State Libraries: Vermont to Wyoming

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Vermont Department of Libraries Newspaper Project
Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405,
(802) 656-2016
Interlibrary loan: Vermont’s Newspaper Project makes it possible for libraries to loan newspapers and town histories at no charge.

Vermont Historical Society
60 Washington St., Barre, VT 05641,
(802) 479-8500
Reference services: The research fee is $15. Holdings include published military service records and pension lists, cemetery inscriptions and the Works Progress (Projects) Administration graves index of soldiers buried in Vermont. Inquiries are accepted by mail or e-mail.

Library of Virginia
800 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219,
(814) 692-3888
Interlibrary loan: You can borrow vital records, newspapers, land records and other microfilmed materials.
Online databases: Thanks to the since-curtailed Digital Library Program (a victim of budget cuts), Virginia’s state library site has many online databases, including vital records, military records and land records. You can view images of early land patents and grants at
Reference services: Service fees range from $25 to $50 and are described at You can print out a form to request research in land, military or Bible records. Use another form to request a newspaper obituary or marriage notice for $10.

Virginia Historical Society
428 North Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220,
(804) 358-4901
Reference services: Up to one hour of research costs $20, and the fee includes a limited number of photocopies. The Web site has forms for submitting a reference question and requesting copies.

Washington State Archives
1129 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98504,
(360) 753-5485
Online databases: Find transcriptions of the 1851 Lewis County census (with page images), the 1860 census of Washington and the 1871 census of Yakima County on the Web site.

Washington State Historical Society
1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402,
(253) 272-3500
Reference services: Residents and society members get up to an hour of free staff research. A $30 minimum charge applies to most other inquiries. Click on Information, and then on Research Request Form to submit your question online.

Washington State Library
Point Plaza East Complex, 6880 Capitol Blvd. S., Tumwater, WA 98054,
(360) 704-5200
Interlibrary loan: Microfilmed newspapers, Washington Territorial census records from 1859 to 1892 and the index to Washington death records from 1907 to 1979 are available.

West Virginia State Archives
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25305,
(304) 558-0230
Interlibrary loan: You can’t borrow directly from the archives, but its Web site lists newspaper holdings on microfilm.
Reference services: The $10 fee includes up to $2.50 in photocopies and postage. Photo-copies cost 25 cents from paper and 50 cents from microfilm. Birth and death certificates cost $2.50. Submit up to two requests by mail.

Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State St., Madison, WI 53706,
(608) 264-6460
Interlibrary loan: The society lends all Wisconsin territorial and state censuses from 1836 to 1905 and thousands of newspapers from across the United States, plus the Draper manuscripts.
Online databases: If you have Wisconsin ancestors who served in the Civil War, check the Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. The new Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles database, located at has images of 16,000 articles from hundreds of newspapers published between 1860 and 1940.
Reference services: The research fee for nonresidents is $17.50. You can request copies of pre-1907 Wisconsin birth, marriage and death records and Civil War service records using the Online Genealogical Research Service.

Wyoming State Archives
2301 Central Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82002,
(307) 777-7826
Interlibrary loan: You can buy—but not borrow—microfilmed newspapers.
Reference services: The staff will spend a limited amount of time answering research requests submitted by mail, fax or e-mail. The archives has a large collection of Wyoming newspapers on microfilm.

Wyoming State Historical Society
1740H Dell Range Blvd., Cheyenne, WY 82009,
(307) 635-4881
Online databases: The Web site has an index to the Annals of Wyoming covering 1923 to 1994. Reference services: You can submit a question using a form available from the historical society’s Web site.

Wyoming State Library
2301 Capitol Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82002,
(307) 777-6333
Interlibrary loan: You can borrow most microfilm and other items in the collection for free. The library’s newspaper holdings are limited to turn-of-the-century Cheyenne papers.
Reference services: Staff will copy an article or obituary if you have a specific date. There’s no charge for just a few photocopies.