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American Visions



  • 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.

  • Black Life in America
    A unique digital archive of news media that presents the broad sweep of African American history. Offers balanced coverage from diverse sources published from 1704 through present day.

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

  • Fold3
    Convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

  • LGBT Magazine Archive
    Archival runs of 26 of the most influential, longest-running serial publications covering LGBT interests. Includes the pre-eminent US and UK titles.

  • 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.




Governor L. Douglas Wilder

During the 48th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Program, this montage of former Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder was highlighted. The montage was created by the Alexandria Library Communications Office and the Local History and Special Collections Branch. Governor Wilder was the keynote speaker for this event and the montage was created in his honor.

The City of Alexandria honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a community program each year. The program in 2021 was virtual and was titled, ”The Fierce Urgency of Building the Beloved Community." It was presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Planning Committee.

For the entire program, please see the City of Alexandria's website.

Last updated: March 2024