A Checklist of Architectural Books in the Special Collections of the Library of Virginia
African American Church Histories at the Library of Virginia
African American Research at the Library of Virginia to 1870
American Civil War Research Database
Provides military records for over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, with over 17,000 photographs. Information which can be used for statistical analysis such as soldiers’ methods of entry into and exit from the military, age at enlistment, and the number of prisoners taken and casualties incurred during battles is also provided.
American Founding Era: Papers of George Washington Digital Edition
Provides the complete Papers released through 2009: the Colonial Series (1748-1775), Revolutionary War Series (1775-1779), Confederation Series (1784-1788), Presidential Series (1788-1794), Retirement Series (1797-1799) and the complete diaries (1748-1799).
American Founding Era: Papers of James Madison Digital Edition
Contains all of the content of the print edition: the Congressional Series (1751-1801), Secretary of State Series (1801-1805), Presidential Series (1809-1813), and Retirement Series (1817-1820).
American Founding Era: Papers of John Marshall Digital Edition
Presents the complete contents of the print edition (1775-1835) in a fully searchable online format.
American Founding Era: Papers of Thomas Jefferson Digital Edition
Brings together the 40 volumes of the Papers Main Series (1760-1803), volumes 1-11 of the Retirement Series (1809-1817), and volumes 1 and 2 of the Memorandum Books (a look at the daily life of Jefferson).
American Founding Era: People of the Founding Era
Provides biographical information for 64,000 men and women born between 1713 and 1815, drawn from the digitized papers of the founding fathers and other documentary editions of the American Founding Era collection.
Searchable digital images of over 1,100 periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1940, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines, and many other historically-significant periodicals.
AncestryInstitution.com (In Library Use Only)
Access to thousands of databases which include census records, family trees, vital records, historical maps, immigration records, city directories, military records, and much more.
Antique Map Price Record
Includes the most up-to-date information on the antique maps market, compiled from the offerings of hundreds of dealer and auction catalogs. The database currently contains over 80,000 entries, representing thousands of mapmakers, with new listings being routinely added as they become available.
Architectural Drawings and Plans at the Library of Virginia
Best Sources for Virginia Research by Time Period
Biographical Research at the Library of Virginia: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Biography and Genealogy Master Index
An index to reference works containing multiple biographies such as biographical dictionaries, who’s who publications, subject encyclopedias, and literary criticism volumes.
Birth and Marriage (Husband-Wife) Indexes
A guide to the Library's microfilm holdings of indexes to births (1853-1899) and marriages (1853-1935).
Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers
A guide to the Library's microfilm holdings of state vital statistics: births (1853-1896), deaths (1853-1896), and marriages (1853-1935).
Blank Genealogy Chart
Board of Public Works Inventory
A guide to the archival collection illustrating the development of Virginia's roads, canals and railroads during the nineteenth century.
Books in Print
Allows users to determine the publication status of U.S. books, ebooks, audio books, video, and multimedia titles. Users can also create lists of titles using various criteria such as awards won, format, audience category, review sources, and much more.
Bristol Church and Family Cemeteries Index
Brown vs. Board of Education - Fifty Years: Selected Published Materials at the Library of Virginia
Brown, John (See John Brown's Raid)
Burned Jurisdiction Database
Business Economics and Theory
With a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit database, this collection provides academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics. Perfect for business classes, users will find more than 150 full-text journals to support their research.
Chancery Cases Research Note
Civil War in Words and Deeds
Describes these rich court records that often contain useful information for biographical, genealogical, and historical research. Chancery cases often address the division of estates, the dissolution of business partnerships, the resolution of land disputes, and divorce. The Chancery Records Index, including digital images for many counties, is available on Virginia Memory
Regimental histories and first-person accounts compiled in the postwar period and early 20th century which chronicle the highs and lows of army life from 1861 through 1865. These accounts explore the reasons individuals volunteered, the experience of leaving home for the first time and entering camp, the clash of arms, the daily routines of camp life and garrison duty, and the anguish of imprisonment. Soldiers’ attitudes regarding army life, officers and fellow soldiers, the enemy, and the political questions of the war are candidly expressed. This collection comprises, in its entirety, the microfilm collection Travels in the Confederate States, as well as a small number of selected titles from the microfilm collection Travels in the New South I, 1865-1900.
Civil War Records in the Archives
Civil War Records in the Archives
Civil War Records, Using Virginia
Civil War Research Guide
Civil War Resources in the Personal Papers and Military Records Collections at the Library of Virginia, Selected
Civilian Conservation Corps Camps Newspapers
A list of newspaper titles published by Virginia's local Civilian Conservation Corps Camps during the New Deal.
Colonial Records Project, Virginia
Research note explaining how to use the Virginia Colonial Records Project database.
Company History Sources, Virginia
Confederate Navy Index
Confederate Rosters, Index to Virginia
Confederate Veteran Magazine, Index to
A fully-searchable index to the personal names of Confederate soldiers as they appear in the Confederate Veteran magazine published between 1893 and 1932.
County and City Records at the Library of Virginia
County and City Records on Microfilm
County and City Research in Virginia
Culpeper County Classes, 1781
eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
Election Records: Presidential and Congressional Election Returns at the Library of Virginia
Election Records: Published Returns at the Library of Virginia
Election Returns: Gubernatorial and State Office Election Results at the Library of Virginia
A collection of over 16,000 general interest eBooks (fiction and non-fiction) in PDF and EPUB formats. This is a collection of older works, rather than recent releases. It includes over 1,400 U.S. history-related texts, as well as Virginia-specific selections. There are also classics of literature, language study guides, titles for teens and children, and much more. Compatible eBook readers include the Barnes and Noble Nook and the Sony eReader. For additional options, please see the full list
of compatible devices. For links to the EBSCOhost iOS and Android app and technical assistance, visit the EBSCO eBooks and Audiobooks Support Center.
Full-text magazines, newspapers, pictures, maps, and TV & radio transcripts. Includes select coverage of the Daily Press, Roanoke Times & World News, Washington Post, and Washington Times.
Family Coats of Arms, Index to Sources on
Federal Documents Depository Program
fold3 Library Edition
Military records from the Civil War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican American and Early Indian wars, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War. Also provides access to some non-military records such as the African American, Native American and U.S. Bureau of Investigation Case File collections.
From Williamsburg To Wills's Creek: The Fry-Jefferson Map of Virginia, its Predecessors and Derivatives
A one-stop source for articles on many topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature & art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and more.
Gale Directory Library
Includes the Encyclopedia of Associations (national and international organizations) and the Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media. These texts cannot be checked out or downloaded to eBook readers.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
The Gale Virtual Reference Library includes encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These texts can be viewed online, but can't be downloaded to eBook readers.
Genealogical Records at the Library of Virginia
Genealogists, Published Materials for
Genealogy - How To Begin
Governor’s Records, 1776 - 1998, Using Virginia
A fully-indexed and keyword searchable electronic archive of the news and literary journal Harper's Weekly.
Henley Marriage and Obituary Index to Virginia Newspapers
Henry, Patrick (See Sources on Patrick Henry at the Library of Virginia)
Searchable U.S. federal census records for 1790-1820 and 1860-1940, full-text access to thousands of local and family history books, Revolutionary War pension and bounty-land-warrant application files, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) covering over 6,300 genealogy and history periodicals, and Freedman’s Bank records (1865-1874) which are an excellent resource for African-American genealogical research.
Historic Map Works Library Edition
Provides access to over 1.5 million U.S. cadastral (land ownership) maps from the late 1700’s to the present day and thousands of antiquarian maps covering the world (1400’s-1800’s). Includes geocoded maps which can be overlaid with present day Google map images and a Points of Interest Map Finding Tool to help users locate places and geographical features (e.g., buildings, streams, bridges, etc.). Provides access to over 1,000 city directories and to thousands of map-related images of family residences, buildings, advertisements, and more.
Historic Virginia Documents on the Internet
Historical Census Records, Using
Hollywood Cemetery: Selected Resources Available at the Library of Virginia
Madison, James (See American Founding Era: Papers of James Madison Digital Edition)
Magazine Index: Selected Articles on Virginia 1900–1985
Map Books and Periodicals, Many of which Relate to Virginia, Selected Bibliography of
Map Collection in the Archives at the Library of Virginia, Using the
Map Collection Index
Maps of the District of Columbia
Marriage Index for Richmond Enquirer/Richmond Visitor
Marriage Records, Early Virginia
Marriage Records, Index to
U.S. and international company data including annual reports, stock prices, SEC filings, equity and industry reports, and company histories.
Mexican War Soldiers
Military and Intelligence Database
Over 500 titles and more than 7 million articles with links to related sources found in reference books, magazine and newswire articles.
Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia (1700-1950)
Includes diaries, journals and narratives of explorers, emigrants, military men, Native Americans, and travelers. There are also family histories, folklore, and accounts regarding the development of farming and mining communities. These chronicles provide details regarding the social, political, economic, scientific, religious and agricultural characteristics of the communities in the vast region between Lexington, Kentucky and Winchester, Virginia, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Birmingham, Alabama.
Mutual Assurance Society Records
Native American History Sources, Using
Native Americans: Archival Sources, Resources on
Naturalizations, 1657-1776, Virginia
Naturalizations, 1776-1929, Virginia
New Deal in Virginia, The
Digital collection of select issues of more than 5,000 national, local, and foreign newspapers, with some content dating back to the 1700's. Virginia titles with extensive coverage include the Bee (Danville, VA), Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Danville Register, Harrisonburg Daily News Record, Progress Index (Petersburg, VA), Pulaski Southwest Times, Radford News Journal, and Winchester Star.
Newspaper Index: Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond News Leader 1940's–1985
Newspaper research at the Library of Virginia
Newspaper Source Plus
Provides full-text coverage for national and international newspapers and radio/t.v. program transcripts. Virginia content includes select coverage for the Free Lance Star (2002- ), Daily Press (1997-2009; Nov. 2014- ), Carroll News, (2011- ), Progress Index (2008- ), and Virginia Gazette (2009- ). Select historical coverage is provided for the Roanoke Times (1998-2013) and Manassas Journal Messenger (2007-2009).
Newspapers in Virginia Bibliography
A bibliography of American Newspapers cataloged and inventoried by the Virginia Newspaper Project.
Northern Neck Land Proprietary Records
View the research note
for more on searching and using the collection.
Persian Gulf War 1990-1991, Virginia's Participation in the
Petersburg Public Library Newspaper Index
A proper name and subject index covering more than 40 newspaper titles primarily published in Petersburg, Va., 1797-1877.
Proquest Civil War Era (1840-1865)
A digital collection that includes nearly 2,000 pamphlets and complete runs of eight newspaper titles (including Richmond’s Daily Dispatch from 14 January 1852 through 30 December 1865) which were specifically selected for the regional and diverse perspectives they offer.
Proquest Congressional Publications
Proquest Historical Newspapers. Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
Use this resource to locate congressional reports, hearings, bills, laws, and much more. Includes full text access to: the Serial Set 1789-1969 (House and Senate documents/reports and maps), bills & laws (1987-present), vote report (1987-present), and the Congressional Record (1985-present). See FDSYS
for recent House and Senate documents/reports and hearings. For earlier documents see A Century Of Lawmaking
(Library of Congress).
Provides full-text access with digital reproductions of pages.
Proquest Historical Newspapers. The Washington Post (1877-1999)
Provides full-text access with digital reproductions of pages.
Proquest Sanborn Maps Geo Edition (1867-1970)
Historical Virginia fire insurance maps searchable by address or geographic coordinates. Allows maps from different years to be layered on top of each other and over modern street, satellite, and hybrid images.
This resource contains detailed information on more than 14 million U.S. businesses and 89 million U.S. households.
Research in Context
Designed for students in junior high & middle school, this resource gives access to indexed & full-text magazines, newspapers & reference books on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports & more.
Researching in the Archives Collections
Researching Virginia Authors
Researching Virginia Place Names
Revolutionary War Land Office Military Certificates
Revolutionary War Public Service Claims
Revolutionary War Records, Using Virginia
Richmond Times-Dispatch Current (1985-present)
Provides full-text access (no images).
Richmond Times-Dispatch Historical (1903-1986)
Provides full-text access with digital reproductions of pages.
Selected Indexing of Virginia Newspapers
This is a bibliography and guide to newspaper indexes in the collections of the Library of Virginia.
Slavery in Virginia
Small Business Collection
Perfect for business schools and entrepreneurs, this compilation provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories. Users will find over 280 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.
Soldiers of the War of 1812
Sources on Patrick Henry at the Library of Virginia
Spanish American War, 1898; the Philippine Insurrection, 1899—1901; and the China Relief Expedition, 1900—1901, Virginia’s Participation in the
Steps to Establish a Small Business in Virginia
This database is designed for high-school students with access to a variety of indexed & full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, & reference books covering current events, the arts, science, pop culture, health, government, history, sports & more.
Suggested Readings on Virginia History