We are happy to share that we are partnering with StoryCorps to record the stories of our community during the month of June. StoryCorps, a national non-profit dedicated to recording and preserving the stories of everyday people, will be visiting the Shenandoah Valley in June to record local stories. Working with them, we are inviting individuals to record and share conversations that will be preserved locally and at the Library of Congress for generations to come. 

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

The Shenandoah County Library is currently seeking volunteers who are interested in keeping a record of their lives during this unprecedented time.

Individuals are invited to participate by starting a journal, either physical or digital, and then donating their record to the county library to be preserved as part of our county's historic narrative. We also are encourage local photographers to capture images of how their communities are affected by COVID-19. 

Records should include information about everyday lives, activities, etc. and can be any length or in various mediums, including a written journal, digital productions, stories, art, poetry, or videos. You can submit materials directly to our collection at http://archives.countylib.org/contribution

We are also currently conducting a community survey to collect information about the community during this difficult time.

You can complete it at https://forms.gle/u9BSdfroqpbQw9J28 

Email Archivist Zachary Hottel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to sign up.