There are innumerable books about Washington DC’s history and architecture, and the people who have lived here. Below are a handful that touch upon people, places, and events with a connection to Tenleytown.
* indicates books and items that are in the local history reference collection (non-circulating) at Tenley-Friendship Library.
Alota, Amy. George Washington Never Slept Here: Stories Behind Street Names of Washington, DC. Chicago: Bonus Books, 1993
*Archeological Reports (DC Historic Preservation Office)
*Biard, Dorothy and Frank Haendler. “Grant Road in Tenleytown, Northwest Washington: A Historic District in DC.” Washington, DC, 2000.
*Cooling, Benjamin Franklin III. Jubal Early’s Raid on Washington, 1864
*Cooling, Benjamin Franklin III and Walton H. Owen II. Mr. Lincoln’s Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington, 2nd ed. Lanham, MD, Scarecrow Press, 2010. (First edition 1988).
*Cortez, Irina. “History of an Age: From Fort Reno to Reno City, 1865-1940.” Rock Creek National Park, 2003 (DCSHPO Archaeological Report # 357)
*Cultural Tourism DC. District of Columbia Heritage Trails. Spanish and English compendium off brochures
DeFerrari, John. Capital Streetcars. Charleston, SC, History Press, 2015.
Dilts, Bryon Lee. 1870 Index District of Columbia Census Index. Salt Lake City, UT, 1985
*Dryden, Steve. Peirce Mill: Two Hundred Years in the Nation’s Capital. Washington, DC, Bergamot, 2009.
Fitzpatrick, Mark. Spies, Bombs, and Beyond: A Walking History of Washington DC’s Tenleytown. Washington, DC, Minuteman Press Ham Lake MN, 2020
*Footsteps: Historical Walking Tours of Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, Tenleytown, Friendship. Washington, DC, Neighborhood Planning Councils 2 and 3, 1976,
Flanagan, Neal. “The Battle of Fort Reno.” Washington City Paper, 11/2/2017 https://washingtoncitypaper.com/article/188488/the-battle-of-fort-reno/
Goode, James M. Capital Houses: Historic Residences of Washington D.C. and Its Environs, 1735-1965. Acanthus Press, 2015. (includes Dumblane)
*Hanrahan, Jeanne Beck and Ginny Callanen. Janney Days 1925-2000: A Brief History of Bernard T. Janney Elementary School. Washington, DC, 2001.
*Helm, Judith Beck. Tenleytown, DC: Country Village into City Neighborhood. Washington, DC, Tennelly Press, 1981, 2000. (extensive history of Tenleytown)
*Heyden, Neil. “The Fort Reno Community: The Conversion and Its Causes.” 1981
*Historic Resources Survey of Tenleytown, Washington, DC, Tenleytown Historical Society, 2003.
*Johnston, James H. and Margaret Loughborough. The Recollections of Margaret Cabell Brown Loughborough. Lanham, MD, Hamilton Books, 2010
*Ladies of St. Ann’s. Cook’s Delight Tenley Town Treats: A Book of Favorite Recipes
*Lalley, Thomas L. “History of St. Ann’s Church.” The Catholic History Society of Washington Newsletter 2003-2005, Potomac Catholic Heritage 2007.
Leech, Margaret. Reveille in Washington: 1860-1865. NYRB Classics, Illustrated edition, 2011 (1st edition 1941).
*Long, Carolyn. The 100th Anniversary of Armesleigh Park: An Early Twentieth-Century Suburb in Tenleytown. Washington, DC, Tenleytown Historical Society, 2020
Macintyre, Ben. A Spy Among Friends:Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal. Crown, 2015.
Mikhalevsky, Nina,. Dear Daughters: A History of Mount Vernon Seminary and College. Washington, DC, Mount Vernon Seminary and College Alumnae Association, 2001.
Miller, Iris. Washington in Maps, 1606-2000, New York, Rizzoli International Publications, 2002.
Mundy, Liza. Code Girls: The Untold Story of teh American Women Code Breakers of World War II. Hachette Press, 2018.
Nilsson, Dex, The Names of Washington, DC. Rockville, MD, Twinbrook Communications, 1998.
*Origins. Washington, DC, Neighborhood Planning Councils 2 and 3. c. 1974
*Origins II. Washington, DC Neighborhood Planning Councils 2 and 3. c. 1975
*O’Sullivan, Sister Mary Cecilia. A Century of Caring: The Sisters of Bon Secours in the United States, 1881-1981, York, PA, The Maple Press Company, 1982.
Pippenger, Wesley E. DC Ancestors: A Guide to Records of DC. Westminster, MD, Willow Bend Books, 2009.
*Plans to Prosper You: Reflections of Black Resistance and Resilience in Montgomery County’s Potomac River Valley. American University Museum Project Space, 2019
*Provine, Dorothy. Compensated Emancipation in the District of Columbia: Petitions under the Act of April 16, 1862. Westminster, MD, Willow Bend Books, 2005.
Provine, Dorothy, Index to District of Columbia Wills: 1801-1920. Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing, 1992.
*Rispin, Amy. A History of Brookdale. Brookdale, MD: Citizens Association, 2013
*St. Ann’s Church Centennial History. South Hackensack, NJ: Custombrook Inc., 1969
Scott, Pamela. A Directory of District of Columbia Architects, 1822-1960. Washington, DC; DC Historic Preservation Office, September 1999.
Scott, Pamela and Antoinette J. Lee, Buildings of the District of Columbia. New York, Oxford Press, 1993.
Sluby, Paul E, Sr. Bury Me Deep: Burial Places Past and Present in and Nearby Washington, DC, A Historical Review and Reference Manual. Washington, DC, 2009.
Sluby, Paul E. and Stanton L. Wormley. Selected Small Cemeteries of Washington, DC. Washington, DC, Columbian Harmony Society (private printing), 1987.
Smith, Katherine Schneider. Washington at Home: An Illustrated History of the Neighborhoods in the Nation’s Capital, 2nd ed. Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010 (First edition 1988).
Solomon, Burt. The Washington Century: Three Families and the Shaping of the Nation’s Capital. Harper Perennial, 2005 (features Morris Cafritz, who developed some of AU Park)
Spilsbury, Gail. Rock Creek Park. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
Thompson, Nancy F. and Eugene A. Facets of Faith. Washington, DC, The National Presbyterian Church Communications Committee, 2011.
Torrey, Barbara Boyle and Clara Myrick Green. Between Freedom and Equality: The History of an African American Family in Washington, DC. Georgetown Univeristy Press, 2021. (The story of the George Pointer and his descendants, who lived in Chevy Chase, DC.)
Williams, Ada Hume. Aunt Ada’s Diary: A Life in 1918 Washington, DC. Washington, DC, 2012.
*Williams, Kim Protho. Rural Remnants of Washington County: An Architectural Survey of Washington’s Historic Farms and Estates. DC Historic Preservation Office, 2013
*Williams, Kim Protho. Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, DC. Charleston, SC, History Press, 2018
Wirz, Hans & Richard Striner. Washington Deco: Art Deco in the Nation’s Capital. Washington, DC, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1984.
*Woodrow Wilson HS Alumni Association. “A History of Woodrow Wilson High School.”
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