Dr. Garry Young
Director, CWAS


Center for Washington Area Studies - Publications

In the past CWAS commission a variety of studies on the Washington area that were then made available for sale. We no longer offer bound copies for sale but do make the studies available as free pdfs below.

Monographs | Occasional Papers


M4 The First Women Washington Correspondents - Maurine Hoffman Beasley (1976). The challenge of seven ante-bellum women as they struggled in the male-dominated arena of Washington correspondents. 28 pages.

M6 Ancient Washington: Indian Cultures of the Potomac Valley- Robert L. Humphrey and Mary Elizabeth Chamber (1977). Archeological research maintains that members of the Piscata Tribe were ancient Washingtonians. Their problems began with 17th century European settlers and continue to this day. 36 pages.

M7 Foggy Bottom 1800 - 1975: A Study of Uses of an Urban Neighborhood- Suzanne Berry Sherwood (1978). Explains how the interrelationships of geographical location and economy demand shaped the character of this once sleepy Washington neighborhood. 70 pages

M8 A Selected Bibliography for Washington and Descriptions of Major Local Collections - Perry G. Fisher and Linda J. Lear (1981). Describes various repositories of Washington with commentary on quality and utility. 76 pages.

M9 Gentrification of Adams Morgan: Political and Commercial Consequences of Neighborhood Change - Jeffrey R. Henig (1982). The uneven process of gentrification and its impact on rich and poor, black and white, residential and commercial interests. 67 pages.

M10 Images of Brookland: The History and Architecture of a Washington Suburb - George W. McDaniel and John N. Pearce, Editors (1982). Historical and contemporary study of a Washington streetcar and railroad suburb (1887- 1980). Richly illustrated, it examines urban development patterns, architecture, institutions and family history. 78 pages.

M11 Evidence of Community: Writing from the Jenny McKean Moore Workshops at The George Washington University - David McAleavey, Editor (1984). This highly selective anthology reveals a diversity of topics and styles among Washington’s creative writers. 114 pages.

M13 Links in the Chain: Greenbelt, Maryland and the New Town Movement in America - Susan L. Klaus (1987). Annotated bibliography from the urban planning and historical literature of the Greenbelt tradition and the new towns movement. Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of the federal Greenbelt towns. 62 pages.

M14 Port Town to Urban Neighborhood: The Georgetown Waterfront of Washington, D.C. 1880 - 1920 - Kathryn Schneider Smith (1989). Draws upon a diverse array of interviews and data to document the economic and social changes that shaped this urban neighborhood. Includes maps and historic photographs. 148 pages.

M15 Civics, Commerce and Community: The History of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, 1889 - 1989 - Jessica Ivy Elfenbein, with William Becker and Howard Gillette, Jr. (1989). The evolution of an organization representing local business interests in a city long dominated by national governmental concerns. Documents the increasing sophistication of the group as it comes to terms with the changing political environment following Home Rule. 127 pages.

SC Southern City: National Ambition, The Growth of Early Washington, D.C., 1800 - 1860 - Howard Gillette, Editor. Essays exploring the dual character of the city and the effects of this on its architecture, gender issues, and the African American community. 111 pages.

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Occasional Papers

01 Historical Perspectives on Urban Design: Washington, D.C., 1890- 1910 - Antoinette J. Lee, Editor (1983). Essays on the often-neglected McMillan Plan of Washington, its origins and influences, some unique interpretations, and today’s evolving appreciation. 29 pages

02 Citizens Against Crime: An Assessment of the Neighborhood Watch Program in Washington, D.C. - Jeffrey R. Henig (1984). A pilot study of the effectiveness of citizens in organizing against crime in one particular police district. 45 pages.

03 Street Vending in Washington, D.C.: Reassessing the Regulation of a "Public Nuisance" - Roberta M. Spalter-Roth and Eileen Zeitz (1985). Examines women’s concerns with employment opportunity and street safety in the debate on street vending as a public nuisance or a public asset. 50 pages.

04 Black and White Urban-to-Suburban Outmigrants: A Comparative Analysis 1975 - 1980 - Dennis E. Gale and George and Eunice Grier (1986). Analysis of the Public Use Microdata Sample for the Washington Metropolitan Area to compare suburbanization patterns among black and white households. 46 pages.

05 Choice in Public Schools: An Analysis of Transfer Requests Among Magnet Schools in Montgomery County - Jeffrey R. Henig (1989). Analyzes the relationship between applications to transfer into fourteen elementary-level magnet schools in Montgomery County, Maryland and characteristics of those schools. 14 pages. To download a version of this paper in PDF format click here. 

06 The Impact of Historic District Designation in Washington, D.C.- Dennis E. Gale (1989). Examines the impact of historic designation on property values and household displacement in residential neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. 27 pages.

07 Jurisdictional Competition Between Obstetricians and Nurse-Midwives in Washington, D.C. - Phyllis A. Langton (1991). Analyzes obstetricians’ explanations for why they choose not to provide medical back up for nurse-midwives who want to practice independently. 45 pages

08 An Analytic Profile of Hispanic Organizations of the Washington Area - Tia Ann Murchie-Beyma (1991). Overview 56 pages.

09 An Annotated Directory of Hispanic Organizations of the Washington Area -- Tia Ann Murchie-Beyma (1991). Profiles of each of the 83 groups surveyed, including names of officers and phone numbers, when the groups were formed, descriptions of the members or clients, funding levels and sources, and the primary issues with which they are concerned.

***Also available in Spanish.

010 The Impact of "Motor Voter" Registration in the District of Columbia- Susan L. Wiley (1992). Analysis of the registration and voting records of more than 300,000 citizens concludes that greater ease of registration increased the voter rolls and had a nominal but positive impact on voter turnout. 19 pages.

011 Community Involvement in Public Education: Parents United for the D.C. Public Schools - Anna Speicher (1992). Assesses the tactics and influence of D.C.’s best-known citizen’s group working for reform of the local public schools. 35 pages.

012 Aids Care in Six Washington, D.C. Area Hospices: Satisfactions and Stresses Among Professional Caregivers - Carole Hoare and Honey Nashman (1994). Examines hospice professionals’ perceptions of satisfactions and of stress in caring for patients with AIDS. 32 pages.

013 Racial Patterns in the 1994 DC Mayoral Primary: Beyond the Hand Wringing - Jeffrey R. Henig (1994). Examines Marion Barry’s nomination as a reflection of the relationship between voting patterns and racial and class composition of D.C. precincts. 13 pages.

014 The Mixed Blessings of Success: The Hecht Company and Department Store Branch Development After World War II - Richard Longstreth. Explores the expansion of Hecht’s and other Washington area department stores to the suburbs in the context of changes in architectural styles and consumer needs. 15 pages.

CA Selected Theses and Dissertations on the Washington, D.C. Region- Compiled by Rita A. Calvan (1982). Research from area universities since 1940 in history, architecture, art, planning, political life and government, private and non-private sector activities, social science, operations research, natural science and geography. 58 pages

015 Analysis of Jack Kemp’s Proposals for the District of Columbia- A working paper prepared by an ad hoc committee of professors of The George Washington University, (1995). This report assesses the potential effects of the flat tax rate plan, including the enhancement of economic growth within the District. 39 pages.

016 Tenant-Mobility Programs VS. Project Based Housing as a Vehicle for Deconcentrating Minorities and the Poor: Some Evidence from the Washington Metropolitan Area - Jeffrey R. Henig, John Hartung (1995). The distribution of tenants using Section 8 housing certificates and housing vouchers throughout the metro region and how that distribution is affected by neighborhood characteristics. 24 pages.

017 The Nonprofit Sector: The Heart of Greater Washington - Assessing the Impact of the District’s Fiscal Crisis - Jeffrey R. Henig, (1995). Explores the stresses on community based nonprofit organizations due to interruptions and uncertainties in public funding. Based on a survey of 94 organizations. 54 pages.

018 Human Service Delivery in a Changing Funding Environment - Washington Area Nonprofit in an Era of Donor Choice - Joseph J. Cordes, Jeffrey R. Henig, Jennifer L. Saunders, Eric C. Twombly (1997). Assesses the impact of changing United Way funding policies on nonprofit human service providers in the Washington metropolitan area. Includes analysis of a survey of one thousand households about charitable giving patterns and preferences and a survey of over one hundred nonprofits about changes in funding and service delivery during the early 1990s. 98 pages.

019 Making a Choice, Making a Difference?: An Evaluation of Charter Schools in the District of Columbia. Jeffrey R. Henig, Michele Moser, Thomas Holyoke, and Natalie Lacireno-Paquet (1999). Report prepared for the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation. Based on extensive interviews, explores problems and opportunities associated with the District’s experiment with charter schools. Extensive figures and tables, 104 pages.

020 Growing Pains:  An Evaluation of Charter Schools in the District of Columbia; 1999-2000.  Jeffrey R. Henig, Thomas Holyoke, Natalie Lacireno-Paquet, and Michele Moser (2001). Report prepared for the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation. A preliminary evaluation of the performance of charter schools in the District of Columbia. Extensive figures and tables, 106 pages. To download a version of this paper in PDF format click here.  A hard copy version of the paper may be ordered from the Center for a charge of $10.00.

022 Washington's Newcomers: Mapping a New City of Immigration. Samantha Friedman, Ivan Cheung, Marie Price, and Audrey Singer. Recent census figures confirm popular impressions that the United States is a magnet for immigrants, and the Washington metropolitan area is among the destinations exerting the strongest pull. A report just released by George Washington University’s Center for Washington Area Studies (CWAS) provides new details about where recent immigrants are settling within the region, and finds evidence that runs counter to some common expectations. 

023 Experiencing Residential Segregation: A Contemporary Study of Washington, D.C.  Gregory Squires, Samantha Friedman, and Catherine E. Saidat.  Explicit considerations of race and unlawful racial discrimination persist as critical factors in the continuing segregation of urban housing markets. Based on a telephone survey of Washington, D.C. households, this study finds that current black households were almost twice as likely as whites to not get their first choice when they moved into their current homes, more than one-fourth of black householders report that they or someone they know experienced discrimination in their efforts to obtain housing or housing finance within the past three years, and whites are more than four times as likely as blacks to believe that equal opportunity exists in the current housing market. These relationships persist after controlling on several socio-economic characteristics (income, education, housing tenure) of households. Several policy options are recommended for ameliorating racial segregation in urban housing markets.  To download a copy of the text of the paper click here.