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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 Indended 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:

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Project

One Community, Many Stories: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage in Fairfax County is a project to gather digital content from people of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage who live or work in Fairfax County.

Please consider contributing your story or images to help others understand the history, experiences, and contributions of people of AAIP heritage in Fairfax County. A selection of contributions will appear on the Library’s Biblioboard Creator public digital platform. The project is a collaboration between FCPL’s Diversity and Inclusion Programming (DAIP) committee and the Virginia Room.

 Submit Your Fairfax County AAPI Heritage Stories Here! 

Local History Library Events

Local History of Jazz: The Venues

Brian Slawski from the Burke Historical Society will discuss jazz clubs (and other less conventional jazz venues) past and present in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.  A Zoom invitation will …

Saturday, Jul 17, 2021
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Digital Programs Lecture/Workshop

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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