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If you enjoyed this exhibit, please visit us in person at the Virginiana Room, Main Street Library or online at www.nngov.com/library/resources/digital. This remarkable collection contains local history records, rare books, and the Old Dominion Land Company Records, plus many other hidden treasures. The Collection was once housed in the attic of the West Avenue Library for protection and then moved to the branch’s North Reading Room to give the public easier access to the materials. It was later moved to Main Street Library when it opened in 1996.

Exhibit Team

Supervising Librarian – Sherin Henderson
Senior Librarian, Virginiana Room – Gregg Grunow
Exhibit Coordinator – Judith S. Condra
Research Assistant – Leandra DeFeo

exhibit Consultant

Dr. Julie Richter


Mellen Street Graphics

Bibliography – Compiled by Leandra DeFeo

---------------. Blue Book. Newport News: Newport News Police Department, The Franklin Printing Company, 1915.

---------------. Catalogue: Fourth Session with Announcements for 1905-1906. Newport News: Newport News Academy, 1905.

Brushwood, L. B. Second Biennial Report. Newport News: The Virginia State School for Colored Deaf and Blind Children, 1913.

Hawkings, Van. Hampton/Newport News: A Pictorial History. Virginia Beach: The Donning Company/Publishers, Inc, 1975.

Jester, Annie Lash. Newport News, Virginia 1607-1960. Richmond: Whittet & Shepperson, 1961.

Livezey, Walter B. “A History of the Old Dominion Land Company’s Participation in the Development of the City of Newport News.” Paper presented at a meeting of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Association of Engineers, Newport News, Virginia, November 14, 1923.

Lyon, Ed. “Two Newport News Depots Spanned 89 Years of Service.” C & O Historical Magazine, June 1996,

Old Dominion Land Company. Facts Concerning the City of Newport News, Virginia. New York: The Giles Company, 1892.

Quarstein, John V. and Parke S. Rouse Jr. Newport News A Centennial History. Newport News: City of Newport News, 1996.

Rouse, Parke Jr. The Good Old Days in Hampton and Newport News. Richmond: The Dietz Press, 1986.

Rouse, Parke Jr. Newport News’ 325 Years: A Record of the Progress of a Virginia Community. Newport News: The Newport News Golden Anniversary Corporation, 1946.

Stauffer, W. T. “The Old Farms Out of Which the City of Newport News was Erected, with Some Account of the Families Which Dwelt Thereon.” The William and Mary Quarterly 3 (1934): 207, 211-212, 214-215.

Stauffer, W. T. “The Old Farms Out of Which the City of Newport News was Erected, with Some Account of the Families Which Dwelt Thereon.” The William and Mary Quarterly 2 (1935): 130, 132.

Weaver, C. E. Pen and Picture Sketches: Greater Newport News “The Shipbuilding City.” Illustrated Cities,

West, George Benjamin. When the Yankees Came: Civil War and Reconstruction on the Virginia Peninsula. ed. Parke Rouse, Jr. Richmond: The Dietz Press, 1977.

Main Street Library, Virginiana Collections Used:

Historic and Souvenir Postcard Collections
Photography Collection: Southland Studios, Rusk
Maps and Documents of the Old Dominion Land Company

We welcome your input. Please email us with your comments to virginiana@nngov.com