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  • AtoZ Maps Online
    A collection of 60,000 royalty-free maps that can be downloaded and printed. Map types include world, country, state, political, physical, outline, environmental, scientific, and antique maps.

  • Biography in Context
    Biographical essays on the world's most influential people.

  • Military and Intelligence
    Covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs.

  • Pop Culture
    Useful information for researchers in social science, history, art or liberal arts courses with resources that both analyze and contribute to popular culture.

  • U.S. History Collection
    Useful to both novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers, the database offers balanced coverage of events in U.S. history and scholarly work being established in the field.

  • War and Terrorism
    The database offers balanced coverage of both historic and contemporary topics in the fields of war and terrorism.

  • Washington Post Historical Newspapers
    Digitized Wasington Post articles from 1877-1997.

  • World History
    Offers balanced coverage of events in world history and scholarly work being established in the field.



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.




Last updated: November 2020