A Guide to the Alexandria Virginia City Records, 175?-1983 Alexandria Virginia City Records 19

A Guide to the Alexandria Virginia City Records, 175?-1983

A Collection in
Alexandria Library
Local History/Special Collections
Accession Number 19


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Repository
Alexandria Library, Local History/Special Collections
Accession Number
19
Title
Alexandria Virginia City Records 175?-1983
Physical Characteristics
The collection contains reports, correspondence, account books, minutes, warrants, court orders, vouchers, bills to be paid and to be collected, some printed matter, stocks and bonds, petitions, election returns, and poll books.
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Alexandria Virginia City Records, Accession #19, Alexandria Library, Local History/Special Collections, Alexandria, Va.

Acquisition Information

The following records were used to form the collection known as the Alexandria City Records: Sweeney Papers (formerly box #59), Judge Daniel O'Flaherty Collection--Alexandria Town Council (formerly box #107), Alexandria Poll Books (formerly box #49), also contents formerly in boxes #27, 140, 143, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 154, 155, 159, and 192.

Alternative Form Available

Microfiche Collection--Sweeney Papers

Microfilm Collection--Judge Daniel O'Flaherty Collection--Alexandria Town Council

Microfilm Collection--Reels #00027, 00070, 00431, 00473, 00479, 00481, 00548, 00552, 00564


Biographical/Historical Information

Alexandria, a major port city along the Potomac River, was founded in 1749. Ceded by Virginia to the federal government in 1801 to be part of the nation's capital, Alexandria was retroceded in 1847. During the Civil War, Union forces occupied and governed Alexandria. In 1922, the city adopted the Council-City Manager form of government.

Scope and Content

The collection contains reports, correspondence, account books, minutes, warrants, court orders, vouchers, bills to be paid and to be collected, some printed matter, stocks and bonds, petitions, election returns, and poll books, ranging in date from 175- to 1983, predominately 1825-1875. Topics include both the city auditor and the city treasurer records of receipts and expenditures for many city functions--the poor house, the police, employee pay records, etc.--, election results, the issuance of Corporation stocks and bonds, railroads, and canals.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into the following series:

I--Auditor (1809-1954)--subdivided into twenty-four (24) subseries (see attached folder listing), each chronological by year;

II--Treasurer (1818-1923)--chronological by year;

III--Mayor (1831-1877)--chronological by year;

IV--City Council (1800-1954)--subdivided into eleven (11) subseries (see attached folder listing), each chronological by year;

V--Clerk of the Council (1785-1874)--chronological by year;

VI--Commissioners of the Sinking Fund (1845-1876)--chronological by year;

VII--Commissioner of the Revenue (1795-1946)--includes commissioner as tax assessor, (see attached folder listing), chronological by year;

VIII--Corporation Officers (1795-1876)--arrangement as per the 1898-1899 Annual Report where possible, the rest alphabetically, each chronological by year;

IX--Gas Works and Water Works (1856-1876)--chronological by year;

X--Court Records (1791-1957)--subdivided into eight (8) subseries (see attached folder listing), each chronological by year;

XI--Elections (1808-1883)--subdivided into Poll Books, by ward and year, and returns, chronological by year;

XII--City Manager (1936-1966)--subdivided into four (4) subseries (see attached folder list), each chronological by year;

XIII--City Engineer (1910-1935)--chronological by year;

XIV--City Jail (1956-1957)--Chronological by year;

XV--Alexandria redevelopment and Housing Authority (1951-1958)--chronological by year;

XVI--Department of Planning and Urban Renewal (1956-1965)--chronological by year;

XVII--Various City Officials (1922-1983)--alphabetical by title, then chronological (sse attached folder listing);

XVIII--Annual Reports (1954-1983)--chronological by year;

XIX--Miscellaneous (175?-1932)--alphabetical by title,

XX--Personal Property Tax Records (1870-1950-incomplete) chronolgical by year,

XXI-Land Books (1926-1928, 1930-1950), chronological by year.

Related Material

Manuscript Collections #40, 41, 42, 43 A - G, 44 A - J, 45, (1892-1929)--Building Permits

Manuscript Collection #46 A - J (1936-1939)--Plumbing permits

Manuscript Collection #105 A - N (1903-1950s)--Voter Registration Books

Separated Material


Contents List

Box 19-19.5: Alexandria Virginia City Papers 175?-1983
Box: 19-19.5

Click here to link to the Manuscripts Index and select Box 019 from the list.