This website from the Library of Virginia provides a list of local Virginia Historical Societies. Contact information including a website and email are provided if available. Historical societies can often provide access to unique primary source documents.
"The collection, which is non-circulating, includes a variety of books and periodicals about Norfolk and Virginia, as well as Norfolk maps and photographs, high school yearbooks, and city directories for the Hampton Roads region. Nearly 200 years of Norfolk newspaper microfilms are available upon request."
Oral History Interviews
First book to describe the African-American experience in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Consists of oral histories, memoirs, and old photographs as well as selected data from public records.