The Shenandoah County Library is committed to identifying, collecting, preserving, cataloging, and providing access to resources related to the culture, history, life, and heritage of Shenandoah County.
To do so we maintain the Shenandoah Room filled with local history reference materials, and the Truban Archives which houses historic documents and items. If you need help advancing your research, be sure to check out our Research Assistance Guide before visiting.
Most of our local history collection is available during regular library hours. However, materials in our archives is only available when our archivist or a volunteer is on duty. While we reccomend you contact us in advance to assure someone is available, individuals are usually available:
|Monday & Tuesday||10:00AM-5:30PM|
|Thursday & Friday||10:00AM-5:30PM|
Lost in Collections
1922 Mt. Jackson High School Diploma awarded to Maye G. Lytton
What Happened Here?
Learn about your community by participating in our What Happened Here? local history project.
Shenandoah County has a long an rich history. Numerous local organization preserve that past, and interpret its meaning including:
Archive "Heralds" Change
Archive "Heralds" Change
The past several months has brought a massive amount of change to the Truban Archives and Shenandoah Room. We have welcomed a new archivist, new volunteers, new programs, and new initiatives. More importantly, we have also been busy acquiring and developing new collections and tools designed to help us better understand this area’s past.
National Archives Month 2015
Celebrate by helping us go digital!
After several months of planning, we are prepared to launch our updated digital archives. However we need content to fill this new space. To meet this need we will be hosting a series of digitization events including:
Public Digitization Day October 3:
The first of these is a public digitization day on Saturday October 3 from 10:00AM-4:00PM. During that time we invite you to bring in documents and objects relating to this area's history to be digitized. These items can then be utilized by researchers around the world to help tell our stories.
How it works:
-Bring your historic object or document by the library and complete a digitization form giving the archives permission to photograph/scan your items.
-Staff will photograph or scan your items and return them to you. (Books and large collections may have to be; loaned to the library for several weeks to complete digitization)<
-We will then ask you to share any information you have about the objects with us.
-The photographs, scans, and history we collected will be processed made available to researchers via the library's website after a few weeks.
What we are looking for:
-Civil War Objects
-Items from World War II
Note: The Truban Archives focuses on Shenandoah County's past. Items should have a local connection.
Digitization Marathon Week of October 19-23
Within the Truban Archives is an extensive collection of over 200;19th and 20th century tax books. These provide detailed information on demographics, business activities, financial transactions, slave ownership, and property transfers. Many of these books are only available at the archives. However they are difficult to utilize and many are extremely fragile. To protect these records, and to provide for better access, these have been given a priority place in our digitization schedule.