The Sargeant Memorial Collection (SMC) Photograph Collection consists of photographic images donated to us by individuals, Norfolk City departments, The Virginian-Pilot, and others purchased from vendors over the years. The majority of the photographs are from the mid-1920s to the mid-1950s and were given to the Norfolk Public Library in …
In collaboration with The Virginian-Pilot, we offer images from the newspaper’s photographic archives from the 1950s to 2000s. The Virginian-Pilot dates to 1865, and in the 1920s, it became one of the first newspapers in the region to create a photography department. That department continues to be nationally recognized for …
Carroll Walker, one of Norfolk’s most prolific twentieth century photographers, was a long time resident of the city who loved photography and history. He collected historical photographic images of Norfolk and the region over the years and after retiring from the Norfolk & Western Railroad, he practiced photography as a …
Harry Cowles Mann was one of Norfolk’s early twentieth century photographers whose works have survived in relative completeness. During his career as a commercial photographer, Mann offered panoramic photography as a service and typically took photographs of visiting conventions, commercial interests, and others for artistic …
These city directories are great resources of information about Norfolk, Berkley, and Portsmouth from the 1850s to 1931. The older city directories list individuals living in Norfolk and Portsmouth as well as local businesses. In most cases, the entries include home, work, and some family information. The business and organizational …
Welcome to the Sargeant Memorial Collection-Norfolk Public Library’s Digital Collections! These collections are part of the City of Norfolk’s local history and genealogy collection at the Norfolk Public Library. They include books, photographs, audio, video, documents and materials in other formats relating to Norfolk, the surrounding Greater Hampton Roads Region, the state of Virginia, and the northeastern section of North Carolina, including the Outer Banks. The bulk of the materials are from the late 1800s through present day, with some items dating back to the 1600s. Our scanning project is on going, so please contact us if you do not find what you are looking for. It is quite possible it is in our collection, but has not yet been digitized.
Most of the collections are for educational and personal use. We ask that you please cite the “Sargeant Memorial Collection – Norfolk Public Library” as the source of the material. For commercial usage, please contact the Sargeant Memorial Collection staff at (757) 431-7429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other collections, such as those from The Virginian-Pilot, who retain their copyright, please see their usage conditions and contact them directly.