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Local History / Special Collections Staff Picks Archive



Ghosts of Alexandria

Gray ghosts of the Confederacy : guerrilla warfare in the West, 1861-1865

Haunted Alexandria and Northern Virginia

The haunted philosophe : James Madison, republicanism, and slavery

Haunted by atrocity : Civil War prisons in American memory

 I fear I shall never leave this island : life in a Civil War prison



Harper's pictorial history of the war with Spain;

Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe : three North American beginnings

Latinos in Dixie : class and assimilation in Richmond, Virginia

Hispanic & Latino heritage in Virginia

The hidden galleon : the true story of a lost Spanish ship and the legendary wild horses of Assateague Island

Creating and Consuming the American South



Walk and bike the Alexandria Heritage Trail

Historically African American leisure destinations around Washington, D.C.

Baseball in blue and gray : the national pastime during the Civil War

un along the road : American tourist attractions

Subduing Satan : religion, recreation, and manhood in the rural South

People of prowess : sport, leisure, and labor in early Anglo-America

JULY 2021


The great Valley Road of Virginia : Shenandoah landscapes from prehistory to the present

The canal on the James : an illustrated guide to the James River and Kanawha Canal

The great road : the building of the Baltimore and Ohio, the nation's first railroad, 1828-1853

The Potomac Canal : George Washington and the waterway west

Southwest Virginia's railroad : modernization and the sectional crisis

Atlantic and Danville Railway Company : the railroad of southside Virginia

JUNE 2021


Building the federal schoolhouse : localism and the American education state

Mothers of massive resistance : white women and the politics of white supremacy

The uplift generation : cooperation across the color line in early twentieth-century Virginia

School and community history of Dickenson County, Virginia Cumberland times

 Indians at Hampton Institute, 1877-1923

A hard country and a lonely place : schooling, society, and reform in rural Virginia, 1870-1920

MAY 2021


Avotaynu guide to Jewish genealogy

Black Indian genealogy research : African American ancestors among the Five Civilized Tribes

Cemetery tours and programming : a guide

Free blacks in Norfolk, Virginia, 1790-1860 : the darker side of freedom

Powhatan Indian place names in Tidewater, Virginia

Tracing ancestors in Barbados : a practical guide

APRIL 2021


A golden weed : tobacco and environment in the Piedmont South Tobacco and environment in the Piedmont South

The Blue, the Gray, and the Green : Toward an Environmental History of the Civil War

Nature's Civil War : common soldiers and the environment in 1862 Virginia

Mountains on the market : industry, the environment, and the South

 Flora and fauna of the Civil War : an environmental reference guide

America's wetland : an environmental and cultural history of tidewater Virginia and North Carolina

MARCH 2021


The women's fight : the Civil War's battles for home, freedom, and nation

Women's war : fighting and surviving the American Civil War

The campaign for woman suffrage in Virginia

Sexuality, politics, and social control in Virginia, 1920-1945

Within her power : propertied women in colonial America

Authorized to heal : gender, class, and the transformation of medicine in Appalachia, 1880-1930



"Esteemed bookes of lawe" and the legal culture of early Virginia

Servants of Allah : African Muslims enslaved in the Americas

Shelter in a time of storm : how Black colleges fostered generations of leadership and activism

Where we find ourselves : the photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897-1922

Department stores and the black freedom movement : workers, consumers, and civil rights from the 1930s to the 1980s

Norfolk, Virginia, registry of free Negroes, 1835-1861 : abstracts



Alexandria's Freedmen's Cemetery : a legacy of freedom

From here to equality : reparations for Black Americans in the twenty-first century

Research like a pro : a genealogist's guide

American furniture : 1650 to the present

Killing of Reverend Kay : a hidden murder in colonial Virginia

The campaign for woman suffrage in Virginia



An intimate economy : enslaved women, work, and America's domestic slave trade

Virginians and their histories

Harnessing harmony : music, power, and politics in the United States, 1788-1865

Last updated: September 2021