This article may rely excessively on sources too closely associated with the subject, potentially preventing the article from being verifiable and neutral. (November 2018) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
Life and career
Carter is a contributing writer for Washingtonian Magazine and Slate. His work has appeared in outlets such as Atlas Obscura, Vice, Real Clear Defense, and DCist. His work is heavily focused on Washington D.C.’s architecture, geography and history.
In 2016, Carter obtained maps of the District of Columbia compiled during the Cold War by a military intelligence office in the USSR. He noted in a television interview that the maps were far more detailed than contemporaneous public maps, capturing sensitive information about military bases and the layout of utility infrastructure.
In 2017, Carter’s research about the atomic bomb-proof vault that protects the U.S. Constitution led to the rediscovery of a refrigerator-sized electrical model of the vault in the basement of the National Archives. The device was subsequently restored, and now stands in the Archives building on Pennsylvania Avenue beside a commemorative historical plaque.
In 2018 Carter was awarded a grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities “to compile a meticulous anthology of all the tunnels in the District — subway and freight rail tunnels, pedestrian passageways, underground steam tunnels, sewage and water pipelines.” According to an article in CityLab, Carter is using tunnels to explore the “cultural history of the federal government and the city where it sits.”
- Siddiqui, Faiz (June 27, 2016). "Metro 1967 plan: 'SERVICE WILL BE FREQUENT: Air conditioned trains will run every two minutes'". Washington Post.
- Carter, Elliot (November 1, 2018). "Author Page". Slate Magazine.
- Carter, Elliot (November 1, 2018). "Author Page". Washingtonian Magazine.
- Carter, Elliot (January 3, 2018). "What Do You Do When the President Gets Trapped in an Elevator?". Atlas Obscura.
- Carter, Elliot. "Poo Sank This Nazi Submarine".
- Carter, Elliot (March 16, 2015). "The Next Front in the Syrian Civil War: Tunnel Wars". Archived from the original on 2015-03-17.
- Carter, Elliot (October 26, 2016). "This Massive Pool In Bethesda Is Made For Model Ships". DCist.
- Kurzius, Rachel (August 29, 2016). "Check Out These Amazing Soviet Maps Of D.C." DCist.
- Carter, Elliot (December 2, 2016). "Russia Spied on DC for Decades Using This Inaccurate Map".
- Lokay, Jim (August 30, 2016). "Detailed Soviet maps of Washington DC discovered". Fox 5.
- Carter, Elliot (March 6, 2017). "Found: A Miniature Working Model of the National Archives Vault". Atlas Obscura.
- Martine, Powers (October 8, 2018). "Amateur archivist takes on a quest through history — and the D.C. region's extensive tunnel system". Washington Post.
- Small, Andrew (October 30, 2018). "Mapping the Many Tunnels Under Washington, D.C." CityLab.
|This biography of an American historian is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|