Celebrate Women's

History Month

Celebrate National Women’s History Month by visiting the Library’s current exhibition, We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia, which ends on May 28. Visit the Exhibition Gallery to see these remarkable Virginia suffragists recognized for their important achievements and contributions.


The Virginia Shop Honors Women’s History

In celebration of Women's History Month, take 20% off all merchandise from our We Demand exhibition in store and online!


Governor Northam

Announces Appointments to the State Historical Records Advisory Board

The State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) serves as the central advisory body for historical records planning and related projects developed and carried out by the state. Board members serve three-year terms. The SHRAB is funded by a grant from the National Historical Records and Publications Commission, the grant-making affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration. The Library of Virginia administers the grant and State Archivist Mike Strom serves as the board’s coordinator.


Be the Author of Your Legacy

Legacy gifts provide meaningful charitable support to ensure that the Library of Virginia remains an empowering resource in the life of every Virginian. Depending on the planned giving option, donors may receive valuable tax benefits, potential lifetime income, and the ability to transfer assets at a reduced tax cost. For a confidential conversation or to let us know you have included the Library of Virginia in your estate plans, please contact Elaine McFadden, assistant director of development, at elaine.mcfadden@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3592. Learn more here.


Library Joins Other State Archives to Improve Transcription Platform

Thanks to a generous $5,000 donation from the Friends of the Virginia State Archives, the Library of Virginia is one of seven state archives supporting the advancement of transcription technologies on the platform FromThePage.


From the UncommonWealth blog:

“Her prospects of election”: Virginia Women Run for Office

"The political woman will be a menace,” warned anti-suffragists during the campaign for women’s voting rights. Not only would women in politics threaten the family and society, they would “degrade themselves,” by joining political parties and participating in political activities. A few Virginia women did not let such warnings deter them from jumping to the political arena. As a result of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in August 1920, Virginia women could vote in that year’s presidential election. And once they were voters, they were also eligible to run for office.