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Fit to Print

Fit to Print

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.

Out of the Box

Multiple Exposure

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.

Out of the Box

Out of the Box

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

July 12, 1937. Barbee's X Road Tavern of Fauquier County Was Surveyed

Barbee's X Road Tavern of Fauquier County Was Surveyed

This report describing a house in Fauquier County is a part of the Federal Works Progress Administration's Virginia Historical Inventory project. The program strove to inventory the vernacular architecture and history of buildings constructed before 1860. Many reports, such as this one, included photographs of the building, in some cases providing the only extant visual record for structures th… cont'd »

Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

Flora of Virginia

Flora of Virginia highlights the botanical exploration of from colonial days through 2012's publication of Flora of Virginia, the first statewide flora published since the 1762 Flora Virginica by Johannes Gronovius. The 2012 book identifies nearly 3,200 plant species native to or naturalized in the commonwealth. Since the colonial period, Virginia's flora has been collected, described, and drawn. As a botanist uses language to describe plant, a botanical artist uses pen, ink, pencil, or watercolor to help the reader visualize a plant.


Mapping Inequality

Mapping Inequality

Where you live makes all the difference, but that difference has a history. The current circumstances of Richmond's neighborhoods have roots in state and federal policies that have had lasting effects on concentrations of poverty and growth, lending patterns, homeownership, and educational outcomes for children. Neighborhoods that received a D grade in the 1950s now have a high concentration of...