Evacuating Materials from the Library of Congress

We are grateful for the picture below, since so many of the amazing images on this site come via the Library of Congress! In December 1941, as a precautionary measure, about 5,000 boxes of materials from the Library of Congress were transported on 29 trucks to three locations of “relative security,” according to the Library of Congress’ records. We can thank Davidson Modern Movers for saving one set of these documents.

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Evacuating materials from the Library of Congress
Evacuating materials from the Library of Congress

About Sam E.

Sam is a new contributor to Ghosts of DC and Ghosts of Baltimore. He has been a long time fan of the website. As someone who can lose hours looking at old pictures and reading about DC history, the blog is a perfect outlet for him to explore the history of the District.

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  • Craig Howell

    So, where were those materials evacuated to, for safe-keeping?

  • Stephen

    Hi Craig. I believe the Declaration of Independence went to Fort Knox as well as the Constitution, so maybe much of it ended up there.