Genealogy: Virginia, Library and society resource list

Virginia, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (3)

  1. Library of Virginia:  http://www.lva.lib.va.us/
  2. Virginia Genealogical Society:  http://www.vgs.org/
  3. Virginia Historical Society:  http://www.vahistorical.org/

University Archives and Collections (29)

  1. Bridgewater College, Alexander Mack Memorial Library: http://www.bridgewater.edu/departments/library/specialcoll/index.html
  2. Christopher Newport University:   http://www.cnu.edu/library/archives.html
  3. College of William and Mary:   http://www.swem.wm.edu/SpColl/  or http://www.swem.wm.edu/departments/special-collections/
  4. Eastern Mennonite University:   http://www.emu.edu/library/histlib.html
  5. Emory & Henry College:   http://www.library.ehc.edu/archivesnew.html
  6. George Mason University:   http://www.gmu.edu/library/specialcollections/
  7. Hampton University. Archives:   http://www.hamptonu.edu/museum/archives.htm
  8. Hampton University. Peabody Collection:   http://www.hamptonu.edu/UniversityServices/library/collections/Peabody.html
  9. Hollins University:   http://www.hollins.edu/academics/library/services/spe_col.htm
  10. James Madison University:   http://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/  or http://www.lib.jmu.edu/genealogy/genealogy.html
  11. Old Dominion University. Diehn Composers Room:   http://www.lib.odu.edu/musiclib/index.htm
  12. Old Dominion University. Special Collections:   http://www.lib.odu.edu/special/index.htm
  13. Radford University:   http://lib.radford.edu/Archives/
  14. Regent University:   http://www.regent.edu/general/library/services/collections/specialcollections.cfm
  15. Shenandoah University:   http://www.su.edu/library/speccoll.htm
  16. University of Richmond:   http://library.richmond.edu/about/rare.htm
  17. University of Virginia’s College at Wise:   http://lib.wise.virginia.edu/special_collections.htm
  18. University of Virginia. Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry:   http://www.nursing.virginia.edu/centers/cnhi/default.asp
  19. University of Virginia. Health Sciences Library:   http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/library/historical/index.cfm
  20. University of Virginia. Law Library:   http://www.law.virginia.edu/lawweb/lawweb2.nsf/pages/speccoll
  21. University of Virginia. Music Library:   http://www.lib.virginia.edu/MusicLib/guides/cannon.html
  22. University of Virginia. Perdue Archive of Traditional Culture:   http://minerva.acc.virginia.edu/~tradcult/
  23. University of Virginia. Special Collections:   http://www.lib.virginia.edu/speccol/
  24. Virginia Commonwealth University. James Branch Cabell Library:   http://www.library.vcu.edu/jbc/speccoll/speccoll.html
  25. Virginia Commonwealth University. Tompkins-McCaw Library:   http://www.library.vcu.edu/tml/speccoll/
  26. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University:   http://spec.lib.vt.edu/
  27. Virginia State University:   http://library.vsu.edu/Special_Collections.htm
  28. Virginia Union University:   http://www.vuu.edu/library/archives2.htm
  29. Washington and Lee University. Special Collections:   http://library.wlu.edu/research/specialcollections/

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (18)

  1. Alexandria–Alexandria Library:   http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us/lhsc/special_collections_home.html
  2. Arlington–Arlington County Public Library:   http://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/Libraries/history/LibrariesHistoryLocalHistory.aspx
  3. Chesapeake–Chesapeake Central Library:   http://www.chesapeake.lib.va.us/Wallace/wallace_memorial_room.htm
  4. Chesapeake–Chesapeake Public Library, Wallace Room:  http://www.chesapeake.lib.va.us/Services.htm#wallace
  5. Fairfax–Fairfax County Public Library:  http://www.co.fairfax.va.us/library/branches/vr/default.htm
  6. Hampton–Hampton Public Library :  http://www.hampton.va.us/hpl/special-virginiana.html
  7. Handley–Handley Regional Library:   http://www.hrl.lib.state.va.us/handley/services.asp?p=76
  8. Leesburg–Thomas Balch Library:   http://www.leesburgva.org/services/Library/Resources/
  9. Manassas–Prince William Public Library, Bull Run Regional Library, Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center:  http://www.pwcgov.org/default.aspx?topic=040034001060001235
  10. Newport News–Newport News Public Library, Martha Woodruff Hiden Memorial Room:  http://www.newport-news.va.us/library/virgrm/virgana.htm
  11. Norfolk–Norfolk Public Library:   http://www.npl.lib.va.us/sgm/oldlobby/archive.html
  12. Richmond–Library of Virginia:  http://www.lva.lib.va.us/whatwehave/gene/index.htm
  13. Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (5)
  14. Alexandria Archives & Records Cente:   http://oha.ci.alexandria.va.us/archives/
  15. Christopher Newport University:   http://www.cnu.edu/library/archives.html
  16. Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society:  http://www.albemarlehistory.org/library.htm
  17. Jefferson Library:   http://www.monticello.org/library/collections.html
  18. Museum of the Confederacy:   http://www.moc.org/edrese.htm

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. Find It! Virginia:  http://www.finditva.com/cgi-bin/main.cgi

This site allows users to search information from magazine and newspaper articles, TV and radio transcripts, encyclopedia and other reference works, company information and investment reports, health and wellness information, and more.

Digital Library Collections (22)

  1. The Virtual Library of Virginia Image Collections: http://www.vivalib.org/collect/image.html
  2. Rarely Seen Richmond:  http://www.library.vcu.edu/jbc/speccoll/post/
  3. George Mason University, Department of History and Art History, Center for History and New Media:    http://chnm.gmu.edu/
  4. Digital Collections by Subject:   http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.htm
  5. George Mason University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives, Digitized Collections:    http://www.gmu.edu/library/specialcollections/digitize.html
  6. Washington Research Libraries Consortium:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/general-collections-us.html#WRLC-DC
  7. The Library of Virginia, Digital Library Program:    http://www.lva.lib.va.us/whatwedo/digital.htm
  8. Virginia Historical Inventory Digital Project:    http://eagle.vsla.edu/vhi/
  9. Old Dominion University Libraries, Digital Services & Projects:    http://netserv.lib.odu.edu/services/dcenter/
  10. University of Virginia, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities:    http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/
  11. Digital Collections by Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html#BCDL-Links-Subjects
  12. Virginia Center for Digital History:    http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu/
  13. Digital Collections by Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html#BCDL-Links-Subjects
  14. Electronic Text Center:    http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/
  15. Digitizes for Special Collections:    http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/speccol.html
  16. Digital Collections by Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html#BCDL-Links-Subjects
  17. University of Virginia Library, Special Collections Digital Center  http://www.lib.virginia.edu/speccol/scdc/scdc.html
  18. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Digital Library and Archives:   http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/
  19. VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia:    http://www.viva.lib.va.us/
  20. Washington Research Libraries Consortium, WRLC Libraries Digital and Special Collections:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/general-collections-us.html#WRLC-DC#WRLC-DC
  21. Digital Collections by Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html#BCDL-Links-Subject s
  22. Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD:   http://www.theses.org/