Archives Month celebrates those institutions and individuals that help preserve and make accessible the important records of our actions as citizens, businesses, religious groups, government and society. The work of these institutions and individuals gives us a sense of being part of a larger picture and helps us begin to see ourselves connected to others: family, community, nation, or a group defined by ethnicity, religion, work or play.
Since 2002, the Library of Virginia, in conjunction with the Virginia Caucus of the Mid–Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) and the Library of Virginia Foundation, has produced a poster commemorating the commonwealth's archival and special collections repositories and the rich, cultural record they protect. Cultural heritage repositories from across the state have contributed to the Archives Month celebration by hosting events and sharing images for inclusion on the poster and related Web site.
The Library of Virginia hosts an ongoing Book Talk Series, sponsored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, featuring authors of works on Virginia subjects and Virginia authors (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) discussing their research and writing. These near-weekly offerings cover topics ranging from Virginia’s role in the founding of the United States to the legacy of the Civil War to the many facets of the civil rights struggle in Virginia and nearly everything in between. The series allows the audience the opportunity to listen to and interact with a variety of scholars and literary artists, as well as to purchase their latest publications and have them autographed by the authors. As an added bonus, one attendee at each of our book events wins a free copy of the featured book.
Recent featured authors include 2008 National Book Award winner Annette Gordon-Reed and 2007 National Book Award finalist Woody Holton, New York Times best-selling authors David Baldacci and Adriana Trigiani, former CBS news anchor Roger Mudd and former Virginia governor Linwood Holton, Pulitzer Prize–winners Tony Horwitz and Geraldine Brooks, and award-winning poet and current poet laureate of Virginia Claudia Emerson.
Mining the Treasure House Lecture Series
The Library’s Virginia Heritage Resource Center offers this series of lectures by researchers and subject specialists showcasing the contents of the Library’s many collections, projects, and materials and their potential for research. Since 1997 speakers have included some fifty Library staff members; academic lecturers such as Peter Onuf, Warren Billings, Philip Schwarz, and J. Jefferson Looney; and many independent researchers including archaeologist Lyle Browning, genealogist Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis, and map specialist Richard Stephenson.
We invite you to view our upcoming book talks as well as a listing of audio and video recordings of previous book talks. For a complete history of our book talks and other events please use our events calendar.
Our quarterly magazine describes and illustrates the holdings and happenings at the Library of Virginia. Discover fascinating items from the collections as well as events, exhibitions, educational programs, and opportunities to become more involved. Sign up to receive Broadside and browse past issues.
Dictionary of Virginia Biography
The Library's ongoing Dictionary of Virginia Biography project is the first scholarly, comprehensive biographical reference work covering all centuries, regions, and categories of Virginia's history and culture. From Ashuaquid to Arthur Ashe, many of the entries offer the first reliable biography ever printed about their subjects. This dynamic, authoritative project is rewriting Virginia history, one life at a time. Through a partnership with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, entries from the DVB are being adapted and digitally published on Encyclopedia Virginia, an online platform in which biographies will be enhanced with digital media and primary source material, often from Library of Virginia collections.
Genealogy Workshop Series at the Library of Virginia
The Library of Virginia houses a vast collection of materials and records documenting the lives of Virginians. Delving into those records to explore your family’s history can be an immensely satisfying and rewarding experience. We are now offering an ongoing
series of workshops to help you with your quest. Geared to all levels of expertise, the workshops will explore our collections and offer advice on how to organize your research.
Future plans for the program include half- and full-day workshops, multiday conferences, and online webinars—with content for beginner, intermediate, and experienced genealogists.
November 21, 1:30 PM–4:00 PM
Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor
To register, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/researching-your-war-of-1812-ancestor-tickets-11494348907
December 4, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Online Genealogy Resources
To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-genealogy-resources-tickets-12806738299
Strong Men & Women in Virginia History (formally known as African American Trailblazers)
The Library of Virginia has joined forces with Dominion Virginia Power to form a new program. Dominion’s Strong Men & Women: Excellence in Leadership series and the Library of Virginia’s African American Trailblazers in Virginia History are now one program — Strong Men & Women in Virginia History. This new program, which will operate in Virginia only, was inaugurated in January 2013 when eight honorees were announced.
Each autumn, the Library of Virginia hosts the Annual Virginia Literary Awards Celebration. This gala event, sponsored by Dominion, attracts authors, publishers, and those who enjoy the written word. It's a wonderful opportunity to meet and engage promising new authors, as well as literary legends. Seven different awards are presented at the celebration.
Virginia Memory is your portal to the Library's rich and varied digital collections. We have been providing digital access to select collections since the mid-1990's. Many researchers, including genealogists, legal experts, title researchers, historians and students have benefited greatly from online access to collections such as Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants, photograph collections, military service records, and chancery court records.
While continuing to offer these traditional digital collections, Virginia Memory also offers a whole host of new, ever-evolving digital resources, including articles written by staff, lesson plans, a chronology of Virginia history, and This Day in Virginia History, all using the Library's collections of photographs, archival and manuscript items, and print materials. Online versions of our exhibitions are also available here. You can also sign up for RSS feeds so you'll know when we add new collections and features.
Virginia Women in History
The Library of Virginia's Virginia Women in History program celebrates women's accomplishments in all walks of life. The Library sponsors statewide activities that include a traveling exhibition, educational resources tied to the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs), and an evening event in March to recognize our current honorees. Virginia Women in History is supported by the Virginia Business and Professional Women's Fund.
The Library of Virginia offers exhibitions that explore a wide variety of the commonwealth’s political, social, and cultural history. The exhibition program promotes interest in and use of the collections and services of the Library of Virginia. In addition to using materials from the Library's collections, the exhibitions also incorporate materials from the larger library and museum community. Children’s activity booklets provide age-appropriate interpretation of each exhibition for our youngest visitors. For information on our current exhibitions, please see our News & Events calendar.
Online versions available on Virginia Memory include key themes and artifacts from the current, as well as past exhibitions.