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From projectile points to computer chips, and from diaries to advertisements, the collections of the Virginia Historical Society consist of a broad range of materials.

Library Catalog

In the Library Catalog, you can search for things like

  • books, journals, newspapers, and articles

  • business and organizational records,

  • Confederate imprints

  • family and personal papers, and other genealogical materials

  • sheet music, broadsides, and maps

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Museum Catalog

Not every item in our collection has been photographed, but you can still learn about what we have by searching our Museum Catalog. In our Museum Catalog, you can search for information on things like

  • objects

  • photographs and glass plate negatives

  • paintings, prints, and postcards

  • weapons and militaria

Items not currently on exhibition are generally available to be viewed by appointment, which may be scheduled with or through the Virginia Historical Society collections manager

Search the Museum Catalog

Please send any collections search engine comments or suggestions to our Star System Manager at starmanager@VirginiaHistory.org.


Are you interested in seeing images of our collection?

We have recently added nearly 1,800 images from the Confederate Memorial Literary Society (CMLS) to our new Digital Collections Catalog. In the coming months, we will be adding photographs of items from our library and museum collections.  

Search our Digital Catalog

Questions or comments about our Digital Collections Catalog? Contact our web manager at weboffice@VirginiaHistory.org.

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