- Books, documents & microfilm pertaining to Portsmouth and Norfolk County
- Genealogies, memoirs, scrapbooks and notebooks of Portsmouth families and organizations (please donate or share)
- Photo Collections of a number of local historians/photographers. (Please donate or share)
- Jeffrey T Wilson - 1924 “Colored Notes” index and articles from Portsmouth Star newspaper; Bertha Edward – Notes on Portsmouth Black History Opens a New Window.
- Yearbook from various Portsmouth Schools digitized through a project with the Library of Virginia and are made available via the Internet Archive.
- Books by local authors
- Special section on the Civil War including the Applications for membership in the Stonewall Jackson Chapter of Confederate Veterans (including meeting minutes)
Vital & Cemetery Records
Vital and Cemetery Records can be accessed in the room, on this Portsmouth Public Library site, or by visiting the Portsmouth USGENWEB Archive Page and Find A Grave Website; these are updated periodically.
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