Welcome to the   Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Margaret Martin O’Bryant Research Library

200 Second Street, NE

Charlottesville, Virginia 22902


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COVID-19 Updates: The Research Library is currently open Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm, and Saturday, 10am – 2pm, by appointment only. To make an appointment please call 434.296.1492 or email [email protected]

Our Collections

Our collections will soon be available for discovering. Please be patient as we compile our catalogs.

If you’d like to help with our catalog projects, please contact our volunteer coordinator Sterling Howell at [email protected]


We have over 4,000 books in our collection! Titles can be found by searching the

JMRL Catalog


Vertical Files

Our Vertical Files cabinets contain newspaper clippings, researchers’ notes, family trees, and other miscellaneous information on a variety of area families and topics. Click on each category to access the index.

(Partial Index)


Family A-C

Family D-J

Family K-O

Family P-S

Family T-Z

Houses of Worship




Manuscript Collection

Our manuscript collection has never before been accessible online.

Beginning April 2021 you can start to browse our manuscript catalog.

New manuscript collections are added weekly!

Access the Manuscript Catalog


Pamphlet Collection

Our pamphlet collection has never before been accessible online.

Beginning Fall 2021 you can start to browse our pamphlet catalog.



Other Local Resources


Charlottesville Daily Progress Digitized 1892-1964 (University of Virginia)

Virginia Chronicle (Library of Virginia) – Virginia newspapers

Chronicling America (Library of Congress) – nationwide newspapers

Central Virginia Genealogical Association

The Central Virginia Genealogical Association (CVGA) was formed in July 1977, to encourage, foster, and organize genealogical research, teaching, publishing, education, and recording.

The Central Virginia Heritage is CVGA’s quarterly publication. We have the following issues in the ACHS collection:

Volume 1 – Volume 36 (current)

Table of Contents

Albemarle County in Virginia by Rev. Edgar Woods

Rev. Edgar Woods’ 1901 classic, Albemarle County in Virginia, has been digitized (text searchable too!) and is available at archive.org.

Albemarle County in Virginia

Virginia Cavalcade

Virginia Cavalcade was a quarterly Virginia history and culture journal published by the Library of Virginia from 1951 to 2002. Want to know what articles were published about Albemarle County? You can search the table of contents of every issue! Then come visit us at the Historical Society – we have every issue published in our library.

Virginia Cavalcade

McIntire Library
Market Street Park

Downtown Charlottesville
200 Second Street, NE
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902


Research Library Open
By Appointment
Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm
Saturday, 10am-2pm