Help! Historic Burleith Photos Needed!

 Charles Henry Volkman with his children Anna Corrine and Charles at their 3548 T Street home, 1931. Courtesy of Charles and Jutta Volkman.

Charles Henry Volkman with his children Anna Corrine and Charles at their 3548 T Street home, 1931. Courtesy of Charles and Jutta Volkman.

By Dwane Starlin and Ross Schipper

As members of the Burleith History Group, we are working with Arcadia Publishing to produce a book on Burleith as part of its Images of America series. Arcadia, the leading publisher of local and regional pictorial histories, recognizes the historical significance of Burleith and believes this book will be an excellent addition to its series. The book will weave over 200 captioned images into a 128-page pictorial history of our neighborhood.

 Boys playing football in S Street, early 1940s. Courtesy of Myles Johnson.

Boys playing football in S Street, early 1940s. Courtesy of Myles Johnson.

We are working with the Georgetown Library Peabody Room, the George Washington University Gelman Library (Burleith Archives), the Historical Society of Washington, the Library of Congress, and other sources, but we need the help of Burleith’s current and former residents to round out the image collection. We are especially interested in everyday images of people, streets, houses, cars, and Burleith activities.

The most sought-after images are those from the "early" days of Burleith, although Arcadia allows ten percent of the images to date from the 1970s or later, what it calls "modern." We have already received contributions from a number of current and former residents and would like to give special thanks to Myles Johnson, Jeffery King, Susan Lockwood, Mary Ann MacKenzie, Neva Van Peski, Edgar Farr Russell III, Mara Viksnins, and Charles and Jutta Volkman for allowing us to digitally scan their slides and photographs to Arcadia’s strict specifications. Pat Scolaro has also been actively soliciting former Burleith residents for their images.

 Edgar Russell III contributed a collage of photos collected in the late 1960s by his grandfather and Burleith historian, Edgar Farr Russell, 2015.

Edgar Russell III contributed a collage of photos collected in the late 1960s by his grandfather and Burleith historian, Edgar Farr Russell, 2015.

If you have photographs or slides we could digitally scan, please email history@burleith.org or phone Ross at (202) 333-2826. Our Arcadia editor is pressing us for the photos in the near future.