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Norfolk Athenaeum Records, 1815-1842 | Sargeant Memorial Collection

By Sarah Osorio

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ID: 001/01/MSS 0000-178

Primary Creator: Norfolk Athenaeum (1815-1842)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in original order.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1953

Subjects: Norfolk (Va.), Norfolk (Va.)--Social life and customs--19th century, Organizations

Forms of Material: Book catalogs, Bylaws (administrative records), Lists (document genres), Minutes (administrative records)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Norfolk (Va.)
Norfolk (Va.)--Social life and customs--19th century

Administrative Information

Repository: Sargeant Memorial Collection

Access Restrictions: This collection is open to all researchers.

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 Source: Mrs. Hugh Blair Grigsby Galt by donation

Preferred Citation: Norfolk Athenaeum Records, MSS 0000-178, Sargeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, Virginia.

Processing Information: Processed August 23, 2018.

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Norfolk Public Library
Slover Library
235 Plume Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
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