Local History and Special Collections
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, please contact:
Local History & Genealogy Specialist
Use Ancestry within the library to search census records, vital records, immigration records, and more!
Heritage Quest provides access to a growing body of family history. Come to the library and use Ancestry for even more genealogical records.
Search archived content, obituaries, and death notices from more than 2,000 newspaper titles.
The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as social affiliations, geographic location, etc.
Search the Radford News Journal's archives. You must create a free account with Newspaperarchive.com to access articles.
In a collaboration with McConnell Library's Library Archives and Special Collections Department, the Radford Family Letters are digitized and keyword searchable.
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.
Read a brief history of the Radford Public Library from 1941 to the present day.
Radford Record Album is a collection of photographs held in trust at the Radford Public Library.
This Radford history scrapbook was published in 1976 and contains historical photographs and newspaper clippings.
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.
Additional resources are available through the Library of Virginia's website! Includes the Code of Virginia.