Norfolk Athenaeum Records, 1815-1842
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Brief Description: One 1815-1842 volume containing minutes of the Norfolk Athenaeum in Norfolk, Virginia. The book also includes a typescript copy of the act passed by the General Assembly that chartered the organization, an original listing of books of the Norfolk Athenaeum (divided by books which could be circulated among the subscribers and those which should remain in the Room), and several pages from the auctioning of books when the group formally disbanded in 1842.
Held at:
Sargeant Memorial Collection
Slover Library
235 East Plume Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 7574317429
Email: localhistory [at]
Record Series Number: 001/01/MSS 0000-178
Created by: Norfolk Athenaeum (1815-1842)
Volume: 1.0 Boxes
Acquired: 00/00/1953.
Arrangement: Arranged in original order.
Biographical Note for Norfolk Athenaeum (1815-1842) : The Norfolk Athenaeum was chartered by the Virginia General Assembly in January 1816. It was a literary institution whose aim was "to provide a Public Library and Reading Room for the purpose of diffusing a taste for useful reading throughout the community, and of furnishing men of Literature and science with the materials of research in their favorite studies, and in this manner to promote the great and inseparable interests of society and Religion..." (Norfolk Athenaeum Records, Page 1). The Norfolk Athenaeum dissolved in 1842.
Access Restrictions: This collection is open to all researchers.
Subject Index
Norfolk (Va.)
Norfolk (Va.)--Social life and customs--19th century
Genres/Forms of Material
Book catalogs
Bylaws (administrative records)
Lists (document genres)
Minutes (administrative records)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The status of copyright for these materials is governed by Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. C.). Copyright restrictions may apply.
Acquisition Notes: Mrs. Hugh Blair Grigsby Galt by donation
PreferredCitation: Norfolk Athenaeum Records, MSS 0000-178, Sargeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, Virginia.