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Birds-eye-view illustration of Alexandria, Virginia entitled View of Alexandria VA. This drawing, made by artist James T. Palmatary, is undated though was likely produced in the mid-19th century.

Alexandria Library Digital Special Collections

Founded as a subscription library in 1794 and serving as the public library of Alexandria, VA since 1937 – Alexandria Library has a long legacy of supporting early literacy and lifelong learning in our diverse community. The Alexandria Library builds community through its six locations by providing opportunities to learn, explore, create, and connect. The Library’s Local History / Special Collections stewards many valuable resources documenting the history and culture of Alexandria and Virginia from the colonial period to the present.

Here you can browse our digital special collections and explore the history of Alexandria anywhere, anytime!

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