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 histories provide important personal accounts of historical events. Over 100 oral histories are available on audio cassette in Perry Library's Special Collections. The majority of these materials are interviews with former and present administrators, faculty, and staff of Old Dominion University, compiled during research on various stages in the university's history. Additional interviews were conducted with members of the Tidewater community and others. More interviews will be added as they are conducted."
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.