Albemarle Historical Society

Historical Society Library

The Society's research library, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Historical Collection, is operated jointly with the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. The Collection focuses principally on the history, people, and activities of our Albemarle County and Charlottesville communities, while also containing materials on the history of Virginia as a whole, which led to the settlement and development of our area. The Collection includes over 4,000 books and bound periodicals, other serial publications, manuscripts, maps, pamphlets, and vertical/subject files relating to the history of the community, as well as a collection of over 60,000 photographic images.

The Historical Society library is staffed by a full-time professional librarian and a number of library volunteers, who assist researchers in locating and using information and materials from the Collection.

Have a research inquiry?

Please send research inquiries to Mrs. Margaret O'Bryant at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Be sure to include your name, mailing address, and phone number in the body of your email.

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; closed holiday weekends

Image Use Policy and Reproduction Fees

The Historical Society has an image use policy and reproduction fees associated with the use of digital images from the society. Please visit for more information.

Special Items of Interest

The Historical Society has a variety of historical resources for you to explore. You may enjoy browsing through the following:

  • Interactive Maps page
  • Magazine of Albemarle County Index PDF Document
  • Names in Memorial Books PDF Document
    The Memorial Books, assembled by the Society during the 1975-2000 time period, consist of three volumes with biographical sketches of approximately 100 local citizens, ranging from persons who were among the early settlers of the area to twentieth-century figures. Many of the persons were members of the Society, but not all. Some were very prominent individuals; some were less well-known beyond our immediate area, but all of the sketches were composed and submitted by family members and descendants (usually) or by friends or admirers. All sketches are no more than one page in length and were reviewed for general accuracy, although the submitters were finally responsible for the sketches' contents. Each accepted submission was accompanied by a memorial donation to the Society and placed in a binder volume. These three volumes are now kept in our Library. Submissions will still be considered with a memorial donation of $100.