A Guide to the Work Projects Administration of Virginia Records, 1939-1943 Work Projects Administration of Virginia Records, 1939-1943 30432

A Guide to the Work Projects Administration of Virginia Records, 1939-1943

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the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 30432


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Processed by: Chad Underwood

Repository
The Library of Virginia
Accession Number
30432
Title
Work Projects Administration of Virginia Records, 1939-1943
Extent
186.55 cubic feet (554 boxes)
Creator
Work Projects Administration of Virginia
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

THIS COLLECTION IS LOCATED AT THE STATE RECORDS CENTER. CONTACT ARCHIVES RESEARCH SERVICES FOR ACCESS INFORMATION, DIRECTIONS, AND HOURS.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Work Projects Administration of Virginia. Records, 1939-1943. Accession 30432. Federal records collections, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Acquisition Information

The collection came to the Library of Virginia in five accessions. The bulk of the collection came in one accession: Transferred to the Library, 22 July 1942 (Accession 30432). This accession (30432) is used to describe and identify the entire collection.

At later dates other intergral WPA records were donated to the Library of Virginia and are interfiled within the larger collection.

Transferred from General Library, Richmond, Virginia, February 1976 (Accession 28871).

Gift of University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, June 1982 (Accession 31440).

Transferred from General Library, Richmond, Virginia, August 1984 (Accession 32167).

Donor information unavailable (Accession 36002).


Historical Information

The Work Projects Administration (known as the Works Progress Administration until 1 July 1939) was established by an executive order of 6 May 1935, as the agency responsible for the execution of the United States government's work-relief program as a whole. Before this the federal government had participated in the relief program through the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA), set up under an act of 12 May 1933, and the Civil Works Administration, established by an executive order of 9 November 1933, the two agencies having a common administrator. With the abolition of the Civil Works Administration in March 1934, the records of the agency were transferred to the Emergency Work Relief Program of the FERA, which continued in existence until December 1935. The administration of work relief, however, was taken over by the WPA when that agency was created in May 1935. Under the President's Reorganization Plan No. I, effective on 1 July 1939, the WPA was made part of the Federal Works Agency. The WPA was officially abolished on 30 June 1943.

The WPA in Virginia constructed roads, such as the Blue Ridge Parkway and buildings on college campuses. The WPA also created jobs for those with other talents such as writers, who were put to work completing surveys of historical records of the Commonwealth and collecting the life histories of Virginians, including ones who formerly had been slaves.

Scope and Content

The following is a preliminary inventory and finding aid. The collection is not fully processed but is available to patrons at the State Records Center. Records, 1939-1943, of the Work Projects Administration of Virginia documenting its efforts to provide relief jobs for artists, musicians, actors, and white-collar and professional workers during the Great Depression. While many jobs created by the federal government during this period were primarily construction work, repair work, and other manual labor jobs, the WPA also established federal art, music, theater and writers' projects to provide relief jobs for unemployed clerks, writers, editors, lawyers, teachers, librarians, and similar workers. This collection contains various surveys and writing projects such as oral histories, abstracts and transcripts of court records, published books, radio plays, and state histories. Of note are the Virginia Writers' Project Life Histories, which recorded the life stories of men and women from a variety of regions, occupations, and ethnic groups and include over 300 slave narratives. Also of note are the Historical Records Survey, Virginia Historical Inventory, a collection of photographs, maps, and detailed reports documenting the architectural, cultural, and family histories of thousands of 18th- and 19th-century buildings in communities across Virginia.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into the following series:

I. Historical Records Survey II. Virginia Writers' Project III. Clipping Files IV. Photographs V. Miscellaneous Files

Contents List

Series I. Historical Records Survey.

This series consists of seven subseries: 1. Inventories of Counties and Cities; 2. Inventories of State; 3. Church Records; 4. Production Files; 5. Court Abstracts and Transcripts; 6. Miscellaneous Programs; and 7. Virginia Historical Inventory.

  • Subseries 1. Inventories of Counties and Cities.

    Consists of survey forms describing types of information and records stored at county and city municipal offices, including chancery dockets, clerk minute books and daybooks.

    Arranged alphabetically with counties listed first and then independent cities.

    • Box 1
      Counties of Accomack-Albemarle.
    • Box 2
      County of Albemarle.
    • Box 3
      Counties of Alleghany-Amherst.
    • Box 4
      Counties of Amherst-Arlington.
    • Box 5
      Counties of Arlington-Augusta.
    • Box 6
      Counties of Augusta-Bland.
    • Box 7
      Counties of Botetourt-Brunswick.
    • Box 8
      Counties of Buckingham-Caroline.
    • Box 9
      Counties of Caroline-Clarke.
    • Box 10
      Counties of Clarke-Culpeper.
    • Box 11
      Counties of Culpeper-Dickenson.
    • Box 12
      Counties of Elizabeth City-Fairfax.
    • Box 13
      Counties of Fauquier-Franklin.
    • Box 14
      Counties of Franklin-Grayson.
    • Box 15
      Counties of Grayson-Halifax.
    • Box 16
      Counties of Halifax-Hanover.
    • Box 17
      Counties of Hanover-Henrico.
    • Box 18
      Counties of Henrico-Henry.
    • Box
      Counties of Henry-James City.
    • Box 20
      Counties of James City-Lancaster.
    • Box 21
      Counties of Lee-Louisa.
    • Box 22
      Counties of Louisa -Montgomery.
    • Box 23
      County of Nansemond.
    • Box 24
      Counties of Nansemond-Nelson.
    • Box 25
      County of New Kent.
    • Box 26
      Counties of New Kent-Norfolk.
    • Box 27
      Counties of Norfolk-Nottoway.
    • Box 28
      Counties of Page-Pittsylvania.
    • Box 29
      Counties of Pittsylvania-Prince Edward.
    • Box 30
      Counties of Prince Edward-Princess Anne.
    • Box 31
      Counties of Pulaski-Rappahannock.
    • Box 32
      Counties of Richmond-Roanoke.
    • Box 33
      Counties of Roanoke-Rockingham.
    • Boxes 34-35
      County of Rockingham.
    • Box 36
      Counties of Rockingham-Scott.
    • Box 37
      Counties of Shenandoah-Smythe.
    • Box 38
      Counties of Southampton-Tazewell.
    • Box 39
      Counties of Tazewell-Warwick.
    • Box 40
      County of Warwick.
    • Box 41
      Counties of Warwick-Washington.
    • Box 42
      Counties of Washington-Westmoreland.
    • Box 43
      Counties of Westmoreland-Wise.
    • Box 44
      Counties of Wise-York.
    • Box 45
      Municipalities of Abingdon-Danville.
    • Box 46
      Municipalities of Danville-Hampton.
    • Box 47
      Municipalities of Harrisonburg-Lynchburg.
    • Box 48
      Municipalities of Lynchburg-Newport News.
    • Box 49
      Municipality of Norfolk.
    • Box 50
      Municipalities of Norfolk-Portsmouth.
    • Box 51
      Municipalities of Portsmouth-Richmond.
    • Box 52
      Municipality of Richmond.
    • Box 53
      Municipalities of Richmond-Roanoke.
    • Box 54
      Municipalities of Roanoke-Staunton.
    • Box 55
      Municipalities of Suffolk-Wise.
    • Boxes 56-58
      Municipality of Rockingham.
    • Box 59
      Municipalities of Russell-Scott.
    • Box 60
      Municipalities of Scott-Shenandoah.
  • Subseries 2. Inventories of State.

    Consists of survey forms detailing types of records found at various Virginia state offices, including the State Library of Virginia.

    • Boxes 61-64
      Inventories, State.
    • Boxes 549-550
      Inventories, Miscellaneous.
  • Subseries 3. Church Records.

    Consists of notes on churches in Virginia, detailing the history of the church, types of records at the church, and physical description of the church.

    • Boxes 102-111
      Church Records, Episcopal.
    • Box 112
      Church Records, Presbyterian.
    • Boxes 113-117
      Church Records.
    • Boxes 118-121
      Church Records-Historical Facts, miscellaneous 5x8 cards.
  • Subseries 4. Production Files.

    Consists of rough drafts of entries for work forms and research notes from counties.

    • Boxes 260-266
      County of Essex.
    • Boxes 267-276
      County of Pittsylvania.
    • Box 277
      County of King William.
    • Box 278
      Counties of King William and Halifax.
    • Boxes 279-284
      County of Halifax.
    • Box 285
      Counties of Halifax and Prince William.
    • Boxes 286-291
      County of Prince William.
    • Boxes 292-293
      County of Norfolk.
    • Boxes 294-296
      County of Princess Anne.
    • Boxes 297-302
      County Archives, Legal Research.
    • Box 303
      County Archives, Legal Research and Vital Statistics.
    • Boxes 304-306
      County Archives, Vital Statistics.
    • Boxes 307-344
      Imprints.
  • Subseries 5. Court Abstracts and Transcripts.

    Consists of abstracts and transcripts of court records, including minute books and order books.

    Arranged alphabetically with counties listed first and then independent cities.

    • Box 397
      County of Amelia, 1735-1763 .

      Includes Order Book 1, 1735-1746 through Order Book 7, 1763.

    • Box 398
      County of Amelia, 1764-1778 .

      Includes Order Book 8, 1764-1765 through Order Book _, 1776-1778.

    • Box 399
      County of Amelia, 1780-1804 .

      Order Book 15, 1780-1782 through Order Book 24, 1800-1804. (Order Book 16 is missing)

    • Box 400
      County of Amelia, 1801-1828 .

      Order Book 25, 1801-1802 through Order Book 35, 1827-1828.

    • Box 401
      County of Amelia, 1828-1837 .

      Order Book 36, 1828-1829 through Order Book 39, 1834-1837.

    • Box 402
      County of Arlington, 1847-1852 .

      Minutes County Court 2, 1847-1852.

    • Box 403
      County of Arlington, 1847-1855 .

      Minutes County Court 2, 1847-1852 and Minutes County Court 3, 1852-1855.

    • Box 404
      County of Arlington, 1855-1858 .

      Minutes County Court 4, 1855-1858.

    • Box 405
      County of Arlington, 1858-1862 .

      Minute Book 5, 1858-1862.

    • Box 406
      County of Arlington, 1858-1862 .

      Index to Minute Book 5, 1858-1862 through miscellaneous records.

    • Box 407
      County of Bedford, 1754-1771 .

      Order Book I-A, 1754-1758 through Order Book III, 1763-1771

    • Box 408
      County of Bedford, 1763-1771 .

      Order Book III, 1763-1771.

    • Box 409
      County of Buckingham, 1870-1928 .

      Supervisors Minute Books, 1870-1928 through Order Books, 1870-1892.

    • Box 410
      County of Carroll, 1842-1846 .

      Order Book I-A, 1842-1843 through Order Book 1, 1842-1843.

    • Box 411
      County of Carroll, 1842-1852 .

      Order Book 1, 1842-1846 through Order Book 2, 1847-1852.

    • Box 412
      County of Carroll, 1847-1857 .

      Order Book 2, 1847-1852 through Order Book 4, 1852-1857. (Order Book 3 missing)

    • Box 413
      County of Carroll, 1852-1857 .

      Order Book 4, 1852-1857.

    • Box 414
      County of Charles City, 1860-1872 .

      Order Book, 1860-1872.

    • Box 415
      County of Charles City, 1860-1872 .

      Order Book, 1860-1872.

    • Box 416
      County of Clarke, 1836-1845 .

      Order Book A, 1836-1845.

    • Box 417
      County of Craig, 1851-1860 .

      Order Book, 1851-1860.

    • Box 418
      County of Craig, 1851-1876 .

      Order Book, 1851-1860 through Order Book, 1865-1876.

    • Box 419
      County of Craig, 1865-1888 .

      Order Book, 1865-1876 through Order Book 2, 1877-1888.

    • Box 420
      County of Craig, 1877-1888 .

      Order Book 2, 1877-1888.

    • Box 421
      County of Cumberland, 1749-1758 .

      Order Book, 1749-1751 through Order Book, 1752-1758.

    • Box 422
      County of Dickenson, 1880-1896 .

      Chancery Order Book, 1881-1896 through Law Order Book 1, 1880-1884.

    • Box 423
      County of Dickenson, 1880-1888 .

      Law Order Book 1, 1880-1884 through Law Order Book 2, 1884-1888.

    • Box 424
      County of Dickenson, 1884-1891 .

      Law Order Book 2, 1884-1888 through Law Order Book 3, 1888-1891.

    • Box 425
      County of Dinwiddie, 1855-1863 .

      Order Book 2, 1858-1863 and Minute Book 1, 1855-1858.

    • Box 426
      County of Dinwiddie, 1832-1938 .

      Order Book 2-8, 1858-1904; Chancery Order Book 1-3, 1832-1883; Chancery Order Book 2-4, 1918-1938; Order Book 2, 1873-1909; Minute Book 1, 1855-1858; Fiduciary Record, 1856-1897, 1904-1918; Supervisors Record 1-3, 1870-1938; Order Book 1-6, 1909-1938; Abstracts.

    • Box 427
      County of Fairfax, 1749.

      Order Book, 1734-1749

    • Box 428
      County of Fairfax, 1754-1772 .

      Order Book, 1770-1772 and Orders, 1754-1756.

    • Box 429
      County of Fairfax, 1783-1792 .

      Order Book, 1783-1788; Order Book, 1788-1792 (incomplete) and Index A-W.

    • Box 430
      County of Greenville, 1781-1789 .

      Order Book, 1781-1789.

    • Box 431
      County of Greenville, 1781-1858 .

      Order Book 1-12, 1781-1858; Order 2, 1790-1799 and abstracts.

    • Box 432
      County of Halifax, 1752-1763 .

      Index; Plea Books 1-4, 1752-1763 and Plea Book 2, 1755-1759.

    • Box 433
      County of Halifax, 1755-1762 .

      Index: Plea Book 2 1755-1759 and Plea Book 3, 1759-1762.

    • Box 434
      County of Halifax, 1759-1762 .

      Plea Book 3, 1759-1762.

    • Box 435
      County of Halifax, 1763-1767 .

      Plea Book 4, 1763-1764 and Plea Book 5, 1764-1767.

    • Box 436
      County of Halifax, 1767-1770 .

      Plea Book 6, 1767-1770 and Index.

    • Box 437
      County of Halifax, 1770-1773 .

      Plea Book 6 and Plea Book 7, 1770-1773.

    • Box 438
      County of Halifax, 1773-1774 .

      Plea Book 8, 1773-1774.

    • Box 439
      County of Hanover, 1809-1896 .

      Abstracts, 1809-1896.

    • Box 440
      County of Henrico, 1784-1789 .

      Order Book 2, 1784-1787 and Order Book 3, 1787-1789.

    • Box 441
      County of Henrico, 1781-1812 .

      Order Books 1-3, 1781-1789; Order Books 12-18, 1805-1812; Minute Books, 1789-1792; Minute book, 1792-1795; Minute Book, 1793-1795; Minute Book, 1803-1806 and abstracts.

    • Box 442
      County of Henry, 1777-1791 .

      Order Book 1, 1777-1778; Order Book 2, 1778-1782; Order Book 3, 1782-1785; Order Book 4, 1785-1788; Order Book 5, 1788-1791.

    • Box 443
      County of Henry, 1792-1804 .

      Order Book 6, 1792-1797 and Order Book 7 1797-1804.

    • Box 444
      County of Henry, 1804-1820 .

      Order Book 8, 1804-1808; Order Book 9, 1808-1811 and Order Book 10, 1811-1820.

    • Box 445
      County of King and Queen, 1858-1871 .

      Minute Books, 1858-1866 and Minute Books, 1866-1871.

    • Box 446
      County of King and Queen, 1871-1877 .

      Minute Book, 1871-1877 and Index.

    • Box 447
      County of King and Queen, 1877-1888 .

      Minute Book, 1877-1882 and Minute Book, 1883-1888.

    • Box 448
      County of King William, 1677-1895 .

      Record Book 1, 1677-1895, Record Book 1, 1702-1707, Record Book 2, 1702-1786, Record Book 3, 1793-1800, Record Book 4, 1711-1805, Record Book 5, 1806-1810, Law Order Book, 1889-1892, and County Court Orders Book 3, 1892-1895.

    • Box 449
      County of King William, 1811-1889 .

      Order Book 3, Minute Book 1, 1885-1889, and Record Book 6, 1811-1816.

    • Box 450
      County of Lee, 1808-1904 .

      Law Order Book 1, 1808-1811, Order Book 1, 1831-1847, Order Book 2, 1843-1854, Law Order Book 2, 1814-1819, and List of Law Order Books, 1808-1904.

    • Box 451
      County of Lee, 1814-1834 .

      Order Book 2, 1814-1819, Law Order Book 3, 1826-1834.

    • Box 452
      County of Loudoun, 1757-1773 .

      Order Book A, 1757-1762, Order Book B, 1762-1765, Order Book C, 1765-1767, Order Book D, 1767-1769, and Order Book E, 1770-1773.

    • Box 453
      County of Loudoun, 1762-1767 .

      Order Book B, 1762-1765 and Order Book C, 1765-1767.

    • Box 454
      County of Montgomery, 1773-1786 .

      Order Book 1, 1773-1786.

    • Box 455
      County of Montgomery.

      Order Book 2 and pages of index.

    • Box 456
      County of Montgomery.

      Order Book 2 through Order Book 4.

    • Box 457
      County of Montgomery, 1772-1793 .

      Order Book 1, 1772-1788, Order Book 2, 1774, Order Book 3, 1779, Order Book 5, 1790-1791 and Order Book 6, 1792-1793.

    • Box 458
      Counties of Nansemond and Northumberland, 1807-1904 .

      Nansemond Law Order Book 1, 1885 and Order Book 1, 1866-1871. Northumberland Abstracts, Law Order Book, 1861-1904, Supervisor's Book 1-3, 1807-1902.

    • Box 459
      County of Page, 1831-1844 .

      Order Book 1, 1831-1838 and Order Book 2, 1838-1844.

    • Box 460
      County of Page, 1844-1854 .

      Minute Book 3, 1844-1850 and Minute Book 4, 1850-1854.

    • Box 461
      County of Page, 1831-1868 .

      Minute Book 4, 1850-1854, Minute Book 5, 1855-1861, Minute Book 6, 1862-1868, Order 1, 1831-1838, Order Book 2, 1838-1844, and Order Book 3, 1844-1850.

    • Box 462
      County of Pittsylvania, 1767-1772 .

      Court Records 1, Court Records, 1767-1772, and index.

    • Box 463
      County of Pittslyvania, 1772-1775 .

      Court Records and Orders 2, 1772-1775

    • Box 464
      County of Pittsylvania.

      Court Records 2.

    • Box 465
      County of Pittsylvania, 1776-1791 .

      Court Records 3, 1776-1791 and Court Records 4, 1777-1783.

    • Box 466
      County of Pittsylvania, 1777-1783 .

      Court Records 4, 1777-1783 and Court Records 5, 1783-1787.

    • Box 467
      County of Pittsylvania, 1783-1787 .

      Court Records 5, 1783-1787

    • Box 468
      County of Pittsylvania, 1767-1905 .

      Order Book 1, 1767-1772, Order Book 1 1787-1791, Order Books 2-13, 1772-1809, Judgement Lein Docket and Execution Books 2, 1889-1905, Index, and miscellaneous list of clerk's records.

    • Box 469
      County of Powhatan, 1777-1814 .

      Order Books 1-11, 1777-1814.

    • Box 470
      County of Powhatan, 1814-1816 .

      Order Book 12, 1814-1816.

    • Box 471
      County of Prince William, 1752-1839 .

      Order Books 1-6, 1752-1839.

    • Box 472
      County of Prince William, 1761-1806 .

      Order Book 4, 1761-1763, Order Book 5, 1766-1769, and Order Book 7, 1804-1806.

    • Box 473
      County of Prince William, 1794-1807 .

      District Court Order Book, 1794-1798 and District Court Order Book 8, 1804-1807.

    • Box 474
      County of Prince William.

      District Court Order Book 8.

    • Box 475
      County of Pulaski.

      County Court Order Books 1-12 and Circuit Court Order Books 1-4.

    • Box 476
      County of Pulaski.

      Circuit Court Order Books 5-9.

    • Box 477
      County of Pulaski, 1870-1898 .

      Circuit Court Order Books 10-11, Circuit Court Chancery Orders 1-2, Minute Book 1, Supervisor's Order Book 1, 1870-1893 and 1885-1898.

    • Box 478
      County of Pulaski, 1893-1925 .

      Supervisor's Order Book 1, 1904-1906, Supervisor's Order Book 2, 1893-1911, Supervisor's Order Book 3, 1911-1925 and 1898-1904, Supervisor's Order Books 4-5 and records.

    • Box 479
      County of Pulaski, 1871-1929 .

      Minutes of Board of Supervisors Settlements, 1871-1825, Road Accounts, 1906-1919, and Supervisors Road Order Books, 1920-1929.

    • Box 480
      County of Rappahannock, 1833-1840 .

      Minute Book A, 1833-1836, and Minute Book B, 1836-1840.

    • Box 481
      County of Rappahannock, 1840-1847 .

      Minute Book C, 1840-1843 and Minute Book D, 1843-1847.

    • Box 482
      County of Rappahannock.

      Minute Book E.

    • Box 483
      County of Rappahannock, 1852-1862 .

      Minute Book F, 1852-1856, index, Minute Book G, 1856-1862.

    • Box 484
      County of Rappahannock.

      Minute Book I, M, and N, Common Law Order Books A-G, and Supervisor's Minute Book 1-4.

    • Box 485
      County of Richmond, 1692-1825 .

      Order Books 1-26, 1692-1825.

    • Box 486
      County of Richmond, 1825-1881 .

      Order Books 27-32, 1825-1881.

    • Box 487
      County of Richmond, 1857-1937 .

      Order Books 33-34, 1882-1904, Record Book of Board of Supervisors, 1870-1837, Circuit Court Order Book, 1857-1927, and Records of Local Board of Review.

    • Box 488
      County of Russell, 1786-1838 .

      Law Order Books 1-10, 1786-1838.

    • Box 489
      County of Russell, 1853-1897 .

      Order Books 11-21, 1853-1890 and Order Books 22-23, 1890-1897.

    • Box 490
      County of Russell, 1831-1919 .

      Chancery Order Book 1, 1831-1872, Law Order Books 24-25, 1897-1904, Supervisors Order Book 1, 1871-1897, and Supervisors Order Books 3-5, 1897-1919.

    • Box 491
      County of Scott, 1815-1832 .

      Order Book 1, 1815-1819, Order Book 2, 1819-1824, Order Book 3, 1824-1828, Order Book 4, 1828-1832, and List of Law Order Books.

    • Box 492
      County of Scott, 1819-1824 .

      Order Book 2, 1819-1824.

    • Box 493
      County of Scott.

      Order Book 2.

    • Box 494
      County of Scott, 1819-1828 .

      Order Book 2, 1819-1824 and Order Book 3, 1824-1828.

    • Box 495
      County of Scott, 1824-1832 .

      Order Book 3, 1824-1828 and Order Book 4, 1828-1832.

    • Box 496
      County of Scott, 1828-1832 .

      Order Book 4, 1828-1832.

    • Box 497
      County of Shenandoah, 1772-1800 .

      Minute Book, 1774-1780, Minute Book, 1785-1788, Minute Book, 1791-1796, Minute Book 1798-1800, and Order Book 1772-1774.

    • Box 498
      County of Shenandoah, 1781-1798 .

      Order Book, 1781-1784, Order Book 1784-1786, and Order Book 1795-1798.

    • Box 500
      County of Southampton, 1759-1824 .

      Order Books 1759-1824.

    • Box 501
      County of Southampton, 1793-1843 .

      Order Books, 1835-1843 and Minute Books, 1793-1835.

    • Box 502
      County of Spotsylvania, 1724-1774 .

      Order Book, 1724-1730, Order Book, 1730-1738, and Order Book, 1768-1774.

    • Box 503
      County of Spotsylvania, 1774-1831 .

      Order Book, 1774-1782, Order Book 1, 1782-1786, and Order Book, 1809-1831.

    • Box 504
      County of Spotsylvania, 1786-1789 .

      Minute Book, 1786-1789.

    • Box 505
      County of Tazewell, 1821-1846 .

      Order Books, 1809-1846, Minute Books, 1821-1831, Circuit Court Order Books, 1832-1844, Circuit Court Order Books, 1825-1831.

    • Box 506
      County of Tazewell, 1831-1841 .

      Minute Book, 1831-1841

    • Box 507
      County of Tazewell, 1840-1849 .

      Special Terms-Minutes of County Court, 1840-1849.

    • Box 508
      County of Warren, 1836-1855 .

      Common Law Orders A, 1836-1855 and Minute Book A, 1836-1844.

    • Box 509
      County of Warren, 1836-1853 .

      Minute Book A, County Court, 1836-1844, Minute Book B, County Court, 1844-1853.

    • Box 510
      County of Wise, 1856-1883 .

      Order Books 1-3, 7 and 8, 1856-1883.

    • Box 511
      County of Wise, 1863-1888 .

      Order Book 7, 1885-1888 and Order Book, 1863-1867.

    • Box 512
      County of Wise, 1885-1888 .

      Order book 7, 1885-1888.

    • Box 513
      County of Wise, 1885-1889 .

      Order Book 7, 1885-1888 and Order Book 8, 1888-1889.

    • Box 514
      County of Wise, 1888-1889 .

      Order Book 8, 1888-1889.

    • Box 515
      County of Wise, 1889-1891 .

      Order Book 9, 1889-1891.

    • Box 516
      County of Wythe, 1790-1900 .

      Minute Books, 1790-1805 and Order Books, 1790-1900.

    • Box 517
      County of Wythe, 1790-1805 .

      Minute Books, 1790-1805.

    • Box 518
      County of Wythe County, 1799-1808 .

      Order Book, 1799-1801 and Order Book, 1805-1808.

    • Box 519
      County of Wythe, 1809-1812 .

      Order Books, 1809-1812

    • Box 520
      County of Wythe, 1812-1815 .

      Order Book, 1812-1815.

    • Box 521
      Fredericksburg City, 1781-1804 .

      Order Book D, 1801-1804, Hastings Court Law Book A, 1781-1785, District Court law Order Book A, 1789-1793, District Court Law Order Book B, 1794-1798, District Court Law Order Book C, 1799-1801.

    • Box 522
      Fredericksburg City, 1804-1806 .

      District Court Order Book, 1804-1806.

    • Box 523
      Fredericksburg City, 1807-1811 .

      Order Book F, 1807-1811.

    • Box 524
      Lynchburg City, 1867-1886 .

      Chancery Orders 1-5, 1867-1886.

    • Box 525
      Lynchburg City, 1889-1898 .

      Chancery Orders 7, 1889-1892 and Chancery Orders 9, 1895-1898.

    • Box 526
      Lynchburg City, 1898-1922 .

      Chancery Orders 10-15, 1898-1922.

    • Box 527
      Lynchburg City, 1812-1913 .

      Hustings Court Order Book, 1812-1817, Corporation Court Law Orders, 1868-1872, Corporation Court Law Orders, 1874-1913.

    • Box 528
      Lynchburg City, 1903-1924 .

      Corporation Court Law Order Books 19-27, 1903-1924.

    • Box 529
      Lynchburg City, 1924-1938 .

      Corporation Court Law Order Books 28-33, 1924-1938.

    • Box 530
      Lynchburg City, 1823-1939 .

      Circuit-Superior Court Law Order Books 1-15, 1823-1939

    • Box 531
      Richmond City, 1793-1870 .

      Hustings Court Minute Books 1-31, 1793-1870.

    • Box 532
      Richmond City, 1782-1879 .

      Hustings Court Order Books 1-13, 1782-1817, Common Law Order Books, 1-7, 1860-1870, Hustings Court Order Books 1-10, 1870-1879.

    • Box 533
      Richmond City, 1879-1901 .

      Hustings Court Order Books 11-38, 1879-1901.

    • Box 534
      Richmond City, 1901-1910 .

      Hustings Court Order Books 39-51, 1901-1910.

    • Box 535
      Richmond City, 1911-1916 .

      Hustings Court Order Books 53-60, 1911-1916.

    • Box 536
      Roanoke City, 1884-1909 .

      Order Books 1-26, 1884-1909.

    • Box 537
      Roanoke City, 1909-1917 .

      Order Books 27-35, 1909-1917.

    • Box 538
      Roanoke City, 1917-1921 .

      Order Books 36-41, 1917-1921.

    • Box 539
      Roanoke City, 1921-1926 .

      Order Books 42-50, 1921-1926.

    • Box 540
      Roanoke City, 1926-1931 .

      Order Book 51-60, 1926-1931.

    • Box 541
      Roanoke City, 1931-1939 .

      Order Book 61-75, 1931-1939.

    • Box 542
      Roanoke City, 1910-1939 .

      Law and Chancery Court Common Law Order Books 1-13, 1910-1939.

    • Box 543
      Roanoke City, 1884-1926 .

      Chancery Order Books 1-10, 1884-1904 and Chancery Order Books 1-7, 1910-1926.

    • Box 549
      Roanoke City, 1926-1939 .

      Chancery Order Books 8-18, 1926-1939.

  • Subseries 6. Miscellaneous Programs.

    Consists of information on miscellaneous programs run by the W.P.A, including the School Lunch program, Nutrition Camps of Virginia, and the Feeding Project of Virginia.

    • Boxes 545-547
      Miscellaneous Programs.
  • Subseries 7. Virginia Historical Inventory.

    This subseries has been digitized and is available online. Click here and select "Virginia Historical Inventory" from the alphabetical list of digital collections in order to search and view the documents online. The manuscript copies are housed in Special Collections at the Library of Virginia.

II. Virginia Writers Project.

This series consists of eleven subseries: 1. Historical Files; 2. Handbook of Procedures; 3. Radio Plays; 4. Life Histories; 5. Biographical Files; 6. Mimeographed Pamphlets; 7. Manuscripts of Published Works; 8. Statewide History; 9. Unfinished Books; 10. Printed Books; and 11. Feature Articles.

  • Subseries 1. Historical Files.

    Consists of handwritten research sheets on the origins of counties and cities and famous people, buildings, events, and battles that occurred in the corresponding areas.

    Arranged alphabetically with counties listed first and then independent cities.

    • Boxes 122-124
      County of Albemarle.
    • Boxes 125-129
      County of Dinwiddie.
    • Boxes 130-138
      County of Princess Ann and Municipality of Norfolk.
    • Boxes 139-141
      County of Sussex.
    • Boxes 142-146
      County of Warren.
    • Box 147
      Counties of Accomack-Augusta.
    • Box 148
      Counties of Bath-Campbell.
    • Box 149
      Counties of Campbell-Charlotte.
    • Box 150
      Counties of Chesterfield-Fairfax.
    • Box 151
      Counties of Fauquier-Franklin.
    • Box 152
      County of Franklin.
    • Box 153
      Counties of Franklin-Goochland.
    • Box 154
      Counties of Grayson-Henrico.
    • Box 155
      Counties of Henrico-Lancaster.
    • Box 156
      Counties of Lee-Northampton.
    • Box 157
      Counties of Northumberland-Prince William.
    • Box 158
      Counties of Pulaski-Richmond.
    • Box 159
      Counties of Rockbridge-Southampton.
    • Box 160
      Counties of Spotsylvania-Wise.
    • Box 161
      Counties of Wythe-York and Miscellaneous.
    • Box 162
      Municipalities of Alexandria-Fredericksburg.
    • Boxes 163-164
      Municipality of Fredericksburg.
    • Box 165
      Municipalities of Hampton-Newport News.
    • Box 166
      Municipalities of Norfolk-Winchester.
    • Box 167
      Municipality of Winchester.
  • Subseries 2. Handbook of Procedures.

    Consists of Handbook of Procedures for State and District Work Projects Administration.

    • Box 168
      Handbook of Procedures for State and District Work Projects Administration.
  • Subseries 3. Radio Plays.

    Consists of typewritten radio plays by Virginia Writers' Project employees.

    • Boxes 169-176
      Radio Plays.
    • Box 177
      Radio Plays, Including "Virginia Traveler Contest Letters".
    • Boxes 553-554
      Radio Plays.
  • Subseries 4. Life Histories.

    Consists of approximately 1,350 life histories, social-ethnic studies, and youth studies plus more than 50 interviews with former slaves which were created by the staff of the Virginia Writers' Project. The life histories are available on microfilm on Misc. Reels 1846-1853. The life histories have also been digitized and are available online. Click here and select "WPA Life Histories Collection" from the alphabetical list of digital collections in order to search and view the documents online.

    • Box 178
      Life Histories 00001-00067.
    • Box 179a
      Life Histories 00068-00126.
    • Box 179b
      Life Histories 00127-00173.
    • Box 180
      Life Histories 00174-00236.
    • Box 181a
      Life Histories 00237-00292.
    • Box 181b
      Life Histories 00293-00355.
    • Box 182
      Life Histories 00356-00445.
    • Box 183
      Life Histories 00446-00509.
    • Box 184a
      Life Histories 00510-00563.
    • Box 184b
      Life Histories 00564-00593.
    • Box 185
      Life Histories 00594-00649.
    • Box 186a
      Life Histories 00650-00698.
    • Box 186b
      Life Histories 00699-00773.
    • Box 187a
      Life Histories 00774-00836.
    • Box 187b
      Life Histories 00837-00857.
    • Box 188a
      Life Histories 00893-00935.
    • Box 188b
      Life Histories 00858-00892.
    • Box 189a
      Life Histories 00936-00984.
    • Box 189b
      Life Histories 00985-01016.
    • Box 190a
      Life Histories 01017-01111.
    • Box 190b
      Life Histories 01112-01163.
    • Box 191/1
      Life Histories 01164-01222.
    • Box 191/2
      Life Histories 01223-01274.
    • Box 191a/1
      Life Histories 01275-01367.

      Ex-Slave Interviews.

    • Box 191a/2
      Life Histories 01368-01427.

      Ex-Slave Interviews.

    • Box 191b
      Life Histories.

      Duplicates of Boxes 178-180.

    • Box 191c
      Life Histories.

      Duplicates of Boxes 181-184.

    • Box 191d
      Life Histories.

      Duplicates of Boxes 183-187.

    • Box 191e
      Life Histories.

      Duplicates of Boxes 183-187.

    • Box 191f
      Life Histories.

      Duplicates of Boxes 190-191a. Handwritten duplicates.

  • Subseries 5. Biographical Files.

    Consists of biographies, including finished papers and handwritten and typewritten notes on notable Virginia citizens, such as doctors, governors, and jurists.

    Arranged alphabetically by last name.

    • Box 192
      Abernathy-Bayley.
    • Box 193
      Bellini-Bray.
    • Box 194
      Richard Bland and miscellaneous folders.
    • Box 195
      Miscellaneous Subjects.
    • Box 196
      Breckinridge-Campbell, Malcolm.
    • Box 197
      Campbell, William-Cocke Family.
    • Box 198
      Coke-Side File "D through F".
    • Box 199
      Dabney-Dysart.
    • Box 200
      Each-Side File "I through J".
    • Box 201
      Fain-Gmelin.
    • Box 202
      G-H.
    • Box 203
      Heath-Ivey.
    • Box 204
      Jackson Family-Julian.
    • Box 205
      Kegley-Side File "M".
    • Box 206
      Lackaye-Lyons.
    • Box 207
      MacBane-Mason.
    • Box 208
      Massey-Myers.
    • Box 209
      Nash-Pattilloo; Side File "N,P,R,S"; Information on Redford and Sussex County School Statistics.
    • Box 210
      Patton-Purefoy.
    • Box 211
      Redford-Sevier.
    • Box 212
      Shanks-Stover.
    • Box 213
      Strachan-Van Lew.
    • Box 214
      Van Meter-Wetmore.
    • Box 215
      Warton-"Z".
    • Box 216
      Side File "T"-"Y".
    • Box 217
      Book of Facts, "A-1" through "B-6"; Russell Papers.
    • Box 218
      Book of Facts, "B-7" through "F-3".
    • Box 219
      Book of Facts, "G-1" through "K".
    • Box 220
      Book of Facts, "L-1" through "N-3".
    • Box 221
      Book of Facts, "O" through "R-8".
    • Box 222
      Book of Facts, "R-9" through "T-4".
    • Box 223
      Book of Facts, "T-5" through "Y-1"; Virginia State Tax Bulletins,1939-1941.
    • Box 224
      Book of Facts, Counties of Albemarle and Dinwiddie; Carter's Index, "A-R".
    • Box 225
      Book of Facts, Carter's Index, "S-Z".
    • Box 226
      Religious Leaders, A-F.
    • Box 227
      Religious Leaders, "R-1" through end; Nathaniel Francis Cabell, Thomas Massie, and miscellaneous; Statesmen, "A" through end.
    • Box 228
      Jurists, "B" through end; 17th through 19th Century Doctors.
    • Box 235
      Half Sheet File, "A" through "M-2".
    • Box 236
      Half Sheet File, "M-3" through "Y".
    • Boxes 237-240
      Cross Index.
  • Subseries 6. Mimeographed Pamphlets.

    Consists of copies of papers and stories written by the Virginia Writers' Project on various subjects.

    • Boxes 229-232
      Extra Mimeographed Pamphlets.
    • Box 552
      Mimeographed Pamphlets.
  • Subseries 7. Manuscripts of Published Works.

    Consists of typed versions of papers and pamphlets written as part of the Virginia Writers' Project.

    • Boxes 233-234
      Manuscripts of Published Books.
  • Subseries 8. Statewide History.

    Papers and articles written on a variety of Virginia subjects as part of the Virginia Writers' Project.

    • Box 241
      Agriculture-National Defense.
    • Box 242
      National Resources-National Wonders.
    • Box 243
      Northern Neck-Newspapers.
    • Box 244
      Newspapers-Points of Interest.
    • Box 245
      Publications-Religious Denominations.
    • Box 246
      Roads-Social Life.
    • Box 247
      Social Life.
    • Box 248
      State Emblems-Transportation.
    • Box 249
      History, Explorers through Colonial, 1607-1736.
    • Box 250
      History, Revolutionary Period, 1777-1781 through Civil War, Battles and Campaigns.
    • Box 251
      History, Suffrage through Virginia.
    • Box 252
      Governors, Bennett-Berkeley.
    • Box 253
      Governors, Culpeper-Raleigh.
    • Box 254
      Governors, Randolph-Yeardley.
  • Subseries 9. Unfinished Books.
    • Boxes 255-256
      Unfinished books.
    • Boxes 257-259
      Important manuscripts.
  • Subseries 10. Printed Books.
    • Boxes 551-552
      Printed books.
  • Subseries 11. Feature Articles.
    • Box 553
      Feature articles.
Series III. Clipping Files.

Consists of newspaper clippings from various Virginia daily and weekly newspapers.

Arranged alphabetically by city or county name, with miscellaneous arranged to the front.

  • Box 345
    Clippings, 9 October 1933-June 1936.
  • Box 346
    Various state newspapers, 15 June-August 1936.
  • Box 347
    Abingdon Journal-Virginian through [Amelia C. H.] Gazette.
  • Box 348
    Amherst New Era-Progress through [Berryville] Clarke Courier.
  • Box 349
    [Big Stone Gap] Post through [Bristol] Herald-Courier.
  • Box 350
    [Bristol] Herald-Courier through Buchanan News.
  • Box 351
    [Cape Charles] Northampton Times through [Clarksville] Mecklenburg Times.
  • Box 352
    [Clifton Forge] Daily Review through [Covington] Virginian.
  • Box 353
    [Covington] Virginian through Danville Herald.
  • Box 354
    Danville Register through [Dillwyn] Buckingham Times.
  • Box 355
    [Drake's Branch] Charlotte Gazette through [Franklin] Tidewater News.
  • Box 356
    [Fredericksburg] Free Lance-Star through [Galax] Post-Herald.
  • Box 357
    [Gate City] Herald through [Harrisonburg] Daily News-Record.
  • Box 358
    [Harrisonburg] Daily News-Record through [Hopewell] News.
  • Box 359
    [Kenbridge] Free State News through [Lovingston] Nelson County News.
  • Box 360
    [Luray] Page News and Courier through [Lynchburg] Daily Advance.
  • Box 361
    [Lynchburg] Daily Advance through [Lynchburg] News.
  • Box 362
    [Lynchburg] News.
  • Box 363
    [Lynchburg] News through [Martinsville] Daily Bulletin.
  • Box 364
    [Martinsville] Daily Bulletin through [Newport News] Daily News.
  • Box 365
    [Newport News] Daily Press.
  • Box 366
    [Newport News] Daily Press through [Newport News] Times-Herald.
  • Box 367
    [Newport News] Times-Herald through [Norfolk] Ledger-Dispatch.
  • Box 368
    [Norfolk] Ledger-Dispatch.
  • Box 369
    [Norfolk] News-Index through [Norfolk] Virginian-Pilot.
  • Box 370
    [Norfolk] Virginian-Pilot through Orange Review.
  • Box 371
    [Palmyra] Midlands-Virginian through [Petersburg] Progress-Index.
  • Box 372
    [Petersburg] Progress-Index through [Petersburg] Southside Virginia News.
  • Box 373
    Portsmouth Star.
  • Box 374
    Portsmouth Star through [Radford] Evening Star.
  • Box 375
    Radford News-Journal through Richmond News-Leader.
  • Boxes 376-378
    Richmond News-Leader.
  • Box 379
    Richmond News-Leader through Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  • Boxes 380-383
    Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  • Box 384
    Roanoke Leader through Roanoke Times.
  • Boxes 385-386
    Roanoke Times.
  • Box 387
    [Roanoke] World-News.
  • Box 388
    [Roanoke] World-News through [Rustburg] Campbell County Times.
  • Box 389
    [Salem] Times-Register through [Staunton] Evening Leader.
  • Box 390
    [Staunton] News-Leader.
  • Box 391
    [Staunton] News-Leader through [Suffolk] News-Herald.
  • Box 392
    [Suffolk] News-Herald through Virginia Beach News.
  • Box 393
    [Wakefield] Tri-County News through Waynesboro News-Virginian.
  • Box 394
    Waynesboro News-Virginian through Winchester Evening Star.
  • Box 395
    [Woodstock] Shenandoah Herald through [Wytheville] Wythe County News.

    Includes obituary notices for William A. Smith, State W.P.A. Head, 1940; miscellaneous newspapers and magazines, 1938-1942, and booklet on reporting physical progress and accomplishments on Certified Defense Projects.

  • Box 396
    Duplicate Clippings.
Series IV. Photographs.

This series consists of photographs taken of various W.P.A. projects including sewage construction in Prince George and Westmoreland Counties, demolition of Virginia Hall at Virginia State College, and installation of storm drains in Norfolk County.

  • Box 554
    Photographs, 1937.
Series V. Miscellaneous Files.
  • Box 548
    Office files from Van Schreevan, 1942.

    Consists of office files of employees of the Work Projects Administration. Also includes a minute book, 1933-1936, of the Virginia Emergency Relief Administration.