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The Virginia Room Digital Collection includes photographs, oral histories, books, pamphlets and finding aids to items in the Virginia Room Collection. Continue to check back for new additions.

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Salem and Roanoke County in Vintage Postcards

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The postcards included in this collection were used in large part in Nelson Harris' book "Salem and Roanoke County in Vintage Postcards". Several…

Contributors: Nelson Harris, George Wade

Gainsboro Library Finding Finding Aids and Indexes

Heller Family Collection.pdf

Items in this collection include finding aids, indexes, inventories and guides to items not found in the online catalog. Please note that this…

Contributors: Gainsboro Branch of Roanoke Public Libraries

City Market Photograph Collection

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This collection consists of a 25 photographs that document the City Market during the 1960s. It is believed the photographs were taken as part of a…

Bent Mountain Collection

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This collection of photographs and documents captures the history of the Bent Mountain area of Southwest Roanoke County, including Back Creek, Cave…

Contributors: Nelson Harris, Back Creek Civic League, Isaac Sutphin, Cave Spring Baptist Church, Jane Fralin Grisso, Genevieve Henderson, Molly Koon, Lorene Preas, Mauvieleen Altis, Debra Christley, Joyce M. Turman, Walter Henry, Don Debusk, Lynne Mowles, Grandle Meador, Carole Hawkins, David Harris, Bob Stauffer, Marie Saul, Dana DeWitt, Lou Emma Richards, Mary Ann Conner, Laurel Ridge Primitive Baptist Church, Ralph Henry, Martha Brizendine, Copper Hill Church of the Brethren, Judy Reed, Kat Jacobs, Lois Reed, Lois Overstreet, Glenn Reed, Sheri Poff, Hazel Brown, Lorie Murray, Alan Fralin, Glenna Wimmer, Gladys King, Ed Frost, Sammy Holt, Cindy Windel, Laura Hall, Tim Hash, Walter Henry, and Frank Stone

Family Histories

CragheadFamily.pdf

This collection consists of various family histories that are either in the public domain or where express permission was given to publish online.

Loebl Dye Works Photograph Collection

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This small collection of photographs contains images of Loebl Dye Works, formerly located at 350 Salem Avenue. The company was started by Josef Loebl…

Contributors: Tina Loebl and Mary Bishop

Raleigh Court Photograph Collection

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Photographs in this collection document the history of the Greater Raleigh Court neighborhood, which includes Wasena, Virginia Heights and Norwich. …

Contributors: Nelson Harris

General

General 1953.pdf

Lee Junior High School opened in 1911 at 250 Franklin Road. After serving students for 59 years, the building was razed in 1970 and became the site…

John Will Creasy Photographic Slide Collection

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The John Will Creasy Photographic Slide Collection contains photographs of scenes and events in the Roanoke Valley taken by John Will Creasy. Creasy…

Historic Postcard Collection

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Historic postcard of a variety of scenes in the Roanoke Valley, including landmarks, buildings, and street scenes.

Scyphers Photographic Slide Collection

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This collection consists of photographic slides depicting scenes about Roanoke.

Colonel

Colonel1972.pdf

In 1949, William Fleming became part of the Roanoke City School System through the annexation of part of Roanoke County by the city. William Fleming…

Virginia Insurance Rating Bureau Photograph Collection

City Planning - Insurance.pdf

This collection of photographs documents City of Roanoke municipal properties for the Insurance Rating Bureau. Information in the description of each…

Roanoke Railway & Electric Company Photograph Collection

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This set of photographs is contained within the Roanoke Railway & Electric Company Records Collection. In addition to photographs, the collection…

The Spectator

ViaudsSchool1950.pdf

The Viaud School was founded in 1926 by Gustave and Ethel M. Viaud as a private school for primary and secondary students. It would go through…

Gainsboro Library Photography Collection

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The Gainsboro Library Photography Collection consists of approximately 100 black-and-white and color photographic prints. The black-and-white prints…

Contributors: Gainsboro Branch of Roanoke Public Libraries

Neighborhood Oral History Project

BennettRuth (compressed).mp3

Beginning in September 2006, Roanoke Public Libraries interviewed more than 100 individuals for the Oral History Initiative. The Neighborhood…

Southwest Virginia LGBTQ History Collection

BeranichKathryn (compressed).mp3

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) History Project began in 2015 as collaboration between Roanoke College, Roanoke…

The Addisonian

The Addisonian 1971.pdf

The Addisonion was the annual for Lucy Addison High School. Lucy Addison High School was the second school in the City of Roanoke to be erected for…

Acorn

acorn1946.pdf

Roanoke established its first high school, Roanoke High School, in 1891. Roanoke High School was located on the corner of 2nd Street and Church…

Roanoke Aviation

RAC77 VANG Ad.tiff

Miscellaneous Photographs

MP 24.5 Mt. Pleasant School.jpg

Finding Aids and Indexes

raneyindex.pdf

Items in this collection include finding aids, indexes, inventories and guides to items not found in the online catalog. Please note that this…

Pamphlets

NolenPlan1928.pdf

This collection contains pamphlets related to a number of historical and genealogical subjects.

Underwood Aerial Photographs

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The following photographs are a series of black and white aerial images of the City of Roanoke and vicinity. The images were taken by Underwood &…

George C. Davis Glass Lantern Slides

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The Davis Photographic Records contain approximately 12,200 black and white images, negatives, glass plate negatives and glass lantern slides. Black…

George C. Davis Photographic Records - Series 2

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The Davis Photographic Records contain approximately 12,200 black and white images, negatives, glass plate negatives and glass lantern slides. Black…

George C. Davis Photographic Records

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The Davis Photographic Records contain approximately 12,200 black and white images, negatives, glass plate negatives and glass lantern slides. Black…

Unknown Negatives

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This small collection of 5"x7" negatives includes miscellaneous images from around Roanoke. The photographer and provenance of the collection are…

Star Stories

Star41.4.9.2016.pdf

Star Stories is a collaborative project between the Virginia Room, City of Roanoke, Hollins University, Blue Ridge Literacy and other partners to…

Roanoke Negatives

RNC 117 Woodlawn Avenue.jpg

City Planning Commission

City Planning - Insurance.pdf

Photographs in this collection were produced for the 1928 City Planning Commission, which drew upon the 1907 Remodeling Roanoke: Report to the…