With over 3,000 Virginia titles and literally millions of pages from all over the Commonwealth, Fit To Print was created by the Virginia Newspaper Project to provide an informal gateway to the varied newspaper collections at the LVA. The collections range from 18th century newspapers published on fine rag paper to very elegant broadsides from the 19th century to the information packed dailies of the 20th century.
With more than 500,000 items, the Prints and Photographs Collection at the Library of Virginia provides an astonishing visual account of the commonwealth-from its beginnings to the present-through single items, such as one-of-a-kind daguerreotypes, to sprawling collections with many thousands of photos and related documentation, and everything in between.
What do archivists do? What does it take to care for and make available the commonwealth's documentary heritage? Join the Library's archivists for a weekly discussion about their work and their journeys through the records, as they find interesting and unique items to share on their new blog Out of the Box...
This Day In Virginia History
The Washington National Monument Society's Board of Managers sent this letter of solicitation to enlist students in raising funds for the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. The society implored the nation's estimated three million students to contribute all “as may be convenient.” This letter was probably sent to most Virginia schools. The monument was begun in 1848, but constr… cont'd »
A new photography exhibition at the Library of Virginia—No Vacancy: Remnants of Virginia's Roadside Culture—will focus on a selection of motels and tourist courts found along Virginia's historic Route 1, weaving the individual stories into their historical context. The more than 25 historic and contemporary photographs and accompanying text in the exhibition will highlight architectural elements, present the significance of race and class in the history of travel, and demonstrate how the perception and operation of motels have changed over time.
The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia is an exhibition of more than one hundred historic and contemporary photographs exploring the complex and multi-faceted relationships that have existed between Virginians and their animals since the advent of photography. The physical exhibition will be on display in the Library of Virginia's lobby from June 10, 2013 through February 22, 2014.
The WPA Historic Houses Drawings Collection includes 140 drawings in pen-and-ink, pencil, and watercolor of houses, courthouses, churches, mill houses, and taverns, representing 39 Virginia counties. From 1932 to 1937, the Virginia State Commission on Conservation and Development's Division of History and Archaeology received funds from the Works Progress Administration's (WPA) Federal Art Project to commission five artists...