11/02/2011 09:14 am ET | Updated Dec 31, 2011

D.C. In 1968-69: Yale Collection Features Rare Images (PHOTOS)

WASHINGTON -- It's often said that D.C. is a transient city, but streets stick around long after temporary residents cycle in and out. That fact especially rings true when viewing images from Yale University's collection of rare images from 1968 and 1969 by Alexander Lmanian, a part-time photographer for The Associated Press.

The collection includes several poignant images taken on the street during the 1968 riots in the days following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and more lighthearted ones as well, including a Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown and Cherry Blossom Festival ceremonies.

Click through our slideshow below for a peek at what D.C. used to look like.

Alexander Lmanian photographs