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Virginia Room Research Last Updated: Feb 27, 2024 12:51 PM

Fairfax Herald Has Been Digitized!

Issues of the Fairfax Herald are now publicly accessible and searchable for the first time ever! Over the last several months, Fairfax County Public Library’s Virginia Room has partnered with the Library of Virginia to digitize the Fairfax Herald, which at one time was Fairfax County’s longest running newspaper. In January 2022, all Herald issues from 1886-1964 are now available for searching on Virginia Chronicle, the Library of Virginia's online historical archive of state newspapers. To search for historical news in other Fairfax-area newspapers, check out our Historic Newspaper Index.

 Search the Fairfax Herald! 

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

Race, Sexuality, and the History of Book Censorship in Virginia

Recent years have seen highly policitized calls for book removals in school and public libraries throughout the United States. Many of these challenges were directed at books created by authors of col…

Date:
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024
Time:
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:
Pohick Meeting Room 1, Pohick Meeting Room 1
Categories:
Author Event Black History History/Culture LGBTQ+

The History of Martha Washington Library

First opened in the basement of a nearby shopping center in 1954, the Martha Washington branch of the Fairfax County Public Library system celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Learn about th…

Date:
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024
Time:
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:
Martha Washington Meeting Room 104A , Martha Washington Meeting Room 104B, Martha Washington Meeting Room 104A , Martha Washington Meeting Room 104B
Categories:
History/Culture

A Place Called Ilda

Local jouranlist and Fairfax County History Commission member Tom Shoop will speak about his new book, A Place Called Ilda: Race and Resilience at a Northern Virginia Crossroads. Ilda was a mixed-race…

Date:
Sunday, Mar 3, 2024
Time:
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:
City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B, City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B
Categories:
Author Event Black History Month

Fairfax County History Book Club

Join the Virginia Room as they read This Was Vienna, Virginia by Connie and Mayo Stuntz. Published in 1987, the book features a collection of hundreds of photographs of Vienna and is regarded as the u…

Date:
Tuesday, Mar 19, 2024
Time:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location:
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Categories:
Book Discussion

The Historical Women of Herndon

It's Women's History Month! Local author, Barbara Glakas, of the Herndon Historical Society, will discuss the women who shaped the Town of Herndon.  Registration not required, but please register if y…

Date:
Tuesday, Mar 26, 2024
Time:
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:
Herndon Fortnightly Meeting Room, Herndon Fortnightly Meeting Room
Categories:
History/Culture Women's History

Author Event: The Grandfather of Black Basketball

Edwin B. Henderson II, grandson of the renowed local civil rights leader, will speak about the new biography he has written about his grandfather entitled The Grandfather of Black Basketball: The Life…

Date:
Saturday, May 4, 2024
Time:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:
City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B, City of Fairfax Meeting Room A, City of Fairfax Meeting Room B
Categories:
Author Event Black History

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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