Below is a selection of new digital collections recently added to Virginia Memory. Accessible through our digital asset management system, DigiTool, these collections are searchable by keywords, creator, and title. We also now have thumbnails, making these collections more browseable. We include born digital content, such as publications from state agencies, as well as photographic, art, manuscript, and print collections. We'd love to have your feedback on our new offerings and encourage you to come back often to see What's New!
In his debut novel, Forsaken, Ross Howell Jr. tells the story of an uneducated African American servant, Virginia Christian, who was tried and executed for killing her white employer in 1912. This digital bibliography spotlights the documents and images found in the Library of Virginia's collections that Howell used in his research.
Works of Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820). Born in England, Latrobe worked as an engineer and surveyor, before turning to architecture. Latrobe began his architectural career in the office of Samuel Pepys Cockerell, a leading neoclassical architect. In 1796, Latrobe immigrated to Virginia, where he quickly secured architectural commissions for both residences and public buildings, including the Virginia State Penitentiary (constructed from 1797-1806). Following the planning for that structure, Latrobe spent the next two years working on his Essay on Landscape sketchbooks (1798-1799). Latrobe became a skilled architect, designing many important public buildings, public works, residences and churches throughout the nation.
This collection consists of materials scanned as part of the Family Reunion: African American descendants of the Underwood Convention Delegates and Reconstruction Legislators event sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Commission on 6 July 2015. Collections relate to the descendants of James F. Lipscomb (1830–1893) and Peter G. Morgan (1817–1890), two of the first African Americans elected to the Virginia General Assembly. Lipscomb represented Cumberland County in the House of Delegates from 1869 to 1877. Morgan represented Petersburg in the Underwood Constitutional Convention of 1867-1868 and in the House of Delegates from 1869 to 1871.
Virginia Untold provides access points to the individual stories of African Americans who lived in Virginia from the establishment of slavery in the 1600s until its demise in 1865. Taken as a whole, these individual stories help to shed light on the narrative of a people that has not been fully told.
Michael Miley (1841-1918), probably most famous for his portraits of Robert E. Lee, was a Rockbridge County native who contributed greatly to the burgeoning field of photography. In 1866, Miley partnered with businessman John C. Boude to open a photography studio at the corner of Main and Nelson Streets in Lexington. He purchased Boude's half of the business in 1870, named the studio the Stonewall Art Gallery, and found his niche as a portrait photographer. The Library of Virginia has a collection of 58 glass-plate negatives and 12 carte de visites taken in and around Miley's studio in Lexington. Although some of the images have been identified through crowdsourcing projects, most are unidentified. The most notable images in the collection are photographs of the singing group The Charity Nightingales and of the poet Spotswood Styles and his family.