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The Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake Bay Region,
ca. 1600-1925 comprises 139 books selected from the Library of Congress's General
Collections and two books from its Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
The collection includes first-person narratives, early histories, historical biographies,
promotional brochures, and books of photographs that capture in words and pictures a
distinctive region as it developed between the onset of European settlement and the
first quarter of the twentieth century.
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perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congress does not endorse the views expressed in these collections, which may
contain materials offensive to some readers.
Special Presentation: Pictures of People and Places from the Collection.
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