African-American History Month – Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe – a professional tennis player, an activist, a Richmonder. Read more

Small Photos, Big Personalities!

Don’t let their size fool you! These little treasures that make up our “small photo collection” are full of surprises.  We have hundreds of pocket-sized images of all kinds of Richmonders, from actors to assassins.  If you’d like to come take a look, the archives are open to researchers. Please email to schedule an appointment. Read more

President’s Day

Washington’s Birthday, known today as Presidents Day, begin as a federal holiday to honor George Washington’s birthday, the first president of the United States of America. The federal holiday was implemented by an Act of Congress in 1879 for government offices in Washington, DC and then expanded to all federal offices in 1885. The federal holiday was celebrated on February 22, the actual birthday of Washington but was shifted to the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act on January 1, 1971. Presidents Day was started by President Richard Nixon to honor past presidents of the United States. Both Washington and Abraham Lincoln celebrated birthdays in February. Read more

Taste of Fashion Week

February 7th marks the beginning of the chaotic season that is fashion week. The season starts out with New York Fashion Week from February 7th through the 14th, then London from February 15th through the 19th, Milan from February 20th through the 26th, and finally closes out with Paris February 26th through March 6th. Read more

See the World in 3D

Have you been on a trip lately? How did you get there? By car, airplane, bus or train? Did you take photographs of your journey? Today we take travel for granted, but in the late 19th and early 20th century it was not as easy to get around. There was no television, movies or the Internet. How then, did people learn about distant people and places? Books of course, but another way might have been to use a stereopticon or stereograph. Read more