During the month of October the Shenandoah County Library will celebrate National Archives Month. This is a time to commemorate the work of repositories like our own Truban Archives and those staff members and volunteers who provide access to the collections they hold. 

To help celebrate, we will be hosting and participating in a series of local, regional, and national archival events including:


On Wednesday, October 20 2021 archivists from throughout the region will gather to share information about their collections during the third annual Shenandoah Valley Archives Fair.


From August 30 until October 9th the Shenandoah County Library will be hosting the "We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia" travelling exhibit. 

This display, sponsored by the Library of Virginia, commemorated the ratification of the 19th amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. It focuses on the Commonwealth's suffragists and their efforts to gain the right to vote. 

It will be available during regular library hours in the county library's entryway. 

The Shenandoah Room and Truban Archives largest collection of local history and genealogical material in Shenandoah County. We are committed to providing access to our collections while preserving the historic collections entrusted to our care. 

Shenandoah Room

Currently, the Shenandoah Room's collection of local history and family history works, and computer access to Family Search material and other databases, is available to researchers:

Monday: 10:00 - 6:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 6:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 6:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 8:00
Friday: 10:00 - 6:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 3:00

Archival Materials

Access to items from our Archival Collection, including historic documents, photographs, microfilm, and Family Folders require a research appointment to ensure proper access to items. 


Research Appointments

Individuals who need research assistance or who are conducting in depth research into a topic are encouraged to make a research appointment. This will allow staff to pre-pull materials and to conduct a more thorough search for items. 

Research appointments may be made between the hours of 10:00AM and 5:00PM Monday-Friday or on Saturdays by special request. 

 To make an appointment, email Archivist Zachary Hottel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact him via phone at (540)984-8200. 


Before You Visit

Contact Archivist Zachary Hottel to ensure the collection you need is available or to make an appointment to have material ready for your arrival

Search our catalog for relevant material  

Search our Family Folder index

Review our Research Guidelines page




When it was founded in 1984, the Shenandoah County Library committed itself to providing the resources our community needs to understand its history. To do this the library developed a collection of published local history works, microfilm, maps, and other works. In 2001 we moved to our current facility and a generous donation by Dr. William Truban allowed us to add an Archives. This helped us expand our collection to include photographs, primary sources, and rare books. Today, we remain committed to our mission of "collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Shenandoah County."

To fulfill this mission we continue to to operate the Shenandoah Room and the Truban Archives under the direction of our Archivist Zachary Hottel. You can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone at (540)984-8200 for any questions regarding these collections or research. Before visiting, be sure to review our research page. 

We are always looking to expand the size of our collection. Primarily we gather new materials through donations from individuals, businesses, and community groups. Our collection focuses on Shenandoah County and the Shenandoah Valley, and we are especially interested in any type of local history materials including letters, photographs, ledgers, maps, drawings, cards, etc. Contact Archivist Zachary Hottel to discuss a possible donation. 

We also invite you to help us better understand the history of our local businesses and ensure their story is not lost. Please complete a brief survey about any business's you remember or are currently involved with at our Business History Project