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To Order Publications:
To order any publications, please contact Lauren Leake, Archives Assistant, by email or by phone (804) 482-6440. Lauren will confirm the costs of any publication(s) ordered and provide the tax and shipping costs for your order. You will then need to submit a check to DHR. Upon receipt of your order and check, your publications will be shipped out. DHR is unable to transact book orders and sales online with credit or debit cards.
To access an online publication, scroll down or click on bulleted link below to navigate to a description of publication, then click on title to access PDF for publications available online:
Dominion Virginia Architectural Style Guide: The New
Dominion Virginia Style Guide assists historic preservation
professionals, local governments, preservation advocates, students,
and interested members of the public with defining and documenting
the numerous types and styles of post-WW II architectural resources
in Virginia. Additionally, the guide offers an overview of the major
historic and architectural trends in Virginia from 1946 to 1991 and
instructions on improving entry of survey data in DHR’s Virginia
Cultural Resources Information System (V-CRIS).
DHR Official Survey Manual (PDF). Revised in 2011, the Survey Manual is officially known as the Guidelines for Conducting Historic Resources Survey in Virginia.Back to Top
How to Research Your Historic Virginia Property (Updated 2013). Owners of old Virginia houses, commercial buildings, mills, and farmsteads, as well as historians of churches, schools, and businesses often want to learn more about the history of their property but are not sure how to go about it. DHR recently updated our publication on how conduct research on a historic property, available for downloading as a PDF. This publication introduces you to some of the useful sources available for learning about the history of a Virginia property.
Interpreting the Standards Bulletins. Prepared by the National Park Service, these bulletins explain rehabilitation project decisions made by the National Park Service in its administration of the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program. The bulletins are case-specific and are provided as guidance only. They are not necessarily applicable beyond the unique facts and circumstances of each case.
Preservation Briefs. These in-depth reports prepared by the National Park Service provide valuable technical information and tips for important aspects of historic rehabilitation. Follow the Preservation Briefs link to the National Park Service Website for downloadable PDF versions of the briefs. Most Preservation Briefs also are available in print format from the Department of Historic Resources. For more information, go to the SOI's Standards.
Technical Assistance Reports and Updates. For help with the hands-on challenges of historic rehabilitations, these reports and updates, many prepared by DHR staff, provide technical assistance summaries on common problems that arise in maintaining and rehabilitating a historic property. Please also see Preservation Briefs.
First People: The Early
Indians of Virginia (2nd Edition) (1992, 2006) by
Keith Egloff and Deborah Woodward. Incorporating recent events in
the Native American community as well as additional information
gleaned from publications and public resources, this newly
redesigned and updated second edition of
First People brings back into print this concise and highly
readable narrative. Full of stories that represent the full
diversity of Virginia's Indians, past and present, this popular book
remains an essential introduction to the history of Virginia Indians
from prehistory to the present day. The book is available through
University of Virginia
Press, or local bookstores.
A Guidebook to Virginia's
Historical Markers (2007, University of Virginia
Press). An excellent source for traveling or browsing at home.
Includes nearly 900 markers and replacement markers installed along the commonwealth's roadways since the last edition
of the guide was published in 1994. This third edition of A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers brings together and updates the texts of more than 1,850 official state historical markers placed along Virginia's highways since 1927. Divided into six geographic-cultural regions, this edition contains maps and three individual indexes that assist the reader in locating markers by title, number, or subject matter. Available through bookstores or the
University of Virginia
Virginia Indians at Werowocomoco, NPS Handbook: An established Native American settlement as early as 1200 CE, Werowocomoco—located in Gloucester County, along the York River—was a secular and sacred seat of power of the Algonquian people in present-day Virginia, whom the English would call the “Powhatan.” The site was rediscovered in 2003. Only about 1 percent of the 58-acre site has been investigated; however, based on archaeological research conducted so far, it appears to be an unprecedented archaeological find for the eastern coastal region of the nation, and its significance to Virginia Indians today and our shared history is without parallel. Generously illustrated and informed by recent scholarship, this latest addition to the National Park Service Handbook series is an engaging and concise history of the site, its rediscovery, and what recent archaeology tells us about Werowocomoco. Order the book from the University of Virginia Press or online retailers such as Amazon. Priced at $12.95, consisting of 148 pages with more than 100 color images, photographs, and maps, this book is intended for a general reader interested in Native American and Virginia history.
The Virginia Landmarks Register, edited by Calder Loth. Published in 1999, this 608-page 4th edition, with 1,780 illustrations, compiles the state's buildings, structures, sites, and districts that have been officially designated (through 1998) as historic landmarks by the Department of Historic Resources since 1966. The collection of nearly 1,800 entries represents the most comprehensive inventory of Virginia's rich and varied historic legacy ever published in book form. The book is available through DHR, the University of Virginia Press, or local bookstores.
Notes on Virginia: No longer published, this former annual journal of DHR reported on Virginia historic preservation matters, and included listings of recent historic properties named to the Virginia Landmarks Register; historical highway markers approved for placement; easements donated to the Commonwealth; and other programs. (For copies of current or available back issues, contact Randy Jones. Issues 2002 through 2009 are available as PDFs here.)Back to Top