The Center for Local History's Community Archives at the Arlington Public Library collects and preserves materials that illustrate the history and culture of Arlington County. The Center's continually expanding collections house diverse and historically valuable materials from Arlington's residents, businesses, institutions, organizations, and local associations.

Materials in the Center's collections are a great resource for teachers, scholars, students, and anyone interested in the rich and vibrant history of Arlington County. Library patrons can find information on individuals, neighborhoods, events, and places in Arlington's past and present. Resources available to the public consist of both physical and digital materials; they include, but are not limited to:

- Oral Histories
- Photographs
- Archival Records
- Local Newspapers
- Digital Collections
- Maps

- Genealogical Materials

The Center for Local History Community Archives website provides access to digitized and digital-born resources from its collections. Collection Guides are also available, and they describe the contents of the Center's archival collections, both physical and in digital format.

Contact Us

Central Library - Main Floor
1015 N. Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 228-5966
Email: localhistory@arlingtonva.us