Virginia Memory, Library of Virginia


The initial development of this educational content was made possible through a grant from the Elis Olssen Foundation and the commitment of Library of Virginia interns and the Educational Advisory Council. Engage your students with history! Develop their powers of analysis and inquiry by guiding them to examine and study a historical source. Use these analysis sheets with any historical source to guide their exploration. ATTACK the Source (Elementary) You are CLEVER enough to examine a historical source (Middle) Historical Source Analysis Sheet (Middle) Historical Source Analysis Sheet(High)

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Unknown No Longer

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture launched Unknown No Longer in 2011 to make accessible biographical details of enslaved Virginians from unpublished historical records in its collections. Beginning in 2019 the unique content of Unknown No Longer is available through the Library of Virginia's Virginia Untold: African American Narrative, providing users with access to an expanded collection of resources for researching African American history in Virginia.

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Virginia Yearbooks Digital Project

A Library of Virginia partnership with Virginia's local public libraries to digitize and make publicly accessible yearbook collections in libraries across the commonwealth Funded through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), a program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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Custis-Lee-Mason Family Papers Digital Collection

Digital collection of the Papers, 1756-1863, of the Custis, Lee, and Mason families of Virginia, consisting of correspondence to and from members of these families. The Custis family correspondence, 1756-1844, contains mainly correspondence to Mary Lee ...

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Electoral College Digital Collection

The Electoral College Digital Collection makes accessible the records of Virginia's Electoral College from 1789 to the present. The collection contains the Journal of Electors of Virginia, 1804-1856, 1876 and 1889, election certificates, and certificates of vote and ascertainment. Unfortunately, not all of Virginia's Electoral College records are extant. We have no records from 1792, 1800, 1872, 1880, 1892, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1920, 1928, and 1992

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Travel Brochures Digital Collection

For more than a century, Virginia tourism brochures have enticed potential travelers with handsome graphics and tantalizing text. Generally consisting of a single large sheet, printed on both sides, and folded into a pocket-sized format, travel brochures were created not only to advertise the attractions but also to provide information on how to get there, nearby accommodations, seasonal events, and more. The Library of Virginia's collections are rich in travel-related ephemera from the 1930s through the 1950s, a period that saw a substantial increase in both the number of visitors and in the number and type of tourist destinations promoted throughout the commonwealth. Offered here are digital versions of more than a hundred eye-catching brochure covers from the collection.

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Willis M. Carter Digital Collection

Willis McGlascoe Carter was born in Albemarle County, Virginia, to Samuel Carter and Rhoda Brown Carter. Born into slavery the first of eleven children, Carter was educated at Wayland Seminary in Washington D.C., became a teacher, a newspaper editor, and a statesman and political activist respected for his work to promote African American political rights and educational opportunities. This digital collection contains a sample of items from the larger, print collection held in the Private Papers Collection at the Library of Virginia.

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Benjamin Henry Latrobe Collection

Works of Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820). Born in England, Latrobe worked as an engineer and surveyor, before turning to architecture. Latrobe began his architectural career in the office of Samuel Pepys Cockerell, a leading neoclassical architect. In 1796, Latrobe immigrated to Virginia, where he quickly secured architectural commissions for both residences and public buildings, including the Virginia State Penitentiary (constructed from 1797-1806). Following the planning for that structure, Latrobe spent the next two years working on his Essay on Landscape sketchbooks (1798-1799). Latrobe became a skilled architect, designing many important public buildings, public works, residences and churches throughout the nation.