Special Collections Research Center Offers a New Look at the D.C. Metro

High-angle overview of a WMATA station in the process of being built.

When GW’s Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), located at Gelman Library, released newly digitized images from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), they were amazed by the overwhelming response. SCRC’s initial tweet of the photos resulted in over 30,000 engagements in a single day. It generated so much interest that the photos were featured on a local D.C. news broadcast that evening.
 
The photographs, along with other records donated to GW in 2018, document the history of WMATA and its impact on the D.C. area. They are a great resource for people interested in D.C. history, transportation history and beyond. Browse and download more of these fascinating photos online on the WMATA Archive page.

Construction workers laying underground piping for the construction of the DC subway system.

A construction worker welding in a tunnel as part of the construction of the DC subway system.

A wide-angle shot of a DC subway tunnel in the process of being built. The walls are exposed concrete and the tracks have only begun to be laid.

The dusty beginnings of parallel subway tunnels. The ground is dirt, the earth is exposed, and everything exposed has a fine layer of rust on it

Photos:
These images were taken by WMATA photographer Larry Levine and are now part of the MS2374: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) records collection.