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Encyclopedia Virginia


Encyclopedia Virginia (EV) is an authoritative and user-friendly resource on the history and culture of Virginia. A project of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) in partnership with the Library of Virginia, EV publishes topical and biographical entries written by scholars, edited to be accessible to a general audience, and vigorously fact checked. Entries are accompanied by primary documents and media objects, including images, audio and visual clips, and links to Google Street View tours of historic sites. Content creation is a work in progress, with new entries published regularly.

In 2001, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded VFH a planning grant to study the feasibility of creating a comprehensive online resource focused on the history and culture of Virginia. After years of consulting with similar ventures, fund-raising, and infrastructure- and partnership-building, EV published its first entries late in 2008. In 2012, the project partnered with the Library of Virginia to become the digital publisher of the Library's ongoing, multivolume Dictionary of Virginia Biography, one of the most authoritative resources on Virginia history ever published.