CCRP Grant Review Board Approves 96 Projects Totaling $1.6 Million

The Circuit Court Records Preservation Program (CCRP) Grant Review Board awarded 96 records preservation grants totaling $1,633,800 to 95 circuit courts across the commonwealth at its meeting last month. The preservation projects include professional conservation treatment for almost 350 items such as marriage licenses and deed, will, plat, land tax, and minute books that had suffered damage from use, age, pests, water, or previous nonprofessional repairs. The Library’s Government Records Division administers the program.


We Demand and Unfinished Business Exhibitions Continue into May

Even after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, many people in the United States were denied the right to vote because of race, ethnicity, age, or other factors. Unfinished Business, an exhibition that complements We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia, examines the ongoing struggle to provide access to the vote, one of the most powerful tools in a representative democracy. Unfinished Business resources are also available online and explored in an UncommonWealth blog series.


Find Puzzles, Books, and More at the Virginia Shop!

The Virginia Shop is here to support indoor hobbies! Browse our online store for puzzles, books, and genealogy resources to keep yourself busy this winter.


Library of Virginia Featured on the Smithsonian Channel

Look for a cameo by the Library of Virginia in season two of America's Hidden Stories on the Smithsonian Channel. Southern Women, Union Spies, the episode airing February 1, 2021, at 8:00 PM EST, features documents from the Library’s collections related to Richmond resident Elizabeth Van Lew, who operated a spy ring in the Confederate capital during the Civil War.


Explore Volunteer Opportunities through “Making History with LVA”

Crowdsource with us! The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, we seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowdsourcing their contents. Beginning January 23, 2021, join us for Making History with LVA, a series of monthly virtual volunteer sessions.


From the UncommonWealth blog:

Records of the Revolution: John Todd and the George Rogers Clark Illinois Expedition

John Todd’s account book and journal, which spans November 1779 to January 1780, recounts his travels from Kaskaskia to the Falls of the Ohio and on to Louisville, noting his travels by boat, items purchased (flints, blankets, spirits, ammunition, linen, salt), and the weather. He also noted the purchase of a house, his receiving of an appointment from the governor, the names of those he stayed and traveled with, and an incident in which some men were killed and taken prisoner by Native Americans.


Saturday, January 23

Making History with LVA