Thomas Balch Library is the genealogy and research library for Loudoun County, VA. The holdings can be used to document the history of both slavery and the Underground Railroad. Government documents include property, estate, and tax records. Court cases relate to chattels (including bondsmen) and to abettors of escape. The holdings of newspapers can recount news of the day, including runaway ads, court coverage and commentary on contemporary laws and practices. Maps depict the area. Church records reveal the attitudes and activities of parishioners, enslaved and free, abolitionist and pro-slavery. There are demographic sources such US censuses and property rolls. The collection also includes secondary sources, architectural photographs, and magazines to fill out the history of this area. There is a Manuscript Collection which contains primary material on Loudoun history and Loudoun County families.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 208 W. Market St.,, Leesburg, VA, Loudoun, 20176
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Director, Alexandra Gressitt
Location Type: Facility