Albemarle County and Charlottesville

There are many resources on the history of Charlottesville and Albemarle County in the University of Virginia Library. The resources listed below are by no means the only, nor even the majority, of local history materials available to the researcher. Check the online catalog for more information.

Many additional resources may be found at the Library of the Albemarle County Historical Society (see Online Library Resources).

History

Alderman Reference &
Fine Arts Stacks
F 234 .C47 A4 1942 1963 ed.
Alexander, James. Early Charlottesville : recollections of James Alexander, 1828-1874. [Charlottesville, Va. : The Michie Co., Printers] 1963.
Alderman Stacks &
Reference
LD5681 .B37 2001
Barefoot, Coy. The Corner : a history of student life at the University of Virginia. Charlottesville, VA : Howell Press, c2001.Includes bibliographical references and index.
The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. Website. Charlottesville, VA.Contains online resources such as: “The African American Cemeteries in Albemarle County Project,” and the “J. F. Bell Funeral Home Records, Charlottesville, VA 1917-1989.”
http://cvga.avenue.org/albcthse.htm Christensen, John C. E. Genealogical Research at the Albemarle County Courthouse. Charlottesville, VA, 1991.
Alderman Reference & Stacks, & Special Collections
F234 .C47 C66 2007
Cooper, Jean L. A guide to historic Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. Charleston, SC : The History Press, 2007.A guidebook arranged chronologically, with detailed historical essays and notes throughout each tour.
Alderman Stacks &
Special Collections
F234 .C4 C77 1998
Cross-White, Agnes. Charlottesville, an African-American community. Dover, N.H. : Arcadia, 1998.Focuses on black families, neighborhoods, social organizations, business life, and religious life from the 1900s to the 1960s. Includes visual images from the archives of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Tribune, from family collections and from the Holsinger Collection, University of Virginia Library, Special Collections Dept.
Alderman Reference
F232Special Collections
UVA Diss. 0637
Dabney, William Minor. Jefferson’s Albemarle: History of Albemarle County, Virginia, 1727-1819. Ph.D. diss., University of Virginia, 1951.A history and description of early Albemarle County, including the Revolutionary period. Topics covered include settlers, the justice system and courts, agriculture, education, medicine, slavery, labor, travel, towns and taverns, religious and social life, business, and politics. Bibliography; no index. Also available in microform.
Alderman Stacks & Reference
GV 1024 .D4 1993
De Alba, Susan. Country roads : Albemarle County, Virginia. Natural Bridge Station, Virginia : Rockbridge Publishing Company, c1993.Includes bibliographical references and index.
Alderman Reference
F232Special Collections
UVA Diss. 0602
Jones, Newton Bond. Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, 1819-1860. Ph.D. diss., University of Virginia, 1950.
Alderman Reference &
Alderman Stacks
F 234 .C47 J67 1988
Jordan, Ervin L. Charlottesville and the University of Virginia in the Civil War. Lynchburg, Va. : H.E. Howard, c1988.Includes bibliographical references (p. 182-200) and index.
Special Collections
PS3611 .E47 O6 2002
Kessler, Gary D. On the Downtown Mall. Piscataway, NJ : Gorgias Press, 2002.”On the Downtown Mall celebrates the vibrant city center of historic Charlottesville, Virginia, with thirty-six integrated short stories, a gallery of both contemporary and vintage photography, and a historical essay.” — p. [4] of cover.
Alderman Reference &
Alderman Stacks
F 232 .A3 M3
The Magazine of Albemarle County History. Charlottesville, Va. : Albemarle County Historical Society, 1951- Complete holdings.Previous title: Papers of the Albemarle County Historical Society.
Fine Arts Stacks &
Special Collections Library
F234 .C47 F76 1990
Mangione, Wilma T., ed. From porch swings to patios : an oral history project of Charlottesville neighborhoods, 1914-1984. Charlottesville : City of Charlottesville, 1990.
Alderman Stacks & Reference
Clemons Library
F232 .A3 M66
Moore, John Harmond. Albemarle: Jefferson’s County, 1727-1976. Charlottesville, Va.: University Press of Virginia, 1976.
Alderman Stacks
E 581.8 .C5 M66 1990
Moore, Robert H. The Charlottesville, Lee Lynchburg and Johnson’s Bedford Artillery. 1st ed. Lynchburg, Va. : H.E. Howard, c1990.
Alderman Stacks & Reference
F232 .A3 R2 1925
Rawlings, Mary. The Albemarle of Other Days. Charlottesville, Va. : The Michie Company, 1925.A history of Albemarle County, emphasizing Jefferson’s lifetime. Includes early Albemarle map. Index.
Alderman Stacks & Reference
Fine Arts Library
F232 .A3 R17 1935
Rawlings, Mary. Ante-bellum Albemarle; Albemarle County, Virginia, historical sketches. Charlottesville, Va. : Peoples National Bank, 1935.Brief historical sketches of local buildings and estates, including ownership history. Index.
Alderman Reference
F232.A3 S3 1932
St. Claire, Emily Entwisle. Beautiful and Historic Albemarle. Richmond: Appeals Press, 1932.Historical sketch of Albemarle County and Charlottesville, Index not all-inclusive.
Alderman Stacks
E581.8 .A64 S54 1996
Sherwood, W. Cullen. Amherst Artillery, Albemarle Artillery, and Sturdivant’s Battery. 1st ed. Lynchburg, Va. : H.E. Howard, c1996.
Alderman Stacks & Reference
Clemons Stacks
F232 .A3 W87 1978
Virginia Writers’ Project. Jefferson’s Albemarle: A Guide to Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville, Virginia. New York : AMS Press, 1978.Chiefly a tour guide, with some historical references. Index.
Alderman Reference
F232Special Collections Library
Master’s Thesis 1507
Watts, Charles Wilder. Colonial Albemarle: The Social and Economic History of a Piedmont Virginia County, 1727-1775. M.A. thesis, University of Virginia, 1948.Discusses land settlement, patents, and speculation, as well as the economic, social, religious, and educational aspects of the time. Appendix 111, pp. 110-79: chronological list of land patents in Albemarle County through 1774. May shows locations of land for the patents granted.
Alderman Reference
F232Special Collections Library
Diss. 0805
Webb, William Edward. Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, 1865-1900. Ph.D. diss., University of Virginia, 1955.A social, economic, and political survey. Bibliography; no index.
Special Collections
BM225.C47 B42 1982
Willner, Nancy E. A brief history of the Jewish community in Charlottesville and Albemarle. [Charlottesville, Va. : Congregation Beth Israel, 1982.]A history of Congregation Beth Israel, 1882-1982, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Alderman Reference & Alderman Stacks
F232.A3 W8 1989
Woods, Edgar. Albemarle County in Virginia : giving some account of what it was by nature, of what it was made by man, and of some of the men who made it. Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, 1989.Facsimile reprint. Originally published: Charlottesville, Va. : Michie, 1901. A history of Albemarle County. Appendices give miscellaneous lists of people (such as soldiers, county officials, legislators) and a necrology. Indexed by Coddington (above).

Records

Special Collections
D 639 .N4 A47 2002
African-American Genealogy Group of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Local African-American veterans of World War I : from various sources. [Charlottesville, Va. : African-American Genealogy Group of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, 2002]”Included are those who were inducted in Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville, those who lived here in 1930 and those who are buried here. Those who died in service are underlined.”–Leaf [1].
Alderman Stacks & Reference
F 221 .V91
“Albemarle County Marriages.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 31 (1923): 333-38, 32 (1924): 365-69.The marriage book of Rev. John Gibson of Albemarle County. Lists marriages (name of groom and bride) chronologically.
Special Collections
F232 .H3 B73 2002
Brewer, Mary Marshall. Quaker records of Cedar Creek Monthly Meeting, Virginia, 1739-1793. Lewes, Del : Colonial Roots, 2002.”Friends of the Upper James River … settled a meeting by Cedar Creek in Hanover County … soon encompassed Friends living in the counties of Albemarle, Amelia, Bedford, Campbell, Caroline, Charles City (part) Goochland, Halifax, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa and Orange counties and Richmond City.”–p. v.
Special Collections
F232 .A3 C46
Central Virginia heritage. Crozet, Va. : Central Virginia Genealogical Association, [1984- ] Incomplete holdings.Previous title: Central Virginia Genealogical Association Quarterly.
Alderman Reference
F232.A3 W82 1936
Coddington, Anne Bartlett, and Edward N. Dunlap. A genealogical index to the “History of Albemarle County, Virginia”, titled, “Albemarle in Virginia.” Philadelphia, Magee Press, 1936.Indexes Woods (below).
Alderman Stacks & Reference
Fine Arts Stacks & Reference
F 232 .A3 M3
Hemphill, W. Edwin, and Evelyn Dollens. “Marriages in Albemarle County, 1780-1785.” Papers of the Albemarle County Historical Society 6 (1945-46) : 41-62.Two compilations of Albemarle County marriage records for the period 1780-85. Comprehensive index includes names of grooms, brides, and sureties.
Alderman Reference
F232.A3 K45 1940
King, Junie Estelle Stewart. Abstracts of Wills, Inventories, and Administration Accounts of Albemarle County, Virginia, 1748-1800. Beverly Hills, Calif., 1964.Brief abstracts of Albemarle County Will books A, B (2), 3, and 4 (i.e., 1748-1800). List of wills, 1800-1804, without abstracts. List of pensions to 1835; list of inventories, 1749-1800. Index by surname only.
Alderman Stacks & Reference
Fine Arts Stacks & Reference
F 232 .A3 M3
Murphy, Mary Catharine. “Abstracts of Marriages in Charlottesville Newspapers, 1820-1859.” Magazine of Albemarle County History 21 (1962-63): 23-53.Abstracts of marriage announcements from the Charlottesville newspapers The Central Gazette, Virginia Advocate, and Jeffersonian Republican.
Alderman Stacks & Reference
Fine Arts Stacks & Reference
F 232 .A3 M3
Murphy, Mary Catharine.”Abstracts of Obituaries in Charlottesville Newspapers, 1860-1869.” Magazine of Albemarle County History 23 (1964-65): 45-70.Abstracts of obituaries from the Charlottesville newspapers Virginia Advocate, Jeffersonian Republican, Daily Chronicle, Tri-Weekly Chronicle, Semi- Weekly Chronicle, and the Charlottesville Chronicle.
Alderman Stacks & Reference
Fine Arts Stacks & Reference
F 232 .A3 M3
Murphy, Mary Catharine. “Abstracts of Obituaries in Charlottesville Newspapers, 1827-1859,” Magazine of Albemarle County History 19 (1960-61): 41-57.Abstracts of obituaries from the Charlottesville newspapers The Central Gazette Virginia Advocate, and Jeffersonian Republican.
Special Collections
F 232 .A3 M8 1968
Murphy, Mary Catharine. Guardians’ Bonds of Albemarle County, Virginia, 1783-1852. Typescript. Charlottesville, Va., 1968.Abstracts of guardians’ bonds, listing name of orphan, parent, guardian, security, date, amount of bond, and page on which the record is located in the county guardian books, Section I: loose bonds, 1783-1824; Section I: bonds from the county bond book, 1829-44; Section III: bond book, 1844-52. Comprehensive index.
Alderman Reference & Special Collections
F232 .A3 N6 1956
Norford, William L. Marriages of Albemarle County and Charlottesville, Virginia, 1781-1929. Charlottesville, Va. : Jarman Printing Company, 1956.Lists Albemarle County marriages for 1781-1929 and Charlottesville marriages for 1888-1929. Arranged alphabetically by groom’s surname and chronologically within each letter of the alphabet. No index.
Alderman Stacks & Reference
F 221 .V91
Rachal, William, ed. “Marriage Notices from The Central Gazette, 1820-1827.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 62 (1954): 12P-31.Abstracts of marriages recorded in Charlottesville’s first newspaper, the weekly Central Gazette.
Alderman Stacks & Reference
Fine Arts Stacks & Reference
F 232 .A3 M3
Rachal, William, ed. “Obituaries from The Central Gazette, 1820-1827.” Papers of the Albemarle County Historical Society 10 (1949-50): 31-38.Abstracts of obituaries from The Central Gazette issues in Alderman Library.
Special Collections
E 483.1 .V5 R5 1920
Richey, Homer. Memorial of the John Bowie Strange Camp, United Confederate Veterans. Charlottesville, Va. : The Michie Company, 1920.Includes biographical sketches of soldiers from Albemarle County who served in the Confederate army.
Special Collections
F232 .A3 V64 1991
Vogt, John. Albemarle County marriages, 1780-1853. Athens, Georgia : Iberian Publishing Co., c1991. 3 vols.v. 1. Surname frequency, marriage abstracts–alpha by husband — v. 2. Marriage abstracts–alpha by wife — v. 3. Date frequency, ministers’ list & index.
Special Collections
F232.A3 W2 1958
Walker’s Parish (Albemarle County, Va.). Record of marriages from the parish register, Walker’s Parish, Albemarle County, Va. from 1885-1956. Ed. Susan Metcalfe Musselman. Typescript, 1958.
Alderman Stacks & Reference
Fine Arts Stacks & Reference
F 232 .A3 M3
Wyllie, Evelyn Dollens. “Marriage Bonds in Albemarle County, 1786-1795.” Papers of the Albemarle County Historical Society 9 (1948-49) : 42-75.A continuation of Hemphill and Dollens above. Comprehensive index.