The establishment of the Sargeant Memorial Collection (SMC) began in 1927 with only a small
assortment of books and historical papers collected by William H. Sargeant, the first Librarian
to be hired by the City of Norfolk in 1897. He felt very strongly that Norfolk should have a
history collection devoted to her history and her people. The non-circulating collection includes
a variety of books and periodicals about Norfolk and Virginia, as well as Norfolk maps and photographs,
high school yearbooks, and city directories for the Hampton Roads region. Nearly 200 years of Norfolk
newspaper microfilms are available upon request. SMC's genealogy collection encompasses Virginia,
North Carolina, Maryland, and other nearby states, with books, microfilm, and CD's to assist in family research.
Today, the Sargeant Memorial Collection is one of Virginia's finest local history and genealogy collections.
We are located at the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library, 111 W. Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk, VA, 23503. Parking is available at this location.
directions from Mapquest.
Hours of Operation:
| Monday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.|
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Do you have a history or genealogy question? We can help. We conduct basic research for requests
we receive from electronic and traditional mail correspondence.
We will need all the information possible about the subject or individual and as close to an exact
date as possible if the timeframe is known. We process research inquiries in the order they are
received and we endeavor to respond in a timely manner.
Photocopy charges are $ 0.15 cents per page.
Postage is assessed at first class rates.
Checks should be made payable to City of Norfolk - Norfolk Public Library.
If you have extensive research questions, please contact a professional genealogist or researcher
to conduct the research.
Click HERE for a list of professional researchers supplied by the Library of Virginia.
Ways to Contact Us:
Mailing Address -
Phone Number - (757) 664-7485
Email - email@example.com