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Our collections consist of a wide range of objects, including books and bound serials, Confederate imprints, sheet music, broadsides, newspapers, family and personal papers, business and organizational records, genealogical materials, maps, paintings, prints, postcards, weapons, militaria, glass plate negatives, and photographs from the nineteenth century to the present. 

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Admission to the library is free for Virginia Historical Society members and is included with suggested admission to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture for all other visitors.

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Interested in researcher resources?

Discover hidden treasures in the VHS collection by exploring different themes in Virginia history.
View the Virginia History Explorer
Search the Virginia Historical Society collection and explore the wide range of items we hold.
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Search the Collections
Our knowledgeable staff and vast resources are ready to assist you with your research
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Unknown No Longer is a database of the names of all the enslaved Virginians that appear in our unpublished documents.
Find out more about Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names
Unknown No Longer
These records are presented here to allow students of historic gardens to trace the development and contributions of the club's efforts in Virginia.
Find out more about The Garden Club of Virginia Historic Restorations Project
Are you interested in having a digital or print reproduction made of one of our collections items?
Find out more about Photocopies and Digital Reproductions
Discover the RBHC's vast collection of Virginia business materials.
Find out more about Reynolds Business History Center
Learn about the Virginia Magazine of History & Biography, the quarterly journal of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.
Find out more about Virginia Magazine of History & Biography
Virginia Magazine of History & Biography, vol. 126, no. 3
Do you have materials you think might be of interest to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture?
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From edited primary source documents to scholarly studies and exhibition catalogs, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture has published many quality histo
Find out more about Books and research guides
Books and Guides