The Sargeant Memorial Collection Photograph Collection is made up of photographic images donated by individuals, Norfolk City departments, The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, and others. The majority of the photographs are from the mid-1920s to the mid-1950s and were given to Norfolk Public Library in 1980 by The Virginian Pilot and the …
In collaboration with The Virginian-Pilot, the Sargeant Memorial Collection offers images from the newspaper’s photographic archives from the 1950s to 2000s. The Virginian-Pilot dates back to 1865, and in the 1920s it became one of the first newspapers in the region to create a photography department. The department continues to …
Carroll Walker, one of Norfolk’s most prolific twentieth century photographers, was a longtime resident of the city who loved photography and history. He collected historical photographic images of Norfolk and the region. After retiring from the Norfolk & Western Railroad, he became a professional photographer. Walker published …
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. He typically photographed visiting conventions and commercial interests, but Mann also photographed for …
The city directories are great resources of information about Norfolk, Berkley, and Portsmouth from the 1850s to 1931. The older city directories list local businesses and individuals living in Norfolk and Portsmouth. In most cases, individual entries include home, work, and some family information. Business and organizational …
Welcome to the Norfolk Public Library’s Hampton Roads Heritage Project. The images in these collections come from the Sargeant Memorial Collection at Slover Library in Norfolk, Virginia. The Sargeant Memorial Collection is the region’s premier local history and genealogy collection. The photographs and other materials in the database are intended to help document the history and cultural heritage of Norfolk, the surrounding Hampton Roads region, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and northeastern North Carolina. The Hampton Roads Heritage Project is an ongoing scanning project, and only a small fraction of the materials have been digitized. For questions regarding use of the database or items in the collection that have not yet been digitized, please contact the Sargeant Memorial Collection staff at (757) 431-7429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norfolk Public Library encourages the use of all items in the Hampton Roads Heritage Project digital collections for fair use purposes such as teaching, research, and private study. For materials in which the Norfolk Public Library is identified as the owner of copyright, permission to use those materials for purposes other than personal research, teaching, and scholarly work must be obtained from an authorized representative of the library. Permission is not necessary for fair uses; however, the library requests that fair uses include an appropriate notice of copyright and attribution. Works of the government of the United States and, in general, works created before 1923 are in the public domain and permission is not required to make use of these works.
For materials that are not in the public domain and in which the library does not hold copyright, it is the responsibility of the patron to determine whether a particular use requires permission. The library may not make such determinations for the patron. Section 107 of the U. S. Copyright law specifically authorizes the use of works protected by copyright without permission for "purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching ..., scholarship, or research."