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The Alexandria Library's Local History & Special Collections Branch has a wide range of resources available to help you investigate the history of your home. Using both primary and secondary sources, you can uncover information about past owners, property values, alterations and improvements, and perhaps even find a photograph or two. The sources in this guide focus primarily on Old Town Alexandria.







African American
African American Biographies
African American Youth
Black History
Civil Rights Movement
Race Relations



National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

The King Center
Embracing Dr. King’s philosophy and strategy of nonviolence to eliminate poverty, racism and violence, The King Center is determined to have a positive impact on the continuing struggle to fulfill his great dream for America and the world.

Alexandria Black History Museum
The mission of the Black History Museum is to enrich the lives of Alexandria's residents and visitors, to foster tolerance and understanding among all cultures and to stimulate appreciation of the diversity of the African American experience.

Lives in the Freedom Struggle: Stories from the Civil Rights History Project
Civil Rights History Project (CRHP) is a Congressionally-mandated national initiative to capture the stories of veteran activists from the Civil Rights Era through oral history interviews. In more than one hundred full-length video interviews, participants reflect on subjects including nonviolence, self-defense, collective action, religious faith, music, and many more.  

African Americans -- Encyclopedia Britannica Article
An article from Encyclopedia Britannica contains video, pictures, and related links to other articles. 

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A museum that seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African American experience. 

Black History-National Archives
A collection of Black History resources from the National Archives. 





African American Women
Hispanic American Women
Jewish Women
Muslim Women
Women in History
Women in Science
Women in Art
Women in Leadership
Women in Business
Women in Journalism
Women in Law
Women's Health



Women's Initiatives - City of Alexandria
Commission to support existing city programs, provide guidance on legislation and policy issues and sponsor awareness and outreach events.

National Women's History Museum
The museum educates, inspires, empowers, and shapes the future by integrating women's distinctive history into the culture and history of the U.S.

Women's History at the National Archives
A collection of Black History resources from the National Archives. 

Women's History Digital Collection
Digital resources about women's history from the Library of Congress.

Self-Rescuing Princess Society
Promotes women and girls (and others) who are working to make the world a better place for everyone. Encourages growth and learning by bringing attention to those who have come before and whose stories may have been lost to time.

Army Women's Museum - Ft. Lee, VA
The only museum in the world dedicated to preserving and sharing the history and contribution of women to the U.S. Army.

Women @ NASA
A collection of videos and essays from women across NASA who contribute to the mission in many different ways.