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Library of Virginia

The Library of Virginia is the official repository for all state records, and the collections also include extensive county and city court records and a wide variety of personal, business, church and organizational records, supported by a comprehensive collection of books, newspapers, and pictorial materials. Court records, papers of the governors, and documents of state agencies are invaluable sources of information about fugitive slaves, the people who helped them, and the state’s efforts to close down the Underground Railroad in Virginia. There are also extensive documentary collections on slave revolts, especially Gabriel Conspiracy of 1800 and Nat Turner’s Rebellion in 1831, and on John Brown’s raid in 1856. As a public research facility with educational and outreach materials at the Library’s Web site, the Library of Virginia will be an important regional facility for Underground Railroad research.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, 23219-8000

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Nolan T. Yelich

Location Type: Facility