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The Sargeant Memorial Collection is a repository of local history and genealogy resources and materials.

The SMC collection focuses on the City of Norfolk, the State of Virginia and surrounding states, such as Maryland, Tennessee, Kentucky, North and South Carolina, the District of Columbia, and West Virginia. The collection also provides material on the Commonwealth of Virginia and histories and census information for states contiguous to Virginia.

Most of the materials that are donated are accessible to the public or stored in a special location in the Library. Our policy of not circulating materials housed in the Sargeant Memorial Collection is essential to ensure the collection and preservation of historic materials.


Regular Collection

The regular SMC Collection is available on the second floor of the Slover Library and is available for patrons to browse at any time. The regular collection is searchable via the NPL online catalog.

The Regular Collection Includes:

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  • Electronic Resources

  • Books


SMC Digital Collection

Our digital collection contains scans of books, photographs, audio, video, documents, and other materials in our SMC Collection. These images can be accessed online and downloaded to your computer or device. Most of the images in the SMC Collection are copyrighted materials; images are for research purposes only.


Special Collection and Archives

The SMC Special Collection and Archives are available on the third floor of Slover Library and items must be retrieved by a SMC staff member. The SMC Reading Room Policy must be read and signed before viewing Special Collection items.

Special Collections Include:

  • Architectural Blueprints

  • Business Records

  • Organizational Records

  • Professional Genealogists’ Papers

  • Family Genealogy Collections

  • Personal Papers

  • Photographs

  • Scrapbooks

  • City of Norfolk Archives*

*Note:   The City of Norfolk Archives contains but is not limited to survey reports, annual reports, photographs, scrapbooks, promotional materials, and newsletters. The collection does not hold official departmental records such as official correspondence, director’s records, minutes, etc. Contact the City of Norfolk’s Records Management Department to access those type of records.