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The Library of Virginia serves the archival and research needs of Virginians as one of the nation's premiere research institutions.
The Library of Virginia was created by the General Assembly in 1823 to organize, care for and manage the states growing collection of books and official records, many of which date to the earliest colonial period. As the official state archival repository, the Library preserves and provides access to more than 91 million manuscript items documenting four centuries of Virginia history. As the state library, the Library of Virginia collects books, manuscripts, artwork and materials related to Virginias history and culture. It is a rich treasure house of materials available to all: the historian researching the states past, the individual tracing his ancestry, the journalist tracking down information for a story, the legislator looking for a statistic, or the citizen pursuing an interest in a historical event. The Library can trace the history of America in the footsteps of Virginians.