Virginia Room Collection Development Policy

The primary purpose of the Virginia Room collection is to acquire current and retrospective information about the people and history of Tazewell County, Virginia from its beginnings, to support local history and genealogical research. The collection includes selected histories and records of the areas along the migration routes people traveled coming into and leaving Tazewell County, including parent counties in Virginia and areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. The collection does not circulate.

The Virginia Room collection includes published and unpublished materials relating to the people, places, and events of Tazewell County, the Appalachian region, and to a lesser degree, the Commonwealth of Virginia. Materials include, but are not limited to, books, periodicals, maps, pamphlets, clipping files, photographs, manuscripts, microforms, scrapbooks. Space does not allow collecting unbound family papers. Museum objects are not collected.

Donations of materials and contributions to purchase materials provide valuable support and are gratefully accepted. Donations of published or bound family histories with relevance to Tazewell County families are appreciated. High school yearbooks for any school in Tazewell County are also welcomed. Gifts become the property of the Library and are organized into the collections at the Library's discretion.

Memorial gifts are accepted and may be designated for the Virginia Room. All contributions for purchasing materials are acknowledged, and books are plated.

Due to the permanent nature of this collection, very little material is weeded. Space is a critical issue in maintaining the valuable resources of the Virginia Room and in providing access to researchers. Interest in genealogical research attracts visitors from every state in the country, Canada, and occasionally other countries. As funds and time allow, the Library will digitize selected materials to provide broader access to eligible content.

Adopted 14 April 2010