Welcome to 2018! Here are few updates about Virginia Heritage.
- Virginia Heritage currently hosts 13,013 finding aids, 14 of which were added just this month.
- In 2017 the site had more than 167,000 unique hits.
- Institutions that contribute to Virginia Heritage were asked to provide a profile which includes contact information and a brief description of the institution and their primary collecting areas. Check out this map to learn more.
Screenshot of institutional profile map.
- The ArchivesSpace Working Group completed its final report in the fall of 2017. You can read the full report here.
When Virginia Heritage launched its new WordPress site in 2013 there were a total of 11,033 published finding aids in the database. As of today the current number of publish finding aids stands at 12,305. That number will only continue to increase. The following list is a selection of recent additions to Virginia Heritage. This demonstrates what a wide variety of archival materials that are found all across Virginia. Our hope is that this database of finding aids will connect researchers with the information they are searching for.
- Library of Virginia, A Guide to the Albemarle County (Va.) Coroners’ Inquisitions, 1796, 1806
- Roanoke Public Libraries, A Guide to the 1952 All America City Award Records, 1952-1954
- Thomas Balch Library, A Guide to the Jacob S. Wiard Collection, 1861-1914
- University of Virginia, A Guide to John Henry Ingram’s Poe Collection
- Virginia Commonwealth University, A Guide to the Diploma and Certificate Collection, 1815-
- Virginia Tech, A Guide to the Ann Heidbreder Eastman Papers, 1978-1991
- Virginia State Law Library, A Guide to the Court of Appeals of Virginia Oral History Interviews, 2009
Welcome! This update of Virginia Heritage was set in motion back in February 2012. At that time about 40 people from various archival repositories around the state met to discuss the future of Virginia Heritage. Those in attendance agreed that Virginia Heritage needed some updating and a plan for its future. As a result many people volunteered to join the Governance Group and the subgroups Outreach, Training, and Technology. Since that time work has been on going including the creation of this WordPress site to serve as the new gateway to the Virginia Heritage database. From here researchers can enter the database to search for finding aids and learn more about Virginia Heritage and the participating institutions. Participants will find useful information on the administrative page and links to helpful resources.
Another feature we hope will be of interest is the blog. This of course will pertain to all things related to archives. The blog will also be used to provide updates from Virginia Heritage about changes and upcoming opportunities for training. We hope that many of you will be interested in providing content for the blog. Perhaps you would like to highlight a recently processed collection, promote a program at your repository, or discuss some other related topic. If you are interested please sign up here.
Please explore the site and let us know what you think.