Virginia Historical Society

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Virginia Historical Society

Founded in 1831, the Virginia Historical Society is a private organization and derives its support from membership and endowment. Chief Justice John Marshall was elected its first president, and former president James Madison was elected its first honorary member. The organization is housed in the Battle Abbey, that began as the Confederate Memorial Association shrine to the Confederate Dead.

Contact Information

E-mail: (Frances Pollard, Chief Librarian)


Virginia Historical Society
428 North Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23220

Telephone: 804-358-4901

Hours: Mon. to Sat. 10 a.m. to  5 p.m., closed federal holidays[1]

Public transportation, maps, and directions:

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Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Virginia Historical Society Papers (FamilySearch Historical Records)


Admission to the research library and museum is free.[1]


Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a record at the Virginia Historical Society, a similar record may be available at one of the following.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Visit the VHS," Virginia Historical Society,, accessed 10 February 2012.

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