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LOCAL HISTORY / SPECIAL COLLECTIONS SHOP

Support Local History/Special Collection through the purchase of these items. 

Items are currently available for curbside pickup for free at the Barrett Branch Library during regular business hours. 

If you would like your item shipped, it will be shipped by USPS Media Mail.  Charges will be calculated when you check out.

If you have any questions regarding your order please call 703.746.1706

BOOKS & POSTERS

African Americans of Alexandria    $20.00
Experience the harrowing narratives of trials and triumph as Alexandria's African Americans helped to shape not only their hometown but also the world around them. Rutherford Adkins became one of the first black fighter pilots as a Tuskegee Airman. Samuel Tucker, a twenty-six-year-old lawyer, organized and fought for Alexandria to share its wealth of knowledge with the African American community by opening its libraries to all colors and creeds. Discover a vibrant past that, through this record, will be remembered forever as Alexandria's beacon of hope and light.

Paperback, 160 pages.

 
 

Alexandria Goes to War    $45.00
Alexandria Goes to War chronicles the lives of men and women whose service made the city unique in the exceptional quality and variety of talent it provided to the Confederate cause.

416 pages. Signed.

 
 

Alexandria Library Company    $50.00
The Alexandria Library Company describes a rare American library in Virginia and the booklovers associated with it through two centuries. Historian William Seale presents the story--through good times and bad--of this historic library company, which has been in business since 1794.

 
 

Capital Beer    $20.00
Imagine the jubilation of thirsty citizens in 1796 when the Washington Brewery--the city's first brewery--opened. Yet the English-style ales produced by the early breweries in the capital and in nearby Arlington and Alexandria sat heavy on the tongue in the oppressive Potomac summers. By the 1850s, an influx of German immigrants gave a frosty reprieve to their new home in the form of light but flavorful lagers. Brewer barons like Christian Heurich and Albert Carry dominated the taps of city saloons until production ground to a halt with the dry days of Prohibition. Only Heurich survived, and when the venerable institution closed in 1956, Washington, D.C., was without a brewery for fifty-five years. Author and beer scholar Garrett Peck taps this high-gravity history while introducing readers to the bold new brewers leading the capital's recent craft beer revival.

 
 

Images of America, Alexandria, Virginiar    $20.00
Alexandria has a long and storied past. Founded as a colonial tobacco port by English and Scottish merchants in 1749, the city prospered. It became the social and economic center of Northern Virginia and the upper Potomac region. When the nation's capital was established in 1791, Alexandria became a part of the District of Columbia. In 1833, a canal intended to increase tradeand revenue nearly bankrupted the city. By the time Alexandria retroceded to Virginia in 1847, it had lost its standing among maritime cities on the Eastern Seaboard. Notable residents have included politicians and military heroes, such as George Washington, Robert E. Lee, and Gerald R. Ford, as well as cultural icons Willard Scott and Jim Morrison. Today's Alexandria includes descendants of free and enslaved African Americans and the progeny of 18th- and 19th-century European immigrants who have joined with "new" Americans to create vibrant 21st-century communities.

 
 

Letters to Virginia    $30.00
The true story of three families who lived in Alexandria, Virginia from before the Civil War to after World War I. It is an intimate tale of their lives, told by them through hundreds and hundreds of handwritten letters they left behind, uncensored and unread until the 21st century. It is, in effect, the diaries of their daily lives and loves, struggles and accomplishments. It reflects what life was like during those times in America.

 
 

Marriage and Death Notices/Alexandria, Vol. 1    $50.00
Volume 1 of a two volume set. The set is comprised of nearly 1,300 pages of data and a comprensive index for notices from 20 different newspapers that were published in Alexandria during the period. Notices cover events that occurred up and down the eastern seaboard, and frequently include events in Richmond, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York.

 
 

Marriage and Death Notices/Alexandria, Vol. 2    $50.00
Volume 2 of a two volume set. The set is comprised of nearly 1,300 pages of data and a comprensive index for notices from 20 different newspapers that were published in Alexandria during the period. Notices cover events that occurred up and down the eastern seaboard, and frequently include events in Richmond, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York.

 
 

Remembering Alexandria    $30.00 - ONLY 1 LEFT!
With a selection of fine historic images from their best-selling book, Historic Photos of Alexandria, Julie Ballin Patton and Rita Williams Holtz provide a valuable and revealing historical retrospective on the growth and development of Alexandria.

Remembering Alexandria depicts this colorful history through photos selected from the Library of Congress and the Local History–Special Collections branch of the Alexandria Library. From the occupation of Alexandria by Union troops during the Civil War to the thriving downtown of the 1940s and 1950s, Remembering Alexandria follows life and events throughout the city’s history.

 
 

Sea Port Saga    $30.00 - ONLY 1 LEFT!
Its aim is to give the observer an overall view of Alexandria by both word and picture, from its earliest days. Facts and scenes show how Alexandria looked and operated in the past with the hope that the reader will view Alexandria present as a monument to be saved and preserved for future generations.

 
 
Tombstone Inscriptions, Vol. 1

Tombstone Inscriptions, Vol. 1   $15.00
This volume starts a series of tombstone inscriptions taken from monuments within the present limits of the City of Alexandria. It contains background discussion, inscription and support data for the following burial grounds: Bethel Cemetery. Bethel Cemetery was established in 1885 and is the resting place for over 10,000 burials. Data was taken from tombstones and burial permits. Each entry may include date of death and birth, age, cause of death, plot location, burial permit number, residence, lace of birth, and place of death. Consult other volumes in this series for additional data on other burial grounds, including nearly three dozen that have been destroyed or abandoned.

 
 
Tombstone Inscriptions, Vol. 1

Virginia Journal/Alexandria Advertiser, Vol. 1    $32.50
All news, both foreign and local, which appeared in the newspaper for this period is abstracted or transcribed. Full text and original woodcuts present a wide range of items from fabrics and other goods imported by captain and ship listed, to property for sale with description of the buildings and terrain. Every noun, place name and proper name is indexed.

 
 
Tombstone Inscriptions, Vol. 1

Virginia Journal/Alexandria Advertiser, Vol. 2    $35.50
All news, both foreign and local, which appeared in the newspaper for this period is abstracted or transcribed. Full text and original woodcuts present a wide range of items from fabrics and other goods imported by captain and ship listed, to property for sale with description of the buildings and terrain. Every noun, place name and proper name is indexed.

 
 
Tombstone Inscriptions, Vol. 3

Virginia Journal/Alexandria Advertiser, Vol. 3    $36.50
All news, both foreign and local, which appeared in the newspaper for this period is abstracted or transcribed. Full text and original woodcuts present a wide range of items from fabrics and other goods imported by captain and ship listed, to property for sale with description of the buildings and terrain. Every noun, place name and proper name is indexed.

 
 
Tombstone Inscriptions, Vol. 3

Virginia Journal/Alexandria Advertiser, Vol. 4    $36.50
All news, both foreign and local, which appeared in the newspaper for this period is abstracted or transcribed. Full text and original woodcuts present a wide range of items from fabrics and other goods imported by captain and ship listed, to property for sale with description of the buildings and terrain. Every noun, place name and proper name is indexed.

 
 
Tombstone Inscriptions, Vol. 3

Virginia Merchants, Alexandria    $35.00
Provides a master directory to the people who peddled their services and wares in early Alexandria. The entries were compiled from newspapers, property records, city directories, and census records.

 
 
Virginia Slave Births Vol 1

Virginia Slave Births Index Vol 1., A-C, 1853-1865    $48.00
In 1853, the Commonwealth of Virginia began an annual registration of births and deaths. The Birth Index of Slaves, 1853-1865 was later transcribed by the Works Project Administration (WPA) and recorded on microfilm. While the information-name of slave owner, infant's name, mother's name, birth date, place of birth-is of immense value to genealogists, working with the microfilm can be problematic. Hence, the creation of this multi-volume reference work, Virginia Slave Births Index, 1853-1865. In 2003, staff and volunteers with Local History/Special Collections, Alexandria Library began to transcribe the WPA microfilm, enter data into spreadsheets, and sort the information by slave owner's surname and given name. Entries include single births, multiple births, and stillbirths. Occasionally, both parents of an enslaved infant are identified. In rare instances, the name of a freeborn infant appears. Independent city and county names are spelled out. This index includes more than 130,000 entries.

 
 
Virginia Slave Births Vol 2

Virginia Slave Births Index Vol 2., D-G, 1853-1865    $39.00
In 1853, the Commonwealth of Virginia began an annual registration of births and deaths. The Birth Index of Slaves, 1853-1865 was later transcribed by the Works Project Administration (WPA) and recorded on microfilm. While the information-name of slave owner, infant's name, mother's name, birth date, place of birth-is of immense value to genealogists, working with the microfilm can be problematic. Hence, the creation of this multi-volume reference work, Virginia Slave Births Index, 1853-1865. In 2003, staff and volunteers with Local History/Special Collections, Alexandria Library began to transcribe the WPA microfilm, enter data into spreadsheets, and sort the information by slave owner's surname and given name. Entries include single births, multiple births, and stillbirths. Occasionally, both parents of an enslaved infant are identified. In rare instances, the name of a freeborn infant appears. Independent city and county names are spelled out. This index includes more than 130,000 entries.

 
 
Virginia Slave Births Vol 3

Virginia Slave Births Index Vol 3., H-L, 1853-1865    $41.00
In 1853, the Commonwealth of Virginia began an annual registration of births and deaths. The Birth Index of Slaves, 1853-1865 was later transcribed by the Works Project Administration (WPA) and recorded on microfilm. While the information-name of slave owner, infant's name, mother's name, birth date, place of birth-is of immense value to genealogists, working with the microfilm can be problematic. Hence, the creation of this multi-volume reference work, Virginia Slave Births Index, 1853-1865. In 2003, staff and volunteers with Local History/Special Collections, Alexandria Library began to transcribe the WPA microfilm, enter data into spreadsheets, and sort the information by slave owner's surname and given name. Entries include single births, multiple births, and stillbirths. Occasionally, both parents of an enslaved infant are identified. In rare instances, the name of a freeborn infant appears. Independent city and county names are spelled out. This index includes more than 130,000 entries.

 
 
Virginia Slave Births Vol 4

Virginia Slave Births Index Vol 4., M-R, 1853-1865    $45.00
In 1853, the Commonwealth of Virginia began an annual registration of births and deaths. The Birth Index of Slaves, 1853-1865 was later transcribed by the Works Project Administration (WPA) and recorded on microfilm. While the information-name of slave owner, infant's name, mother's name, birth date, place of birth-is of immense value to genealogists, working with the microfilm can be problematic. Hence, the creation of this multi-volume reference work, Virginia Slave Births Index, 1853-1865. In 2003, staff and volunteers with Local History/Special Collections, Alexandria Library began to transcribe the WPA microfilm, enter data into spreadsheets, and sort the information by slave owner's surname and given name. Entries include single births, multiple births, and stillbirths. Occasionally, both parents of an enslaved infant are identified. In rare instances, the name of a freeborn infant appears. Independent city and county names are spelled out. This index includes more than 130,000 entries.

 
 
Virginia Slave Births Vol 5

Virginia Slave Births Index Vol 5., S-Z, 1853-1865    $50.00
In 1853, the Commonwealth of Virginia began an annual registration of births and deaths. The Birth Index of Slaves, 1853-1865 was later transcribed by the Works Project Administration (WPA) and recorded on microfilm. While the information-name of slave owner, infant's name, mother's name, birth date, place of birth-is of immense value to genealogists, working with the microfilm can be problematic. Hence, the creation of this multi-volume reference work, Virginia Slave Births Index, 1853-1865. In 2003, staff and volunteers with Local History/Special Collections, Alexandria Library began to transcribe the WPA microfilm, enter data into spreadsheets, and sort the information by slave owner's surname and given name. Entries include single births, multiple births, and stillbirths. Occasionally, both parents of an enslaved infant are identified. In rare instances, the name of a freeborn infant appears. Independent city and county names are spelled out. This index includes more than 130,000 entries.

 
 
Virginia Homes of the Lees

Virginia Homes of the Lees    $4.00
Contains black and white photographs of different areas of Virginia on every page. Overviews the houses of the Lee family throughout Virginia.

 
 
American Anti-Slavery Society Anti-Slavery Broadside

American Anti-Slavery Society Anti-Slavery Broadside    $12.00
1836 reproduction poster

 
 
Civil War Map

Civil War Map    $20.00
1862 Topographical Map showing Fortifications around Washington, D.C. (E. G. Arnold). Reproduction poster.

 
Last updated: March 2021