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Fairfax County History

Virginia Room Research

Fairfax County History

Formed in 1742, Fairfax County has a long and fruitful history. The Virginia Room, located on the second floor of the City of Fairfax Regional Library, collects, preserves, and makes accessible local history resources. Researchers can find historical information on Fairfax County individuals, locations, and events. This Local History page serves as a guide to some of our local history resources which include:

  • Photographs
  • Yearbooks
  • Local Newspapers
  • Subject Files
  • Archival Collections

This Guide Is Intended For:

  • Researchers interested in the history of their neighborhood
  • Genealogists seeking their Fairfax County ancestors
  • Historians investigating histories of local buildings
  • School alumni searching for old yearbooks
  • Anyone curious about Fairfax County’s history

Questions? Email the Virginia Room: va_room@fairfaxcounty.gov

Local History Library Events

Local History Of Jazz, Part 3: The Infrastructure

Local Jazz Scene Past and Present Brian Slawski from the Burke Historical Society will highlight some of the less obvious institutions that have helped support the local jazz scene past and present…

Date:
Saturday, Dec 4, 2021
Time:
4:00pm - 5:00pm
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Lecture/Workshop

Local History Of The Civilian Conservation Corps

Civilian Conservation Corps-Tree Army Mary Lipsey from the Burke Historical Society will speak on how the Civilian Conservation Corps—President Franklin Roosevelt’s “Tree Army”—impacted l…

Date:
Saturday, Feb 5, 2022
Time:
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:
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Categories:
Lecture/Workshop

Local History of Gold

Gold: Regional History of Mining and Tales of Lost Treasure Brian Slawski from the Burke Historical Society will discuss the science of gold and the regional history of this metal, including mining…

Date:
Wednesday, Apr 6, 2022
Time:
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:
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Categories:
Lecture/Workshop

New Guide to Black History Materials in the Virginia Room

The Virginia Room has created a new guide to research materials relating to Black history in Fairfax County, Virginia. While this guide aims to offer a robust selection of available resources, it is not exhaustive. Included are books, school yearbooks, oral histories, manuscript collections, photographs, and subject files available in the Virginia Room on Black history. This guide will be periodically updated with additional resources.

 Fairfax County Black History Resources 

Virginia Room COVID-19 Project

Beginning in April 2020, the Virginia Room began collecting digital submissions from Fairfax County residents describing their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. About 100 community members contributed approximately 300 items such as photographs, journal entries, poems, and artwork. A small sample of this collection is available for viewing through the FCPL’s Biblioboard Creator platform.

 Fairfax County Public Library COVID-19 Collecting Project 

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