Local History and Special Collections

Heritage Quest

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Newsbank

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Radford News Journal

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Virginia Memory

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The Radford Public Library’s Local History and Special Collections department is located in the Ann H. Fisher New River Room. The Collection contains materials related to the history of Radford and surrounding localities, Virginia and neighboring states, and the United States.

The Collection encompasses materials ranging from primary sources; published histories, genealogies and guides; microfilm of vital records and newspapers; and a broad range of online resources.

The Ann H. Fisher New River Room is open during normal library operating hours. Scott Gardner is available Mondays and Thursdays between 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and occasionally on weekends. For other times, please set up an appointment.

To make an appointment contact:

Scott Gardner
Local History & Genealogy Specialist
Scott.gardner@radfordva.gov
(540) 731-3621
Sheena Johnson
Library Clerk
Sheena.johnson@radfordva.gov
(540) 731-3621

Ancestry Library Edition >>

Use Ancestry within the library to search census records, vital records, immigration records, and more!

HeritageQuest >>

Heritage Quest provides access to a growing body of family history. Come to the library and use Ancestry for even more genealogical records.

Newsbank >>

Search archived content, obituaries, and death notices from more than 2,000 newspaper titles.

Radford News Journal >>

Search the Radford News Journal's archives. You must create a free account with Newspaperarchive.com to access articles.

Radford Family Letters >>

In a collaboration with McConnell Library's Library Archives and Special Collections Department, the Radford Family Letters are digitized and keyword searchable.

Radford High School Yearbooks >>

Most yearbooks from 1922 to present are located in the local history room at the Radford Public Library or online thanks to the Library of Virginia's digitization of the collection.

Radford Public Library History >>

Read a brief history of the Radford Public Library from 1941 to the present day.

Radford Record Album >>

Radford Record Album is a collection of photographs held in trust at the Radford Public Library.

Radford Then & Now >>

This Radford history scrapbook was published in 1976 and contains historical photographs and newspaper clippings.

Sanborn Maps >>

Search historical fire insurance maps of Radford. Sign in using the username "radford" and password "patron".

Virginia Memory >>

The Library of Virginia maintains vast and varied collections of print materials, manuscripts, archival records, newspapers, photographs and ephemera, maps and atlases, rare books, and fine art that tell the history of the commonwealth and its people.