk materials encountered during the making of the documentary Punk the Capital.
- The Institute for Museum and Library Services, the DC Public Library Foundation, Stephanie Williams of DC Music Download, and Derek and Tom Brown for grantfunding and fundraising efforts on behalf of the project.
- Music community members who have generously offered advice and assistance to the project
- The many who have already offered donations of collections and who have volunteered to assist with the project.