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The services we offer

Does the Virginia Historical Society offer genealogical research services?

Because of the volume of correspondence received by the library, the reference staff is unable to reply to genealogical inquiries received via e-mail or mail. Researchers interested in obtaining research assistance should utilize our genealogical research services.

Does the library of the Virginia Historical Society participate in the interlibrary loan program?

The library of the VHS does not lend materials from our book or manuscript collections. All research materials must be consulted in the reading room. However, researchers are able to request limited photocopies of portions of published works and manuscript collections for research purposes.

Does the Virginia Historical Society offer photocopying services for researchers who are unable to visit the society in person?

Photocopying services are available for researchers unable to visit the VHS. Researchers are able to request limited photocopies of portions of published works and manuscript collections. We are unable to copy entire published works, entire manuscript collections, bound volumes in the manuscript collection, newspapers, or any fragile or sensitive materials. Please visit our photocopy request form to request services.

How do I request photocopies?

Please send requests via mail (Virginia Historical Society, P.O. Box 7311, attn: Library, Richmond, Va. 23221) or by using our online photocopy request form. Please include:

  • a brief description of the item
  • the manuscript or call number
  • page numbers (if possible)

A copy of the order will be generated and sent to you (please specify via e-mail or postal mail), explaining the procedures for ordering and payment. When the order form and payment are received, your order will receive our prompt attention.

How much do photocopies cost?

Photocopies are $0.25 per exposure. A $15.00 service and handling fee is added to each order. If an order exceeds 50 exposures, an additional $15.00 charge is applied to each lot of 50 exposures thereafter. Members receive a 10% discount on photocopy orders. You may find more information about membership here.

Frances Pollard

Frances Pollard, chief librarian

Do you have a reference question? Fill out our online form, and a VHS librarian will assist you.

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