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Roanoke History


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


Roanoke Public Libraries



Collection Items

A Synopsis of Roanoke in 1891 and Her Wonderful Prosperity
A synopsis of the City of Roanoke in 1891, including summaries of industries, schools, financial conditions, etc.

Picturesque Roanoke
Picturesque Roanoke is "a series of reproductions from photographic views , taken in the City of Roanoke, and the vicinity thereof, especially for this work".

Roanoke, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia is a Chamber of Commerce publication that highlights its "location, climate, water supply, manufacturing, commercial and educational advantages, and general desirability as a place of residence."

Dr. John Pinkard: A Negro Medical Genius
A biographical sketch of Dr. Pinkard and his contributions to the field of medicine as well as his contributions to the African American community in Roanoke.

Biographical Sketch of the Life, Work and Medical Skill of Dr. John Henry Pinkard
Biographical sketch of Dr. John H. Pinkard and his contributions to medicine and the African American community of Roanoke.

Roanoke, Virginia: A City of Enterprise, Energy and Progress
Promotional pamphlet for the City of Roanoke, including photographs and descriptive information.

Illustrated Story of Roanoke: The "Magic City"
A description of Roanoke with a directory of businesses and industries.

Roanoke: The Magic City of Virginia
A series of comprehensive sketches of business enterprises, also some brief facts and business notices of Salem.

Headlight is a special edition periodical featuring Roanoke and scenes along the Norfolk & Western Railroad.

Souvenir: A Brief Reflection of Points of Interest About Roanoke, Vicinity and Valley of Virginia
Issued as a promotional souvenir for the German Baptist Association Annual Conference.

Salem, Virginia: Its Advantages and Attractions
A circular of information on Salem as a place of residence, business, investment, and manufacturing.

A Souvenir of the Decennial Celebration of Roanoke City, Virginia
Souvenir booklet created for the 10th Anniversary of Roanoke.

Salem and the Roanoke Valley
A circular of information including location, railroad facilities, business interests, manufacturing prospects, water power, mineral wealth, fertile lands, healthful climate, social, moral, religious and educational advantages.

Virginia Realtor: Roanoke
Issue on Roanoke, Virginia highlighting architecture and civic, educational and religious organizations.

Hollins Institute, Virginia: Founded 1842
Pictorial booklet of scenes of and around Hollins Institute (now Hollins University).

Remodeling Roanoke
Report by Landscape Architect, John Nolen, submitted to the Committee on Civic Improvement, which addresses the following: a plan for the city, provisions for business, streets, parkways and thoroughfares, recreation grounds, and examples and methods…

The Famous Children's Zoo of Mill Mountain
Pamphlet with photos and text describing the first two years of the Mill Mountain Zoo

It Seems As If Everyone in Roanoke, Virginia Visits Children's Zoo
Article written by Robert P. Hunter, then Parks and Recreation manager for the City of Roanoke. Published in the July 1956 edition of Park Maintenance magazine.

Comprehensive City Plan
The Comprehensive City Plan came about with a renewed interest in city planning. that looks to the future and to "visualize the coming needs of the city". As in 1907, John Nolen, landscape architect and city planner, was chosen to develop the plan.…

The Roanoke Diamond Jubilee: A Souvenir Program and History, Celebrating Seventy-Five Years of Progress, June 14-23, 1957
The Roanoke Diamond Jubilee Celebration consisted of a number of special events commemorating the City of Roanoke's 75th Anniversary. This souvenir program includes the schedule of events, lists of participants, historical information, including…

National Business College: A School of Merit
Descriptive book for National Business College.
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